Hyderabad: Telangana BJP president Bandi Sanjay Kumar on Saturday asked the Bharatiya Janta Yuva Morcha activists to stop stand-up comedian Munawar Faruqui's shows in the city. Addressed a gathering of BJP and BJYM workers at the BJP office in Hyderabad, he criticized IT and industries minister K.T Rama Rao for inviting the stand-up comedian to perform in the city.

Munawar Faruqui is performing his show 'Dhando' in Hyderabad on 9 January 2022.

"It is your responsibility to prevent the entry of Faruqui into the city. The minister who refers to himself as a true Hindu is an atheist. Munawar Faruqui has insulted Durga, Sita, Rama, Ramayana and Bhagwad Gita in his shows and these people are welcoming him here. We can understand what kind of people are running the state," he said during a programme organized on the occasion of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee's birth anniversary.

Bandi Sanjay was responding to an invitation extended to Faruqui by KTR. Following protests in Karnataka by the BJP cadre, the minister had welcomed the stand-up comedian saying we are more tolerant than others.

The stand-up comedian had announced a show in the city days after KTR took a jibe at the BJP government in Karnataka for cancelling Faruqui and Kunal Kamra's shows in Bengaluru over threats from Hindu groups.

On Friday, BJP MP Arvind Dharmapuri had said Munawar Faruqui's upcoming show in Hyderabad will not be allowed. "Do you know who Munawar Faruqui is? He has cracked jokes about goddess Sita who is worshipped by the majority of Hindus. While a state like Karnataka has banned him, KTR has welcomed him into Telangana to perform comedy. Has the Hindu society become a comedy to this father-son? (KCR and KTR)?" asked Mr. Dharmapuri.

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