Kejriwal did not miss the rally of jailed dairy leader Vipul Chaudhary’s supporters.
Ahmedabad: Aam Aadmi Party leader Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday did not miss a rally organized by Arboda Sena, an organization of supporters of Gujarat dairy leader Vipul Chaudhary, who is currently in jail in connection with a corruption case. .
AAP had earlier said that Kejriwal would address an election-related rally in Charda village of Gujarat’s Gandhinagar district, but he did not turn up.
Speculations were rife that the rally would announce Vipal Chaudhary’s joining AAP and support for the Kejriwal-led party.
Assembly elections in Gujarat are scheduled to be held in two phases on December 1 and 5. Counting of votes will take place on December 8.
Kejriwal has run AAP’s campaign for the upcoming elections on the planks of welfare and anti-corruption.
Arboda Sena is a social organization that will not be involved in politics, its leaders said on Tuesday.
“We are a non-political organisation. Our leader Vipul Chaudhary has not given us any direction (to join or support any political party). We have decided in our general body meeting that whatever he (Chaudhary) does to us. We will do that,” an Arboda Sena leader told reporters.
Chaudhary is accused of corruption during his tenure as chairman of Dudh Sagar Dairy between 2005 and 2016. He had alleged political vendetta by the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
Chaudhary was arrested by the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) on September 15. According to prosecutors, the alleged corruption took place between 2006 and 2015, although the complaint was filed seven years later.