Arjun Rathwa, an Aam Aadmi Party leader from the tribal-dominated Chhota Udepur district, claimed he is being systematically victimised by BJP and Congress leaders here by filing several false police cases against him. Rathwa had contested the 2014 Lok Sabha election on an AAP ticket from Chhota Udepur.
To counter this, AAP Gujarat unit is set to launch a campaign against BJP-Congress leaders facing serious criminal cases. Speaking to the press in Ahmedabad Saturday, Rathwa shared a sting CD containing evidence where one Mukesh Rathwa (30) claims to have put up a false case against Arjun Rathwa and named ex-rail minister of state Naranbhai Rathwa, sitting MLA Mohansinh Rathwa, Sangram Rathwa, general secretary of Gujarat Pradesh Youth Congress Committee and Police Inspector RB Devada (LCB) of conspiring the same. Arjun Rathwa, the Central Zone in-charge of AAP Gujarat Unit, was previously a lecturer at the Shri Mohansinh Chhotubhai Rathwa College and said that he has currently being rendered unemployed. “Four FIRs have been wrongly filed against me and I have approached Gujarat HC to quash them. After my arrest this April, I was suspended from the college where I was teaching with no inquiry. One of the FIRs against me is regarding breaking of tribal leader and icon Birsa Munda statue on April 14 this year when I was already in custody. Currently, I’ve received an order of banishment from eight districts by the sub-divisional magistrate of Chhota Udepur based on the FIRs and have filed my response to the same,” said Arjun Rathwa.
In 2014, the AAP leader had alleged threats by his rival Congress candidate Naranbhai Rathwa for highlighting substandard facilities and presence of liquor in two government-aided schools run by a trust headed by the latter. Harshil Nayak, AAP media coordinator, said senior AAP leaders were set to meet home secretary and launch a drive to seek update on criminal cases against BJP and Congress leaders.