While there is widespread criticism on Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu’s decision in preventing the CBI from conducting any investigation in Andhra Pradesh, he is also getting some support from other non-BJP chief ministers in the country.
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Benerji was the first to respond to Chandrababu Naidu’s decision and welcomed it as a good move to hit back at the BJP. She said her government too would consider withdrawing consent orders for the CBI and thus restrict its movements in the State. The West Bengal government might come out with the fresh orders in a day or two.
Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal too welcomed Chandrababu Naidu’s decision on the CBI. He alleged that the BJP-led NDA government had been misusing the CBI against the political rivals and Chandrababu Naidu’s decision is a check to such political witch-hunt. Kejriwal, being in the national capital and always in the forefront in opposing the BJP, is one of the victims of the BJP’s witch-hunt using the CBI.
Interestingly, Chandrababu Naidu’s another friend, Karnataka chief minister H D Kumaraswamy government had taken the decision withdrawing general consent to the CBI a few months ago. As the BJP government had been using the CBI against the Congress and the Janata Dal (Secular), the Karnataka withdrew the general consent to the CBI.
If there are more states following Chandrababu Naidu, then it would be difficult for Prime Minister Narendra Modi to use or misuse the CBI against the political rivals. The CBI is under severe attack by the non-BJP forces across the country for its politically-motivated raids and investigation. Though the Congress too had used the CBI against its political rivals, including Jaganmohan Reddy in Andhra Pradesh, the BJP is found misusing it more than the Congress.
There is general resentment over the BJP’s interference with the CBI and other investigating agencies. The BJP’s interference with the Reserve Bank of India too had come under severe attack by the politicians and economists.
With such resentment spreading fast, it is to be seen how the BJP would handle it and retain its power in the next elections.