India: Modi opponent arrested in BJP election-rigging operation

Source: Yahoo! News

“The top politician in India’s capital New Delhi was arrested Thursday in a graft probe his supporters say is aimed at sidelining opponents to Prime Minister Narendra Modi ahead of national elections. Arvind Kejriwal, Delhi’s chief minister and a key leader in an opposition alliance challenging Modi in next month’s polls, was detained after several hours of questioning by the Enforcement Directorate, India’s main financial crimes agency. Kejriwal’s government has been accused of corruption in the allocation of private liquor licenses and a probe in the matter has already seen two of his top allies jailed. Delhi education minister Atishi Marlena Singh confirmed the arrest and said Kejriwal remained the state’s chief minister. ‘We made it clear from the beginning that if needed, Arvind Kejriwal will run the government from jail,’ she said. She described his arrest as a ‘political conspiracy’ orchestrated by Modi’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).” (03/21/24)