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Congress issues notice to Amit Jogi, seeks Raman Singh’s resignation

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New Delhi:  The Congress on Wednesday issued a notice to Amit Jogi, son of party leader Ajit Jogi, over reported purported conversations that suggested that financial inducement was offered to the party candidate to make him withdraw from the fray in the bypoll to Anantgarh assembly seat in 2014.

The party also demanded the resignation of Chief Minister Raman Singh and a probe into the issue by a Supreme Court judge.

Party sources said the Chhattisgarh state Congress issued the notice to Amit Jogi.

With Ajit Jogi’s name also being mentioned in relation to some conversations, the party also sought a report from the state Congress on the issue.

“The state Congress will give its report and then the further course will be decided,” a party leader said.

Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala said a sitting judge of the Supreme Court should look into the issue and if there is involvement of party leaders that should also be probed.

Till the probe is completed by a sitting judge of the Supreme Court, it will be unfair for Raman Singh to continue as chief minister. He must resign from his post for a fair and transparent probe,” Surjewala said.

The Indian Express daily on Wednesday ran a story on audio tapes that suggested financial inducements could have been offered to Congress candidate Manturam Pawar who withdrew close to the date of the bypoll. He joined the BJP in March this year.

Surjewala said that soon after the party candidate withdrew, they had moved the Election Commission seeking deferment of the bypoll. He said the party had also alleged then that the chief minister had offered allurements to the party candidate.

Pawar has said no one had pressurised him to withdraw. Both Amit Jogi and Ajit Jogi have denied talking to anyone regarding the bypoll.

Raman Singh said Pawar himself has stated that he withdrew on his own and there was no pressure on him. (Inputs from IANS)

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Amit Jogi expelled for six years by Congress

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Raipur/New Delhi:  Citing anti-party activities, the Congress on Wednesday expelled Chhattisgarh legislator Amit Jogi the son of former chief minister Ajit Jogi.

He would challenge his expulsion as the party is nobody’s “Bapoti” (Personal property), Amit Jogi later said.

The expulsion came in the wake of revelations about Amit Jogi’s alleged role in fixing the Antagarh by-election in 2014. The decision was taken during a meet of the Congress state unit in Raipur that also approved a proposal to suspend his father and senior Congress leader Ajit Jogi.

Chhattisgarh Congress chief Bhupesh Baghel said the party had acted, and it was now the Bharatiya Janata Party’s turn to act against those involved in the “murder of democracy” in Antagarh.

“The proposal to expel Ajit Jogi was also passed. Since this right is beyond the domain of the state Congress, the proposal to expel him will be sent to All India Congress Committee (AICC),” he said.

Amit Jogi, a legislator from Marwahi, voiced disappointment.

“I am hurt. The decision to expel me without proving the allegations against me is biased and unfair,” he said. “I will exercise my right to appeal under Rule 8 of Article 9 of the party’s constitution. I have full faith in the party’s leadership.”

Just after he was expelled, some sitting and former legislators came in the open, extending their support to the Jogis. A large number supporters of Amit Jogi’s supporters gathered outside his bungalow.

After being expelled, Amit Jogi said: “Congress is not anyone’s ‘Bapoti’ (personal property).”

He said he would challenge the party’s decision in All India Congress Committee (AICC) as he has three weeks for that.

He said he was hurt by the decision. “It is a success of people of the Samanta and Zamindari system and a defeat of the Dalit and oppressed tribal. Without conducting any probe, and evidence, this decision is flawed and unjustifiable. I will continue to raise voice for the poor.”

“According to our constitution, I have the right to appeal. I have full faith in Congress president Sonia Gandhi and vice-president Rahul Gandhi. I have full confidence that I would get justice,” he added.

The Congress had earlier issued a notice to Amit Jogi over purported conversations that suggested that financial inducement was offered to the party candidate to make him withdraw from the fray in the by-election to the Antagarh assembly seat in 2014.

It also demanded the resignation of Chief Minister Raman Singh and a probe into the issue by a Supreme Court judge. (Picture Courtesy:indiatoday.in)(IANS)