Just hours before Delhi Chief Minister and AAP convener Arvind Kejriwal was to go up and address a rally in Surat on Sunday, a Delhi police came and arrested AAP Delhi MLA and Gujarat in-charge Gulab Singh.
The MLA had been camping for a week in Gujarat and was taken into custody and produced before the judge to obtain a transit remand.
He is the 14th Aam Aadmi Party MLA from Delhi to be arrested.
Having anticipated his arrest, Gulab Singh went and presented himself before Satish Sharma, the new Surat Police Commissioner, while Delhi Police team flew into the city carrying with them a non-bailable arrest warrant.
The warrant was issued in connection to an extortion case after he had failed to turn up for interrogation.
Arvind Kejriwal, well ahead of the arrest, accused BJP President Amit Shah, on the last day of his Gujarat tour, for going out of his way to disrupt the rally held by AAP in Surat.
He had made the same allegation when he left Delhi on Thursday night.
“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,” Mr Kejriwal told journalists.
“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.”
Gulab Singh, before presenting himself to the cops, told reporters that the charges against him were baseless.
“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,” he said.
Gulab Singh’s driver was arrested last month along with an associate in Delhi.
Gulab Singh reached the Umra police station shouting slogans such as “Bharat Mata ki Jai” and was accompanied by Delhi Tourism Minister and AAP leader Kapil Mishra.
Mishra took on to twitter and tweeted that the Delhi Police was in quite a hurry to make the arrest before the rally began and had told the legislator that they would return to Delhi by train when tickets became available.