Ending all speculations, the CBI took up the case of Sushant Singh Rajput’s death. The incident happened on June 14 and Mumbai police declared that it was a case of death by suicide. Since then, lots of theories, allegations and speculations are floating around concerning the issue. The incident triggered discourse on issues like mental health, Bollywood nepotism, Mumbai underworld and film industry connection and whatnot.
If we look at the present scenario, full-on politics is going on around the issue. In just over the past few weeks, Sushant’s death has turned into a potential weapon to our political leaders to fight upcoming elections or revamping the image of the parties they belong to. In this article, we shall talk about those matters.
Here are 5 ways Sushant Singh Rajput’s death is being politicized
1. Not just Nitish Kumar, many parties doing politics about it
Bihar chief minister and JDU leader Nitish Kumar is definitely guilty of playing politics over Sushant’s death but it’s not just him, several other parties are also doing the same. According to a report by ANI, Lok Janshakti Party chief Chirag Paswan questioned the Bihar government’s stand in this case until they announced CBI probe into Sushant’s death. “I don’t know why Nitish Kumar is not talking to Mumbai government on this matter,” Paswan told ANI.
बिहार पोलिसांना चुकीची वागणूक, उद्धव ठाकरेंशी बोला, चिराग पासवान यांची नितीशकुमारांना विनंती https://t.co/2OguZl391s @iChiragPaswan #chiragpaswan #BiharPolice #VinayTiwari #NitishKumar @OfficeofUT #SushantSinghRajputCase #CBI
— TV9 Marathi (@TV9Marathi) August 4, 2020
Lalu Prasad Yadav’s son and RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav also joined the band and sought for CBI probe. During a Bihar Assembly session recently, all parties joined the debate over the actor’s death. Sushant’s cousin and BJP MLA Neeraj Bablu also pitched for CBI probe into the case.
2. Leaders aware of jurisdiction factor, still playing politics
The incident happened in Mumbai. Therefore, only the Maharashtra government can announce a CBI probe because it took place under Mumbai police jurisdiction. Leaders who are politicizing the issue are aware of this, still they are choosing to accuse the Nitish Kumar government for sitting on the case. All the Bihar government can do is to just recommend a CBI inquiry.
3. Bihar’s upcoming poll, a big factor
If the pandemic doesn’t cause a change in plans, Bihar will go to the polls in October. So several factors are coming into play at this juncture. Nitish Kumar can’t stay silent Sushant’s death issue at this juncture, rather try to yield profit from it just as any other politician.
With the issue of actor #SushantSinghRajput's suicide gaining significance in poll-bound #Bihar, senior BJP leader Bhupender Yadav said people are together in getting his family justice. https://t.co/Xk8Up1CEAp
— Deccan Herald (@DeccanHerald) July 31, 2020
Bihar’s flood, its Covid-19 situation and of course Sushant’s death are the biggest factors that will decide who will be Bihar’s next CM or if Kumar can hold his post for another term. According to a report, the flood situation in Bihar deteriorated and the number of affected people rose to 66.6 lakh across 16 districts. The Bihar government also earned flak over Covid-19 cases for not testing enough and having a casual approach which led to around 69,000 cases so far, therefore, it had to act on the Sushant’s death case to garner public support ahead of the polls.
4. Shiv Sena-JDU-BJP mudslinging
The Shiv Sena-JDU-BJP fight over the actor’s death is out in the open. Maharashtra minister and Shiv Sena leader Anil Parab alleged that the Bihar government’s move to recommend a CBI probe into Sushant’s death was politically motivated. Similarly, Maharashtra BJP leaders slammed chief minister Uddhav Thackeray for asking Patna superintendent of police Vinay Tiwari, who arrived in Mumbai for the probe, to be under home quarantine. The fight between Maharashtra and Bihar police is also becoming prominent by the day.
— The Times Of India (@timesofindia) August 4, 2020
Political leaders are trying to play with local sentiments as well as they quickly pick up people’s emotional signals and link the tragedy to Bihari ‘asmita‘ or pride.
5. Regional caste sentiment being played upon
Sushant Singh Rajput was a native of Bihar who struggled his way to the tinsel tow of Bollywood on the basis of his skill, talent and sheer hard work. His unfortunate his took place in Maharashtra. As per a report, caste is always a huge factor in the politics and social system of Bihar. Sushant dropped Rajput from his name to protest the Karni Sena’s attack on Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s film Padmavat in 2017. But his Rajput background makes a mark in poll-bound Bihar. “Rajputs form a little over four percent of Bihar’s population but they are one of the dominant communities in Bihar politics,” the report added.
As per the latest development, the CBI on Thursday registered an FIR in the case after the Centre approves the CBI probe demand. The FIR names Rhea Chakraborty, her parents, her brother Showik apart from two others for suspected offences of criminal conspiracy, abetment of suicide, wrongful restraint, wrongful confinement, theft, criminal breach of trust, cheating and criminal intimidation, a report said.
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