Chhattisgarh Tapes: State Congress demands SIT probe, Raman Singh says allegations result of Cong infighting

The Indian Express today reported purported phone conversations between key players that suggested ensuring the withdrawal of Congress candidate Manturam Pawar in the Antagarh bypoll

By: Express News Service | Raipur | Updated: December 30, 2015 8:34 pm
chhattisgarh tapes, chhattisgarh congress, Amit Jogi, Raman Singh The Indian Express today reported phone conversations between key players that suggested a “deal” to ensure the withdrawal of Congress candidate from Antagarh Manturam Pawar a day before the last date of withdrawal. (Source: Express file photo)

Hours after The Indian Express reported that there were purported conversations between a section of the Chhattisgarh Congress leaders and persons close to Chief Minister Raman Singh over the September 2014 Antargarh by-election, the state unit of the Congress has demanded the resignation of Chief Minister Raman Singh and sought a SIT probe into the matter. The CM, however, said the allegations were a result of infighting in the Congress.

READ: Was Jogi loyalist paid money to pull out of bypoll?

Bhupesh Baghel, the state Congress chief, said a show-cause notice will be sent to Amit Jogi, the party MLA and son of Ajit Jogi. Amit Jogi was reportedly involved in the conversations.

Baghel added that Ajit Jogi, a former CM of the state, will also be asked to explain his role in the alleged fixing of the by-election.

Baghel alleged that CM Raman Singh is using corrupt means to win power and asked the state governor to dismiss the government.

But Singh told the Indian Express that the state government and the BJP have nothing to do with the incident.

“The allegations are a result of infighting in the Congress. The Congress candidate who withdrew has clarified that he did so because he was unhappy with the party,” said Singh.

Exclusive: Listen to Chhattisgarh leaders purportedly fix a bypoll

He added that his son-in-law Puneet Gupta, whose voice is purportedly heard in the audio tapes, has nothing to do with politics.

Singh also said that Gupta has nothing to do with politics and the Opposition wants to connect this to his family. He added that the Congress candidate who withdrew has clarified he did so because he was unhappy with the party.

Asked if he would order an investigation repeatedly, the chief minister replied “this is an internal Congress matter”.

The Indian Express today reported purported phone conversations between key players that suggested ensuring the withdrawal of Congress candidate Manturam Pawar in the Antagarh by-election.

The BJP termed the allegations ‘baseless’ and said this is not the first time the party has tasted victory in Antagarh.

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    CC
    Dec 30, 2015 at 12:22 pm
    Perhaps true but sorry Shri Raman Singh, you have a moral responsibility to prove that neither you nor your party is not involved in this episode. The onus is on you in this case to prove the paper wrong.
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      CC
      Dec 30, 2015 at 9:05 am
      The ugly face of Indian democracy
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        ASHOK KUMAR
        Dec 30, 2015 at 10:36 am
        Tell us something new. Money has always pla a major role in politics, be it Congress, BJP or any other party.
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          Devisahai Meena
          Dec 30, 2015 at 10:24 am
          After elimination (in Maoists' attack) of Karmas , shukla and many other prominent INC leaders , BJP easily retained the power in Chhattisgarh . To win over one seat , BJP/Ramansingh govt. pla such a ugly game finally allowing Manturam pawar to join BJP. Jogis , manturam , gupta and CM ought be questioned .
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            Mohan
            Dec 30, 2015 at 12:38 pm
            The onus is on CONgress to prove they have received bribe !
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              Mannu
              Dec 30, 2015 at 1:34 pm
              Get lost AH.
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                Mannu
                Dec 30, 2015 at 12:14 pm
                when he said, "na kahunga na kahney dunga", he was only talking about beef not corruption.
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                  Pravin Gupta
                  Dec 30, 2015 at 8:01 am
                  the only performance congress can boast of is demamding a slew of resignatons inside and outside the parliament as a single largest opposition party Possibly Rahul hi's strategy plan to revive congress fortunes for 2019.
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                    Honest citizen
                    Dec 30, 2015 at 8:03 am
                    CONGRESS (i) cadres are known for such politicians. Hence it is not surprising. After all what charm is there loosing the election after spending lots of money. If they receive the money and withdraw is it not double benefit?
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                      kasariya Vilaayeti
                      Dec 30, 2015 at 10:30 am
                      don't expect any action against Raman Singh.
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                        xyz
                        Dec 30, 2015 at 8:56 am
                        budget session gone
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                          son_civil@iitd_faculty
                          Dec 30, 2015 at 11:47 am
                          Its high time that these scamgressi slaves of looterri mattajji sonniya and her gang of scamgressi slave looterras like land maffios virbhadra sink,liqour maffios haris rawwat,bhanwarri rapperr gahhlot,robber uncles gulam hoodda etc. are sent in tihhar immediately for their non stop- pering activities which has led to the ultimate devastation of the economy of our country!
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                            Augustus
                            Dec 30, 2015 at 10:53 am
                            This is called Patriotic Corruption, it is so very patriotic that anybody from RSS who commits a fraud on India are of an impeccable character and will in the end come out as pure as Advani
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