Released opposition leader urges Indians to battle ‘dictatorship’

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Released opposition leader urges Indians to battle ‘dictatorship’

Nevin Al Sukari - Sana'a - Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader and chief minister of Delhi Arvind Kejriwal gestures as he speaks during a press conference at the party headquarters in New Delhi on May 11, 2024, a day after being release on bail by India’s top court. — AFP pic

NEW DELHI, May 11 — A top opponent of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi urged his compatriots to resist “dictatorship” today, after the country’s top court provisionally released him from jail to campaign in national elections.

Arvind Kejriwal, chief minister of the capital Delhi and a key leader in an opposition alliance formed to compete against Modi in the polls, was granted bail yesterday after weeks in custody.

He is among several leaders of the bloc under criminal investigation, with his party describing his arrest as a “political conspiracy” orchestrated by the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to sideline opponents.

In a defiant press conference the day after his release, Kejriwal said the outcome of the election would determine whether India remained a democracy.

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“I have come to beg 1.4 billion people to save my country,” he said. “Save my country from this dictatorship.”

Kejriwal also personally accused the prime minister of targeting his opponents with criminal probes.

“Modi has started a very dangerous mission... (He) will send all opposition leaders to jail.”

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Kejriwal’s government was accused of corruption when it liberalised the sale of liquor in 2021 and give up a lucrative government stake in the sector.

The policy was withdrawn the following year, but the resulting probe into the alleged corrupt allocation of licences has since led to the jailing of two top Kejriwal allies.

Rallies in support of Kejriwal, who refused to relinquish his post after his arrest, were held in numerous other big cities around India after he was taken into custody.

More than 1,000 cheering supporters greeted him as he walked free from the capital’s Tihar Jail last night.

Kejriwal, 55, has been chief minister for nearly a decade and first came to office as a staunch anti-corruption crusader.

He had resisted multiple summons from the Enforcement Directorate, India’s financial crimes agency, to be interrogated as part of the probe.

Arvind Kejriwal (centre), chief minister of the capital Delhi and leader of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) gestures to supporters during a visit at a Hindu temple in New Delhi on May 11, 2024, a day after being released on bail by India's top court to campaign in the ongoing national election. — AFP pic

Arvind Kejriwal (centre), chief minister of the capital Delhi and leader of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) gestures to supporters during a visit at a Hindu temple in New Delhi on May 11, 2024, a day after being released on bail by India's top court to campaign in the ongoing national election. — AFP pic

‘Fighting against corruption’

Kejriwal has consistently denied any wrongdoing.

“They sent me to jail and the PM says he is fighting against corruption,” he said at the press conference.

“If you want to fight corruption, learn from Arvind Kejriwal.”

The Supreme Court said earlier he could temporarily leave jail to campaign in India’s six-week election, on the condition that he returns to custody after the last day of voting on June 1.

“No doubt, serious accusations have been made, but he has not been convicted,” the court’s ruling said. “He is not a threat to the society.”

His release was also made conditional on his agreement not to make public comment on the case against him, not to interact with witnesses in the case and not to visit the offices of the Delhi government. — AFP

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