If you vote for AAP, I need not go to prison, Kejriwal tells voters in Amritsar

The AAP chief said the BJP had “very dangerous plans” and there would be no polls if the party won the 2024 general election

Updated - May 17, 2024 02:58 am IST

Published - May 16, 2024 11:52 am IST - CHANDIGARH/AMRITSAR

Delhi Chief Minister and AAP supremo Arvind Kejriwal and Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann during a roadshow in Amritsar on May 16, 2024.

Delhi Chief Minister and AAP supremo Arvind Kejriwal and Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann during a roadshow in Amritsar on May 16, 2024. | Photo Credit: PTI

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal urged people to vote for the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) if they did not want him to return to jail.

“Whether I go (back) to jail or not depends upon you. If you press the ‘jhadoo’ (AAP’s election symbol) button, I will not go to jail,” Mr. Kejriwal said.

The AAP chief, who was campaigning for AAP candidate Kuldeep Singh Dhaliwal in Amritsar on Thursday, said the BJP had “very dangerous plans” and there would be no polls if the party won the 2024 general election.

“These people (BJP) have very dangerous plans in their minds. They are repeatedly saying of crossing the 400-mark. They are not telling why 400 seats are needed. When inquired, information came out that they would end reservation. They need 400 seats to end reservation for SC, ST and OBC,” Mr. Kejriwal said at a roadshow.

The Chief Minister said the BJP wanted to change the Constitution. “This is not just another election. This is an important election. You have to vote to save our country, Constitution and democracy,” he said.

A Bench of Justices Sanjiv Khanna and Dipankar Datta on Thursday refused to consider claims and counter claims by advocates of the Enforcement Directorate (ED) and Mr. Kejriwal on statements related to the grant of interim bail to the AAP chief.

Appearing for the ED, Solicitor General Tushar Mehta objected to Mr. Kejriwal saying that if people voted for AAP, he would not have to go back to jail on June 2.

On May 10, the apex court granted Mr. Kejriwal interim bail till June 1, the last day of the seven-phase Lok Sabha elections. It directed him to surrender on June 2. The Delhi Chief Minister was arrested on March 21.

(With inputs from PTI)

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