Top Indian opposition leader returns to jail, vows to fight ‘dictatorship’ as Modi eyes victory

A top opponent of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi vowed Sunday to keep fighting "dictatorship" before he returned to jail Sunday, following elections widely expected to produce another landslide victory for the Hindu-nationalist leader.

Arvind Kejriwal is among several opposition leaders under criminal investigation, with colleagues describing his arrest the month before the general elections began in April as a "political conspiracy" orchestrated by Modi's ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

The chief minister of the capital Delhi and a key leader in an alliance formed to compete against Modi, Kejriwal was detained in March over a long-running corruption probe.

He was later released and allowed to campaign but ordered to return to jail once voting ended.

"When power becomes dictatorship, then jail becomes a responsibility," said Kejriwal, who promised to continue "fighting" from behind bars.

"I don't know when I will return," he told supporters in an emotional departure speech at his Aam Aadmi party headquarters.

"I don't know what they will do to me... every drop of my blood is for the country."

Kejriwal later returned to jail, his party spokesman told AFP.

Results are expected Tuesday but supporters of Modi in his constituency of Varanasi – the spiritual capital of the Hindu faith – said they believed their leader's win was secure.


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