Prime Minister Narendra Modi who won Lok Sabha elections with huge mandate by using his most powerful and extensively used political weapon against the Congress– his anti corruption crusade, has been made useless by the Judiciary.
The verdict by a special CBI court that ruled acquital of all 18 accused including A Raja and K Kanimozhi in 2G spectrum allocation case which was termed as the “second -biggest corruption scandal in the history of India has brought major relief to the Congress and the DMK.
The verdict has washed away the allegations of corruption against the UPA government charged by the BJP and has given a severe blow to PM Modi who has been calling the Congress party as a “corrupt”political party.
The timming of the verdict is also significant as it has come at a time when the results of Assembly elections in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh have been announced and Rahul Gandhi has been inaugurated as the President of the Congress party.
The 2G case verdict will act as a political windfall for Rahul Gandhi in the 2018 Assembly elections in Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh, Tripura and Meghalaya and the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.
Moreover, the DMK has forlong been aligned with the Congress, will benefit immensely in the Tamil Nadu local bodies, Assembly elections and the Lok Sabha elections in 2019.
But the DMK and Stalin should remain cautious from the Bharatiya Janata Party as Modi did tried to woo him as Prime Minister visited Karunanidhi’s Chennai residence last month.
Modi has been desperately looking for a footprint to establish his party in the South.
The DMK had been terming the 2G case as a political conspiracy hatched to defame them and the Congress party now can squarely focus on the campaign in poll- bound states of Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh where they are in direct contest with the BJP.
In Madhya Pradesh, BJP is already facing the multilayered Vyapam or recruitment scam while farmers of the states are unhappy with the policies of the ruling government.
The Modi government became nervous after the verdict was announced and all the top ministers including Finance Minister Arun jaitley lined up to accuse the Judiciary’s verdict as false. Jaitely said the Congress should not treat the 2G verdict as a “badge of honour” while the Modi government has indicated that it will appeal against the verdict in the high court but the higher courts too would take into account the same evidence the prosecution has submitted.
The charge sheet of the instant case is based mainly on misreading, selective reading, non reading and out of context reading of the official record, Special Judge OP Saini said in his verdict.
By: Arti Bali