The Aam Aadmi party on Friday announced Isudan Gadhvi as the top ministerial candidate for the upcoming Gujarat assembly elections. A popular name in the state, the former news anchor has been charged with the responsibility of leading AAP’s campaign to victory.
While Gadhvi is undoubtedly loved by much of the state’s population, he has also had a few controversial moments.
In January, Gadhvi was arrested for alleged alcohol consumption. Alcohol is prohibited in Gujarat which is a dry state. The FIR showed that the AAP leader had 0.0545 percent (by volume) alcohol in his blood. Gadhvi denied the charges, saying the forensic report may have been tampered with at the instigation of the BJP and that he was ready to undergo a lie detector test to prove he was a teetotaler.
“I have never drunk alcohol and have never even touched alcohol. My report itself is under suspicion. My breath analysis report was negative, so how can the blood report be positive? I’m also ready to take my lie detector test,” he told reporters.
On December 20 last year, AAP leaders and workers reached BJP’s state office in Ahmedabad to protest a paper leak scandal. There was a clash between the workers of both sides.
A BJP activist accused AAP leaders and workers, including Gadhvi, of molesting her while intoxicated. The police took him to the civilian hospital in Gandhinagar for medical examination.
The alcohol test came back positive on December 30 and a case was registered against Gadhvi under section 66 (1) B [makes any person liable for punishment on conviction for the offence of “consuming, using, possessing or transporting any intoxicant or hemp”] and 85 (1) [presumed to have drunk liquor or consumed any other intoxicant “for the purpose of being intoxicated and not for a medicinal purpose” until the contrary is proved] of the Gujarat Prohibition Act and other laws.
A few days later, he was arrested and released on bail within hours. The case is pending in court.
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