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Gawli wants to merge party with BSP

india Updated: Feb 28, 2009 01:16 IST
Sujit Mahamulkar
Sujit Mahamulkar
Hindustan Times
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Arun Gawli, criminal-turned-politician who is currently a legislator, may soon join hands with Mayawati’s Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP).

BSP State President Vilas Garud said his party had offered a ticket to Gawli from the North Central Mumbai parliamentary constituency, currently represented by Congress’ Eknath Gaikwad.

Garud claimed that Gawli had offered to merge his political party, Akhil Bharatiya Sena (ABS), with the BSP and that he wanted to contest the coming polls under the BSP’s banner.

Gawli’s daughter Geeta, a corporator from Byculla, said her father was yet to decide on the BSP’s offer.

“After receiving his letter, we offered him a ticket from the North Central Mumbai Lok Sabha seat. Later, his party will be merged into the BSP,” said Garud.

Known as Daddy in the underworld, Gawli was sent to custody in September 2008 under the Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act in connection with an extortion case.

However, Geeta said, “The decision to contest the election as well as merge the party into BSP needs to be discussed. We will take at least a week’s time to decide.”

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