The only BJP MLA from Telangana, Raja Singh, who shared on Twitter a short video clip of a song sung by him, is facing flak from Pakistan’s army for copying their official ISPR song.
Singh, however, defiantly stood by his song, posting another video as a message to the Pakistani media.
Seen adorning a saffron kurta and seated in his chair with a tilak on his forehead, the MLA insisted: ” #Pakistani singer’s may have copied my song we don’t have to copy anything from a terrorist state like Pakistan.”
Pakistan Armed forces spokesperson Major General Asif Ghafoor, on the other hand, tweeted on Sunday that it was the legislator who had copied the song released by them in March. “Pakistani media isn’t covering the ‘so called’ song. In rest of the world, this is called something else…”
“Glad that you copied. But copy to speak the truth as well. #PakistanZindabad,” Asif Ghafoor had earlier tweeted from his personal handle, ridiculing the MLA for replacing ‘Pakistan Zindabad’ in the song with ‘Hindustan Zindabad’.
The MLA, who represents Goshamahal constituency in Hyderabad, had on 12 April posted the video of him singing “Hindustan Zindabad” with a short post that announced: “My new song which will be released on 14th April at 11:45 AM on the occasion of #SriRamNavami is dedicated to our #IndianArmy forces.”
Raj Singh, whose Twitter handle is @TigerRajaSingh, had dedicated the song to the Indian armed forces on the occasion of Ram Navami on Sunday.
In the video, he is seen in a recording studio wearing a white kurta-pyjama with a mic in front of him. He is seen holding a page, into which he peeps, time and again to sync lyrics with the music.
— Chowkidar Raja Singh (@TigerRajaSingh) April 12, 2019
I’m more surprised that even a terriorst nation produces singer’s. #Pakistani singer’s may have copied my song we don’t have to copy anything from a terrorist state like Pakistan. pic.twitter.com/nnXIinOt1E
— Chowkidar Raja Singh (@TigerRajaSingh) April 14, 2019
Pakistani media isn’t covering the ‘so called’ song. In rest of the world this is called something else…
Second sentence of previous tweet ie “But copy to speak the truth as well” stays valid as expected.
This lie too not a surprise. That’s what was said, we can’t be surprised. https://t.co/3tJzg43ccF
— Asif Ghafoor (@peaceforchange) April 15, 2019
Just when the Twitter war broke out, many users shared a video of the original Pakistani song sung by Sahir Ali Bagga. On the eve of Pakistan Day that falls on 23 March, the ISPR’s official handle had shared the song as their official song on YouTube.
Hindutva Gang’s Hyderabadi Bigot Raja Singh sings a song ‘Hindustan Zindabad’ which is a blind copy of Pakistan Army ISPR’s theme song ‘Pakistan Zindabad’! https://t.co/b2EAskvUrh
— Ashok Swain (@ashoswai) April 14, 2019
While some people on social media are trolling the warring parties, many are siding with them, some claiming that the legislator copied the song while others are defending him.