TMC’s Saket Gokhale arrested for tweet about Morbi bridge collapse

Trinamool Congress spokesperson Saket Gokhale was arrested on Monday from Rajasthan by the Gujarat Police for a tweet he had posted about the Morbi bridge collapse.

Kanchan Gupta, a senior adviser to the Union Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, said that Gokhale has been taken into custody for sharing newspaper clippings about a fake Right to Information application on the money spent on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Morbi after the bridge collapse.

He cited the Press Information Bureau saying that Gokhale’s tweet from December 1, saying RTI showed that Modi’s visit to Morbi cost Rs 30 crore is fake.

On Tuesday, TMC senior leader and MP Derek O’Brien in a series of tweets said that Gokhale was detained from Jaipur after he landed in the Rajasthan capital on Monday night.

He wrote: “When he landed, Gujarat Police was at the airport in Rajasthan waiting for him [Gokhale]. At 2 in the morning on Tuesday, he called his ma and told her that they are taking him to Ahmedabad and he would reach Ahmedabad by noon today.”

O’Brien said the action against Gokhale cannot silence the Trinamool Congress and the Opposition parties.

The Bharatiya Janata Party is taking political vendetta to another level, he said.