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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)

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Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Monday accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his government of being anti-Dalit and said his party will defeat the BJP in 2019 Lok Sabha elections. Gandhi, who led his party’s day-long fast at Rajghat to highlight atrocities against Dalits and other communities, said party workers were protesting against an ideology, a way of thinking.

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“The atmosphere that has been created in the country, it is due to the ideology of the BJP. BJP’s ideology is to divide the country, crush the Dalits, tribals, minorities. We are against the ideology of the BJP. We are standing against it today, we will stand against it throughout our lives. And we will defeat them in the 2019 elections,” Gandhi told reporters.

Asked about BJP Dalit MPs writing to Modi with their complaints, Gandhi said: “You talk to them in Parliament. They also tell us that Modiji is a casteist person, an anti-Dalit person. He has no place for Dalits in his heart, the whole country knows this. It is not a secret.”

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Gandhi attacked BJP President Amit Shah for likening the coming together of opposition parties to “snakes, mongoose, dogs and cats” climbing a tree trunk to save themselves from floods. He said every person in the country was against the BJP.

“Some days back a BJP leader said that opposition members were animals. The truth is that today every person in the country is standing against the government. The approach that this government has against Dalits, tribals, minorities and farmers, we are standing against it,” he said. Gandhi said the country will not accept that Modi government “spreads violence, hatred in the country… We are standing here against this ideology.”

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Gandhi also accused the government of suppressing and intimidating the media. “You are standing on the other side but in actuality you are standing on our side as we are protecting you also. You are smiling, I know. We are fighting for you as well.” IANS

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