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Sharad Pawar criticizes CM Kejriwal’s arrest, expresses concerns about potential future arrests

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Sharad Pawar slams CM Kejriwal’s arrest, fears more may follow (Ld)

Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) President Sharad Pawar criticized the arrest of Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, alleging it was politically motivated to benefit the ruling BJP. Pawar warned that such actions could impact the upcoming Lok Sabha elections, and expressed concerns about the fairness of the polls.

Sharad Pawar accused the Central investigation agencies of being misused by the BJP to target opposition leaders. He condemned the arrest of CM Kejriwal, stating that it was a deliberate attempt to stifle democracy and influence the election outcomes. Pawar highlighted similar instances in Jharkhand and warned of a ripple effect across the country.

Pawar predicted a significant surge in support for the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) following CM Kejriwal’s arrest, citing the leader’s popularity among Delhi voters. He mentioned the AAP’s past electoral victories and anticipated a sympathetic response from the electorate in the upcoming polls. Pawar’s remarks come amidst a growing backlash against the government over the handling of CM Kejriwal’s case.

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The arrest of CM Kejriwal has sparked widespread condemnation from opposition leaders, including members of the Maha Vikas Aghadi coalition. Congress’ Nana Patole, Shiv Sena’s Sanjay Raut, and NCP’s Dr. Jitendra Awhad criticized the government for what they see as a trend of targeting opposition figures through central probe agencies. The AAP Maharashtra unit staged protests against the arrest in various parts of the state, denouncing the actions of the Enforcement Directorate (ED).

The political fallout from CM Kejriwal’s arrest is expected to reverberate in the run-up to the Lok Sabha elections, with opposition parties intensifying their criticism of the BJP’s tactics. The controversy surrounding the case highlights the growing tensions between the ruling party and its rivals, setting the stage for a complex and contentious electoral battle ahead.

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