New Delhi, May 27, 2023 (PPI-OT):Close to 50 per cent of Indians seem to be of the opinion that the Narendra Modi regime is prone to misusing central investigative agencies, such as the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and the Enforcement Directorate (ED), to harass political rivals. This was disclosed during an exclusive pan-India survey conducted by Voter to mark nine years of the Modi regime.
Narendra Modi was sworn in as the Prime Minister of India on May 26, 2014 after Bharatiya Janata Party’s victory in the Lok Sabha elections. Since then, the regime has taken many decisions that have been touted as part of the war against corruption. One of the major campaign planks of Modi during the 2014 Lok Sabha elections was a promise to wage an all-out war against corruption at all levels in the country. Both the CBI and the ED have been in a very aggressive and proactive mode via raid and seizure of properties that have been allegedly acquired using proceeds of corruption.
Opposition parties have consistently accused the Modi regime of misusing the central agencies to just target and harass rivals who pose a political and electoral challenge to it. Despite defenders of the regime vehemently disagreeing, 49 per cent of the respondents in the Voter survey stated they agreed with the claim of the opposition parties. In contrast, just about 35 per cent of the respondents stated they did not agree with the contention.
Numerous political leaders belonging to various opposition parties have faced scrutiny, investigation, raids and arrests during the last nine years over alleged acts of corruption and money laundering. Many have also spent lengthy spells in prison before getting bail from courts. Some haven’t even been able to manage bail despite approaching the Supreme Court.
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