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Indian govt agency under fire for alleged partisan election campaigning

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NEW DELHI: Allegations have surfaced regarding the Indian govt agency, the Central Bureau of Communication (CBC), being involved in promoting the election campaign of the ruling Modi govt.

The accusations, highlighted in a recent report by Al Jazeera, suggest that the agency has been funneling significant funds into endorsing slogans and advertisements affiliated with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

One of the focal points of concern is the substantial financial investment made by the CBC in promoting BJP’s election catchphrases, notably the recent “Modi Sarkar Ki Guarantee” campaign launched on Google.

According to the report, this campaign attracted substantial funds, raising questions about the allocation of public resources for partisan purposes.

Furthermore, the report sheds light on the content of these advertisements, with one particularly controversial instance portraying Narendra Modi with a divine status. Such representations have sparked criticism and allegations of violating election rules by misusing public funds for promoting a political agenda.

The extent of the CBC’s involvement in BJP’s promotional activities is underscored by data from Google Ads Transparency, revealing a stark contrast in spending between the ruling party and its political counterparts.

The exponential increase in the CBC’s budget, soaring by 275% in May 2023, further amplifies concerns regarding the impartiality of government agencies in electoral processes.

Opposition parties, including the Aam Aadmi Party, have been vocal in condemning these alleged actions, accusing the BJP of leveraging state resources to advance its ideological agenda.

Aam Aadmi Party member Akshay Marathe articulated concerns over the perceived objective of the Modi govt to steer India towards a Hindutva regime, emphasizing the implications of such partisan maneuvers on the nation’s secular fabric.

Amidst mounting allegations and scrutiny, the spotlight remains on the ethicality and legality of utilizing public funds for political campaigning, raising fundamental questions about the integrity of India’s democratic processes.

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