Jailed Again for Challenging Dictatorial Government: Arvind Kejriwal

Kejriwal asserted that all exit polls predicting a third term for the BJP-led NDA were “fake”.

NEW DELHI: On Sunday, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal announced he was returning to jail, not due to corruption charges, but because he had spoken out against “dictatorship.”

Kejriwal was previously released on interim bail on May 10 by the Supreme Court in relation to a money laundering case linked to the alleged Delhi excise policy scam, allowing him to campaign for the Lok Sabha elections. His bail expired on June 1, coinciding with the final phase of the general elections, as reported by PTI.

Addressing AAP workers and leaders at the party’s office before surrendering at Tihar jail, Kejriwal stated that his campaign efforts during the Lok Sabha elections were aimed at “saving” the country.

“I am going back to jail not because of corruption, but because I stood up against dictatorship,” he declared.

Kejriwal dismissed all exit polls predicting a third term for the BJP-led NDA as “fake.”

“Yesterday, exit polls were released, and I can assure you they are fraudulent. In Rajasthan, where there are 25 parliamentary seats, one exit poll absurdly gave them 33 seats. What motivated them to release such deceptive exit poll results?” he questioned, directly criticizing the BJP.

Exit polls released on Saturday forecasted Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s return to power for a third consecutive term, with the NDA projected to secure a significant majority.

“They are not forming a government on June 4. These exit polls are psychological tactics meant to demoralize you,” Kejriwal cautioned AAP workers and leaders.

He advised all INDIA bloc parties to remain vigilant and ensure their counting agents do not leave early. “Counting agents must stay until the end when the EVM votes and VVPATs are tallied. Even if the candidate is trailing, they must stay until the process concludes,” he insisted.

Kejriwal also claimed that Prime Minister Modi admitted in an interview that no money had been recovered in connection with the excise policy case, stating that Modi called him an “experienced thief.”

Before arriving at the party office, Kejriwal paid respects to Mahatma Gandhi at Rajghat and offered prayers at the Hanuman temple in Connaught Place.

“I paid my respects at Rajghat. Gandhiji inspires our fight against dictatorship. I visited the Hanuman Mandir and have the blessings of Bajrangbali. June 4 is Tuesday, and Bajrangbali will end dictatorship,” he added.

(With PTI Inputs)