Gangster-turned-politican Arun Gawli, who has been arrested in connection with a murder and extortion case, will contest the upcoming Lok Sabha elections from North Central Mumbai constituency.
Gawli will be contesting from the Akhil Bhartiya Sena (ABS), which was founded by him, Gawli’s daughter Geeta Gawli told PTI in Mumbai on Friday. “He will contest the LS election on his own party ticket and has no relation with Bahujan Samaj Party,” Geeta said.
Earlier, it was reported that ABS was merged with Mayawati’s BSP. But with the announcement of BSP’s candidature from the South Mumbai constituency without consulting Gawli, is believed to be one of the main reason for severing ties with the UP chief minister-led party.
Gawli who is lodged at the Arthur Road jail, in central Mumbai, was elected to the state legislature in 2004, from the Chinchpokli constituency in Central Mumbai.
Gawli was arrested last year in connection with the Shiv Sena corporator Kamlakar Jamsandiker murder case and also in an extortion case.
The stringent provisions of Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Syndicate (MCOCA) was invoked on Gawli and ten others in the two cases by the crime branch.