“Vendetta Politics”: Congress’s Jignesh Mewani on Arrest In Assam


Guwahati:

Congress’s Jignesh Mewani, produced in a court in Assam’s Kokrajhar today, alleged that his arrest was “vendetta politics and this is by PMO (Prime Minister’s Office)”. The 41-year-old firebrand leader from Gujarat has been named in a complaint filed by a local BJP leader over his tweets on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, which have since been removed from the social media platform.

The surprise arrest by the Assam police took place last night in Palanpur. Mr Mewani has been charged with criminal conspiracy, offence related to place of worship, outraging religious feelings, and provocation that might lead to breach of peace.

In his complaint, BJP leader Arup Kumar Dey alleged that Mr Mewani’s tweet caused “widespread criticism” and “had the propensity to disturb public tranquility”. “It is more likely to incite a section of the masses belonging to a certain community,” the complaint added.

Pointing to the rush in which the case was filed and the arrest made, the Congress said the arrest was made with an eye to the coming assembly elections in Gujarat, a state the BJP has been ruling since 1995.

The complaint was filed within 24 hours of Mr Mewani’s tweet and arrest made within another 24 hours of the First Information Report. The Assam police are yet to explain the urgency.

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