Jharkhand Bharatiya Janata Party President Deepak Prakash on Sunday dared the state government to arrest him, a day after he was booked for sedition and other charges. Prakash has been criticising the state government for rallying behind tribal activist and Jesuit priest Stan Swamy, who is an accused in the Bhima-Koregaon case.

The action against Prakash came after he said that the incumbent Jharkhand Mukti Morcha-Congress-Rashtriya Janata Dal government would be toppled in two months and the state will get a chief minister from the saffron party. The Rajya Sabha MP had also warned government officials not to favour the ruling alliance’s candidates in upcoming Dumka and Bermo bye-polls, reported the Hindustan Times. The bye-elections will be held on November 3.

Dumka Congress district president Shyamal Kumar Singh filed a complaint accusing Prakash of trying to destabilise the elected government and intimidating government officials. The Dumka Police registered a first information report and booked Prakash under Sections 124 A (sedition), 504 (intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of peace), 506 (criminal intimation) and 120 (B) (criminal conspiracy) of the Indian Penal Code.

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