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May 29, 2024 15:16
Arvind Kejriwal about AAP's alliance with Congress

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Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has said that the Aam Aadmi Party's alliance with the Congress is not permanent, despite the two parties contesting the assembly elections in Delhi together. Kejriwal said in an interview that he expects a "big surprise" on June 4 when the Indian opposition party wins the Lok Sabha elections. “I am not permanently married to the Congress. Our aim now is to defeat the BJP,” Kejriwal said. While the Aam Aadmi Party and the Congress have formed an alliance in Delhi, the parties are competing against each other in the neighboring state of Punjab. The Aam Aadmi Party leader said he will not be intimidated and there is no question of him resigning as Delhi Chief Minister. Speaking about his arrest in the Delhi liquor case, Kejriwal said, “This is not about going back to jail. The future of this country is in doubt. Let me sit in jail as long as you want, I will." Don't be afraid. He also said that there is no reason to talk about resigning as Delhi Chief Minister because the BJP wants it. Kejriwal, who is out on interim bail, has to resign on June 2 himself to the jail authority under the Supreme Court order.The Aam Aadmi Party leader granted bail to the Lok Sabha election campaigners.

However, Kejriwal declined to comment as the assault case against AAP Rajya Sabha MP Swati Maliwala is pending in court. The Delhi Chief Minister reiterated his statement that the Prime Minister will soon end Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath's political career if the BJP returns to power. “My view is that Yogi Adityanath's future will be in question if PM Modi wins. Let the BJP deny it,” he said. Kejriwal has repeatedly said that if the BJP wins the elections, Union Home Minister Amit Shah will be the next Prime Minister and Adityanath will be removed from office.

The Supreme Court is not expected to hear Arvind Kejriwal's plea for a seven-day extension of interim bail in the Delhi liquor corruption case. Last month, the court granted Mr Kejriwal interim bail to campaign in Sabah state and ordered him to surrender on June 2, a day after the last day of polling. The Supreme Court registrar dismissed the plea but said that the Delhi chief minister was at liberty to apply to the court for interim bail and therefore the petition was "unenforceable". Kejriwal wanted to extend the trial on medical grounds and applied to the court today for an urgent hearing. Senior advocate Abhishek Manu Singhvi, representing Mr Kejriwal, said in the petition: “Given his increasing health problems and danger signs, this protects him from the possibility of long-term harm during his sentence. Therefore, a medical examination is required.” He also stressed that the AAP leaders “will be publicly visible and available” even when they are out on bail.

Singhvi said there was no risk of absconding and the conditions set by the Supreme Court (interim bail) had been fulfilled... The Supreme Court on May 10 upheld the chief minister's arrest in a money laundering case related to the "scam", Singhvi said. He has been granted interim bail to contest the Lok Sabha elections.

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