Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma claimed ignorance Thursday when requested about Gujarat MLA Jignesh Mevani, who was arrested late final night time in reference to allegedly offensive tweets about prime minister Narendra Modi and delivered to Guwahati right now. “I don’t know. Who is he?” the chief minister requested when reporters sought his response to Mevani’s arrest. “I’m not aware of the specifics,” he mentioned, “Who will do vendetta politics when I don’t know him?”
The Assam chief minister additionally snuck in a swipe on the Congress, which has rushed authorized help to assist defend Mevani. “There will be enough evidence in Congress-ruled states where things (tweets) have been taken seriously,” he mentioned.
The Congress has claimed a ‘conspiracy’ within the arrest of Jignesh Mevani.
Assam unit chief Bhupen Borah claimed no particulars had been offered of the FIR primarily based on which Mevani was arrested and declaring Mevani is a vocal critic of the BJP and RSS (Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, the BJP’s ideological mentor).’
Assam Congress spokesperson Manjit Mahanta instructed PTI the Congress would launch protests towards the state if Mevani weren’t launched on bail.
“We will wait for two days owing to Guwahati Municipal Corporation elections (Friday). If Mevani is not given bail in the meantime, we will start a movement.”
Rahul Gandhi additionally weighed in; he tweeted: “Modiji, you can try to crush dissent by abusing state machinery. But you can never imprison the truth.”
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Jignesh Mevani was broadly anticipated to hitch the Congress in October final year; his signing was seen as a lift forward of meeting elections due later this year.
However, he later mentioned ‘technical causes’ meant he couldn’t be part of. He did prolong assist and mentioned he would contest the 2022 election on a Congress ticket.
A crew from Assam Police arrested the Dalit chief and unbiased lawmaker at 11.30 pm yesterday from Palanpur city in Gujarat after a FIR (first data report) with varied prices, together with legal conspiracy, was filed in Assam’s Kokrajhar district.
He was flown to Guwahati after which taken to Korajhar by highway, the place he was offered on the police station and preparations made for his bail plea.
“An FIR was registered against him for his tweet. We are moving his bail petition and we are hopeful that he will be out today,” Kankan Das, a lawyer and the overall secretary of the Congress’ Assam unit, was quoted by information company ANI.
The grievance towards Mevani was registered by Arup Dey, who is a Bodoland Territorial Region govt member and BJP functionary. It was filed April 18.
According to the grievance Mevani’s tweet referred to Modi and claimed he ‘worships and considers [Mahatma Gandhi’s assassin] ‘Godse as God’, whereas additionally asking the prime minister to enchantment for peace and concord in Gujarat’s communal violence-hit Himmatnagar, Khambhat, and Veraval.
With enter from ANI, PTI