Amit Jogi, son of former chief minister, Ajit Jogi, expelled from Congress. The decision was taken by the Chhattisgarh Pradesh Congress Committee after the audio tape indicted him of striking a financial deal to secure BJP candidate’s win in an assembly by-election.
Recordings of shocking conversations emerged last month suggesting an alleged deal was struck between the Congress and the BJP in Chattisgarh by-election in 2013 to help the saffron party win the crucial poll in Bastar region.
According to the purported conversations, the Congress candidate, Manturam Pawar, pulled out of the race just a day before the last date of filing of the nomination, giving a walkover to the BJP candidate.
Even more shocking was that Pawar is heard saying that as part of the deal, he also spoke to Chief Minister Raman Singh couple of times.
The conversations showed a deal was struck to ensure the Congress candidate Pawar withdraw from the poll allowing the BJP candidate to have a walkover in Antagarh (ST-reserved seat). The election took place on 13 September 2014 with the BJP candidate Bhijraj Nag winning by over 62,000 votes.
Congress had served a showcause notice to Amit Jogi while also demanding for the chief minister Raman Singh’s resignation.