AMID the infighting in the Chhattisgarh unit of the Congress, newly elected Bhilai mayor Devendra Yadav on Monday alleged that several years ago he was “blackmailed” by senior party leader Ajit Jogi’s son Amit Jogi in collusion with his one-time aide Firoz Siddiqui.
Yadav, who is the young face of the party and has been state NSUI president, also said that the Jogi family had worked against him in the recent urban body polls in which Yadav pulled off a major upset by defeating senior BJP leader and Vaishali Nagar MLA Vidya Ratan Bhasin.
The allegations come a day after a show of strength by former Chhattisgarh chief minister Ajit Jogi and his son Amit Jogi, who flanked by five other MLAs had hit out at state Congress chief Bhupesh Baghel, pointing to a “conspiracy” behind the audio tapes that purportedly show possible financial dealings in engineering the results of the 2014 Antagarh by-poll in the state.
The purported conversations of Ajit Jogi, son Amit Jogi, Chhattisgarh CM Raman Singh’s son-in-law Puneet Gupta, former Jogi loyalists Firoz Siddiqui, Ameen Memon and Congress candidate Manturam Pawar suggested that a deal was sought to be struck to make Pawar withdraw his candidature for Antagarh seat which voted on September 13, 2014.
On Monday, Bhilai Mayor Devendra Yadav said: “There was a fake CD of mine as well that was made by Firoz Siddiqui and Amit Jogi together, and it was used to blackmail me. Siddiqui used to tell me to go to Jogi’s bungalow and fall at their feet so that my problems would go away. In the recent Bhilai civic elections, Amit Jogi worked against me,” he said.
Amit Jogi said, “I would not like to comment. I will raise these matters in a party forum.”