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Twenty-five opposition leaders under investigation for corruption since 2014 joined the BJP and 23 received reprieve.

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Since 2014, 25 leaders from various parties Under the supervision of central agencies, the BJP has relieved 23 people in cases under investigation. Meanwhile, three prosecution cases have been closed and investigations into another 20 cases are pending or in cold storage.

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New Delhi: Media reports confirm opposition parties’ allegations that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is behaving like “Washing machine” for those charged with corruption

An Indian Express report said that since 2014, 25 leaders from other parties who are under investigation by the central agency, have joined the BJP. What is more interesting is that 23 of these 25 leaders have already been given clemency in cases where they are being questioned. Meanwhile, the case registered against the 3 leaders has already been closed. Another 20 investigations are still pending or in cold storage.

According to the newspaper, “Out of the 25 cases, only two cases of former MP Jyoti Murdha and former TDP MP YS Chaudhary are so. Even after they joined the BJP, the ED has no evidence of leniency.”

According to reports, the leaders who left the party to join the BJP to face corruption charges include ten from the Congress, four from the Nationalist Congress Party and Shiv Sena, three from the Trinamool Congress, three from the Telugu Desam Party. The other two are from Samajwadi Party and YSR Congress Party.

“The list includes six leaders who quit the party and joined the BJP a few weeks before the general elections,” the report said.

In this Express report, names of Ajit Pawar, Praful Patel, Ashok Chavan, Himanta Biswa Sharma, Swaindu Adhikari, Pratap Sarnaik, Hasan Musharraf, Bhavana Gowali and many others are among the leaders who have switched parties over the years. come

In the past few years Opposition parties have repeatedly ridiculed the Narendra Modi government over its ‘Abuse’ of central investigative agencies such as the Enforcement Directorate (ED), Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and Income Tax Department (IT) has been raised.

Recently, the Chief Ministers of two states, Hemant Soren and Arvind Kejriwal, were arrested by the ED ahead of the Lok Sabha elections. Several other leaders were also raided here and were summoned for questioning.

The BJP claims to be a ‘clean’ party and all other parties are involved in corruption. But the party’s claims remain questionable after the recent election bond disclosure.

It said the party is openly giving away tickets and presenting leaders accused of having a history of involvement in corruption as ‘Star campaigner’

The Wire also published a list of state leaders who have left the party in the past few months since the CBI closed the Nationalist Congress Party (Ajit Pawar faction) corruption case involving Praful Patel. There, G. Janardhan Reddy, Accused in illegal mining scam has joined the BJP

There is a 2022 scroll report on ED’s record regarding action against opposition leaders. Point out the statistics and situations in which the opposition is tested.

The report states that “If the timing of the ED’s investigation appears questionable in many cases involving the opposition, on the other hand, there is no urgency to act in the case of the BJP leader,” government data presented in the report shows. that various cases How has the number of businesses registered under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act increased since 2017?

Another study found that since the BJP came to power in 2014, 95 per cent of ED cases were against opposition leaders.

An Indian Express report revealed that 121 key leaders were targeted by the ED between 2014 and September 2022, of which 115 were opposition leaders. The list has grown since then.

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