‘Going back to jail as I raised voice against dictatorship’ says Delhi CM Kejriwal, surrenders at Tihar jail

Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal asserted that all exit polls predicting a third term for the BJP-led NDA were fake.

ByPTI

Published Jun 02, 2024 | 9:10 PMUpdatedJun 02, 2024 | 9:10 PM

Arvind Kejriwal surrenders at Tihar jail

Surrendering at the Tihar jail after his interim bail granted by the Supreme Court in the excise policy-linked money laundering case ended, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday, 2 June said he was going back to jail not because he was involved in corruption but because he had raised his voice against “dictatorship”.

Kejriwal was released from jail on 10 May on interim bail granted by the Supreme Court in a money laundering case linked to the alleged Delhi excise policy scam to campaign in the Lok Sabha polls.

The bail expired on 1 June, the day when the seventh and last phase of the general elections was held. Addressing AAP workers and leaders at the party’s officer before surrendering at the Tihar jail, Kejriwal said he campaigned during the Lok Sabha polls to “save” the country.

“I am going back to jail not because I was involved in corruption but because I raised my voice against dictatorship,” he said.

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

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Exit polls prediction fake, says Delhi CM 

“Yesterday, exit polls were out and I can give you in writing that they are fake. In Rajasthan, there are 25 parliamentary seats but one exit poll gave them 33 seats. What was the reason that they had to release fake exit poll results?” he asked, targeting the BJP.

Exit polls on 1 June predicted that Prime Minister Narendra Modi will retain power for a third straight term, with the NDA expected to win a big majority in the polls.

“They are not forming the government on 4 June. These exit polls are mind games to drive you into depression,” Kejriwal told AAP workers and leaders.

“I have told all the INDIA bloc parties to be vigilant and not let their counting agents leave early. Counting agents have to stay till the end when the EVM votes and VVPATs are tallied. Even if the candidate is losing, they have to stay till the end,” he said.

The counting of votes of the general elections will be taken up on 4 June.

“I was given a 21-day (relief) by the Supreme Court. These 21 days were unforgettable. I did not waste even a minute. I campaigned to save the country. The AAP is not important, it is secondary. The country comes first,” Kejriwal said.

He claimed that Prime Minister Modi accepted in an interview that not even a single penny has been recovered in connection with the excise policy case. “He said that I am an ‘experienced thief’,” the CM said.

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

“I paid obeisance at Rajghat. Gandhiji is our inspiration for ending dictatorship. I went to the Hanuman Mandir. I have the blessings of Bajrangbali. 4 June is Tuesday. Bajrangbali will destroy dictatorship,” he added.

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