New Delhi: Delhi Police on Thursday detained Gujarat Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) chief Gopal Italia from National Commission for Women (NCW) office in Delhi in a connection with a video where he was purportedly seen using derogatory language for Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
“The NCW chief is threatening to put me in jail. What can the Modi government give to the Patel community other than jail. The BJP hates Patidar society. I am a descendant of Sardar Patel. Not afraid of your prisons. Put me in jail,” Gopal Italia said in a tweet before his detention.
Responding to the detention, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said: Why is the entire BJP behind Gopal Italia?
BJP’s IT cell in-charge Amit Malviya had on Sunday shared the purported video of Italia on Twitter where Italia can be heard calling PM Modi “neech aadmi” (a lowly person).
Gujarat has been a stronghold of the BJP, Where which has been in power for nearly three decades. AAP has been trying to make inroads in the state by positioning itself as the main challenger to the BJP.
The elections in the state are scheduled to be held later this year.
Earlier in the day, some AAP members protested outside the NCW office in support of Italia. They also called some of Sharma’s past tweets objectionable.