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“Scared Dictator, Authoritarianism”: Opposition On Arvind Kejriwal’s Arrest

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal arrested by probe company in alleged cash laundering case.

New Delhi:

Varied constituents of the INDIA bloc condemned Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s arrest on Thursday and claimed that the BJP is afraid of the end result of the upcoming Lok Sabha polls and appearing out of panic to create issues for the opposition.

Quickly after Mr Kejriwal’s arrest by the ED in an excise policy-linked money-laundering case, Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge mentioned the “conceited” Bharatiya Janata Occasion (BJP) is making false claims of victory day by day and making an attempt to weaken the opposition by indulging in “unlawful means” forward of the parliamentary polls.

Congress chief Rahul Gandhi alleged {that a} “scared dictator” desires to create a useless democracy and mentioned the INDIA bloc will give a befitting reply to such designs.

“A scared dictator desires to create a useless democracy,” he mentioned in a submit in Hindi on X.

“Whereas capturing all of the establishments, together with the media, breaking apart events, extorting cash from corporations, freezing the accounts of the principle opposition get together weren’t sufficient for the ‘devilish energy’, now the arrest of elected chief ministers has additionally turn out to be a standard factor,” Mr Gandhi mentioned.

“INDIA will give a befitting reply to this,” he added.

Mr Kharge mentioned the BJP, which makes false claims of victory day by day, is making an attempt to weaken the opposition by all unlawful means.

“If there was actual confidence of victory then the accounts of the principle opposition get together — Congress get together wouldn’t have been frozen by misusing the constitutional establishments and leaders of opposition events wouldn’t have been focused proper earlier than the elections,” he mentioned in a submit on X.

“The reality is that BJP is already afraid of the upcoming election outcomes and in panic is creating all types of issues for the opposition. It is time for change! This time… out of energy,” the Congress president mentioned.

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Ok Stalin mentioned in a submit on X: “Forward of Elections 2024, pushed by concern of a decade of failures and the upcoming defeat, the fascist BJP govt sinks to despicable depths by arresting Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal, following the unjust focusing on of brother Hemant Soren.” “Not a single BJP chief faces scrutiny or arrest, laying naked their abuse of energy and the decay of democracy. The relentless persecution of opposition leaders by the BJP govt smacks of a determined witch-hunt,” he added.

“This tyranny ignites public fury, unmasking BJP’s true colors. However their futile arrests solely gasoline our resolve, fortifying the INDIA alliance’s march to victory. BJP, brace for the individuals’s wrath,” Mr Stalin mentioned.

NCP chief Sharad Pawar condemned the “vindictive misuse of central companies to focus on the opposition, particularly as normal elections loom”.

“This arrest showcases the depth to which BJP will stoop for energy. ‘INDIA’ stands united in opposition to this unconstitutional motion in opposition to Arvind Kejriwal,” he mentioned.

Trinamool Congress chief Derek O’Brien questioned the timing of the arrest, when the Mannequin Code of Conduct is in place.

He alleged that because the ballot course of has begun, each opposition get together is being harassed.

“How can we count on truthful elections in India if sitting CMs and outstanding opposition leaders are arrested weeks earlier than polls? If SC and ECI fail to behave now, who will stand with individuals in opposition to BJP’s oppressive politics in future?” Mr O’Brien requested.

CPI(M) normal secretary Sitaram Yechury mentioned the BJP and Prime Minister Narendra Modi are in “panic” over their impending rejection by individuals within the upcoming polls.

“It is the second sitting CM of the INDIA bloc to be arrested. Clearly, Modi and the BJP are in panic over individuals’s rejection within the ongoing elections,” he mentioned.

CPI normal secretary D Raja mentioned the BJP’s desperation forward of the final election is on full show.

“They know the hollowness of their claims of 400 seats and that is why opposition is being focused by abusing central companies. The arrest of Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal and the arrest of then Jharkhand CM Hemant Soren present how jittery the BJP is. This harassment is just meant to intimidate the opposition,” Mr Raja mentioned in a submit on X.

Shiv Sena (UBT) chief Priyanka Chaturvedi mentioned “with the political arrest of one other sitting CM, Arvind Kejriwal, the BJP authorities, its Prolonged Division have made it clear that they don’t seem to be wherever near successful 400 seats”.

Samajwadi Occasion president Akhilesh Yadav mentioned Mr Kejriwal’s arrest “will give start to a brand new individuals’s revolution”.

“Those that are themselves imprisoned within the concern of defeat, what’s going to they obtain by imprisoning another person? BJP is aware of that it’s going to not come to energy once more and due to this concern, it desires to take away the opposition leaders from the general public by any means on the time of elections, arrest is simply an excuse,” he mentioned in a submit on X.

PDP president Mehbooba Mufti mentioned Mr Kejriwal’s arrest reeks of political vendetta and rising authoritarianism.

“The arbitrary arrest of yet one more CM by ED reeks of political vendetta and rising authoritarianism,” she mentioned in a submit on X.

“This cowardly act has uncovered fears of the ruling get together now resorting to determined measures by manipulating elections even earlier than they’re held. Historical past has proven that tyranny by no means prevails within the face of unified resistance. We won’t be intimidated,” Ms Mufti added.

(Aside from the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV employees and is revealed from a syndicated feed.)

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