NCP leader alleges BJP’s ‘muzzling’ attempt after Kejriwal’s custody extension

Crasto expressed concerns that Kejriwal’s continued incarceration is an attempt to muzzle his voice, which is seen as an important asset for the opposition INDIA alliance.

The Delhi court’s decision to extend Arvind Kejriwal’s judicial custody till May 20 in the excise policy case has drawn sharp criticism from the opposition National Congress Party (NCP). Clyde Crasto, a leader from the Sharad Pawar faction of the NCP, alleged that the move is part of a broader plan by the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to suppress dissenting voices ahead of the crucial elections.

Crasto expressed concerns that Kejriwal’s continued incarceration is an attempt to muzzle his voice, which is seen as an important asset for the opposition INDIA alliance. He claimed that it is not surprising that the Delhi Chief Minister’s jail time has been extended, as the NCP had been warning about such a scenario from the beginning.

The NCP leader accused the BJP of deliberately targeting Kejriwal because of his outspoken criticism of the ruling party. Crasto argued that keeping a prominent leader like Kejriwal behind bars during the election season is likely to benefit the BJP’s prospects by weakening the opposition alliance.

Kejriwal, the national convenor of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), has been in judicial custody since his arrest by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in the alleged excise policy scam case. The Delhi Chief Minister has denied any wrongdoing and termed the charges as politically motivated.

The opposition parties, including the Congress and the INDIA alliance, have rallied behind Kejriwal, accusing the BJP-led central government of misusing investigative agencies for political vendetta. They have demanded Kejriwal’s immediate release, claiming that his continued incarceration is an assault on democracy and an attempt to stifle dissent.

As the political battle intensifies, Crasto’s allegations have further fueled the controversy surrounding Kejriwal’s arrest and the larger debate over the impartiality of investigative agencies. Political analysts and legal experts will closely scrutinize the court’s reasoning for extending Kejriwal’s custody and its potential implications for the upcoming elections.