BJP blasts Naidu decision on barring CBI

Chandrababu Naidu. PTI file photo

The BJP on Friday targeted Chandrababu Naidu-led TDP government in Andhra Pradesh for withdrawing consent to CBI to exercise its authority in the state, claiming it is part of an exercise to save opposition leaders in the "alliance of maha corrupt".

BJP spokesperson G V L Narasimha Roa said the Andhra government's decision was a "malafide exercise" of its executive power to "protect acts of corruption, financial embezzlement and other acts of criminality".

"The state government has cited recent happenings in the CBI as a lame excuse and a ruse to brazenly save the corrupt and extend political patronage to people and organisations involved in acts of corruption and criminality," he told reporters.

Referring to West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee's support to Naidu, Rao said her stand was "not surprising" as a new coalition of the corrupt parties is taking shape in the country.

"A nervous TDP government and a completely rattled Naidu is desperately trying to save his government and the corrupt who are actually getting exposed in Andhra...Naidu is nervous ahead of elections...This is an alliance of 'maha' corrupt so that no one is exposed. This is abuse of authority to indulge in scam," he said.

He said the Narendra Modi government has a zero tolerance policy towards corruption and such kind of designs would not work.

"Whatever may be the designs of the corrupt alliance, the Centre will continue to pursue its policy of zero tolerance against corruption and will frustrate attempts of the corrupt alliance in shielding the corrupt," he said.

He said crude attempts at blocking investigations may give temporary relief to the corrupt  but the public will hand a resounding defeat to such parties even before courts deliver them punishment.

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