Election Commission asks Chhattisgarh Chief Secretary to launch enquiry in ‘match fixing’ tape

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The Election Commission on Wednesday asked the Chief Secretary of Chhattisgarh to “urgently” launch a an enquiry into the revelations that the BJP and Congress had indulged in match fixing during an assemvky by-polls in 2014.

The audio conversations had revealed how the two parties had struck a deal worth Rs 10 crore to give the BJP candidate a walkover.

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“The EC has directed the Chief Secretary of Chhattisgarh to urgently institute a suitable enquiry into the tape episode. He has been directed to submit a factual report latest by January 7 along with his comments,” an EC official was quoted by PTI.

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In the audio tape, the Congress leader and former Chief Minister of Chhattisgarh Ajit Jogi, his son Amit Jogi, his ‘associates’ and Puneet Gupta, son-in-law of Chief Minister Raman Singh, to allegedly “fix” the by-election to Antagarh (ST) seat.

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Chhattisgarh Congress has issued a show cause notice to Amit and decided to wait for a report from the state unit before taking any action against Ajit Jogi since he is a member of the Congress Working Committee, the party’s top decision making body.

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