New Delhi: Today, A team of Delhi Police arrested AAP MLA and Gujarat in-charge Gulab Singh in Surat, hours before a rally to be addressed by Chief Minister of Delhi Arvind Kejriwal. Gulab Singh had been camping for a week in Gujarat. Singh was taken into custody and produced before a magistrate to obtain a transit remand.
Gulab Singh is the 14th Aam Aadmi Party MLA from Delhi to be arrested.
Anticipating his arrest, Gulab Singh had presented himself before new Surat Police Commissioner Satish Sharma while the Delhi Police team flew into the city armed with a non-bailable arrest warrant.
When he had failed to turn up for interrogation, a warrant was issued two days back in connection with an extortion case..
Arvind Kejriwal on his third and last day of Gujarat tour, accused BJP President Amit Shah of going out of his way to disrupt the AAP rally in Surat, Gujarat.
Delhi CM Kejriwal told Journalists that the warrant was issued two days before the rally and today a Delhi Police team has arrived to arrest Gulab Singh, who is Gujarat in-charge.
He further said that this shows the BJP is nervous. Amit Shah has also tried to organise protests against my visit. I appeal to him to not to disrupt the rally as it is not an AAP rally but a rally of Gujarat’s people.
AAP MLA Gulab Singh told reporters that the charges against him were baseless.
He said that I am in Surat for the last six days. It is on the day of the rally that Delhi Police has arrived in Surat to arrest me. I am not in touch with those arrested in connection with the case.
The driver of Gulab Singh also was arrested last month along with an associate in Delhi.
Delhi Tourism Minister and AAP leader Kapil Mishra accompanied Gulab Singh when the latter reached the Umra police station shouting slogans like “Bharat Mata ki Jai”.
It is a political stunt. Kejriwal met families who lost their sons to police firing on Patidar protesters last year. He is set to address the party’s first rally in Varachha, which has a sizeable population of Patidars and has been a hotspot of the Patel agitation.
A major Patel rally in honour of Amit Shah, Chief Minister Vijay Rupani and state BJP President Jitu Vaghani in Surat was disrupted last month by the Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS) activists.