Arvind Kejriwal Out on Bail, Can He Turn ‘Victim’ Status into Votes?

Arvind Kejriwal


Author: Hriday Verma

Published: May 23, 2024

The Supreme Court of India is set to make a big ruling. It’s on the interim bail application of Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal. The case is about the excise policy in Delhi. Kejriwal’s arrest has drawn attention due to its timing in the ongoing elections.

Arvind Kejriwal is the Chief Minister of Delhi. He was arrested by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in March. They granted him interim bail to campaign in the ongoing Lok Sabha elections.

Back Story

Arvind Kejriwal is a prominent leader of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP). He now finds himself in judicial custody. He is the third AAP leader arrested in connection with Delhi’s excise policy. The court has signaled a potential interim bail for Kejriwal. However, it has reservations about letting him be Chief Minister (CM) during the bail.

Kejriwal’s Stand

He addressed his first press conference after being released. Kejriwal revealed why he didn’t resign. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) kept demanding it. “The chief minister’s post is not important for me. I did not step down as the chief minister because a conspiracy was hatched to force me to resign on a fake case,” Mr. Kejriwal said.

Conditions of His Release

Kejriwal’s release comes with certain conditions. He cannot visit the CM’s office or the Delhi secretariat. This is to prevent conflicts of interest or meddling in government affairs while he is out on bail.

His Campaigning During Elections


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The Supreme Court granted him interim bail till June 1 in the Delhi Excise scam case, allowing him to campaign for the ongoing Lok Sabha elections.

Political Implications 

As the election season unfolds, all eyes are on Kejriwal and his ability to sway Delhi voters. It remains to be seen if he can use his “victim” status to gain momentum. But, his fight against corruption and his party’s strength suggest that the AAP will remain a powerful force in Indian politics.

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