2014 Kanker bypolls: Trouble for Ajit Jogi; audio tape reveals deal to ensure BJP’s victory

Raipur #Chhattisgarh The former Chhattisgah Chief Minister and senior Congress leader Ajit Jogi under scanner after the audio tapes surfaced that purportedly show that money exchanged hands to ensure that the BJP win the Chattisgarh byelection in 2014.
Congress has issued show-cause notice to Ajit Jogi in this connection. It is alleged that Ajit Jogi worked with BJP to ensure Congress loose in bypolls.
The alleged audio tapes have voices of suspended Congress leader Manturam Pawar who withdrew his candidature from Antagarh bypolls at the last moment, CM Raman Singh’s son-in-law Dr. Puneet Gupta, Senior Congress leader Ajit Jogi and his son Amit Jogi. It was claimed that these tapes were recorded during the time of by-elections and Manturam’s had taken money to withdraw his candidature.
The deal was set in around Rs 7 crores, and the amount paid at the official residence of the PWD Minister Rajesh Munat. One liquor contractor who is very close to CM house allegedly had made payments.
The audio tape was allegedly leaked to media by a Senior Congress leader. After the tapes got leaked, the temperature of Chhattisgarh politics automatically shoot up and comments started flooded on social media.
State President of Chhattisgarh Congress Bhupesh Baghel addressed a press conference over the issue. While speaking to News 18 Bhupesh Baghel said that a showcause notice has been issued to Ajit Jogi.
BJP likely to address a press conference shortly in this conection, informed the sources.
AAP leader Uchit Sharma reacted strongly over the issue and said termed the incident as unfortunate.
Notably, the Chhattisgarh bypolls were held in September, 2014. The election happened because the incumbent MLA, Vikram Usendi, had got elected to the Lok Sabha as a BJP MP just three months earlier.