Speaking exclusively to MyNation, Rajesh Toppo rubbished the allegations as 'fabricated'. He said, 'As a director of public relations, I meet 100 journalists through the day. I don’t even know who has labelled this allegation against me. But as far as the content of the conversation is concerned, I was not a party to it'
Raipur/New Delhi: A purported audio has rocked Chhattisgarh elections after Rajesh Toppo, a prominent figure in chief minister Raman Singh’s office is heard asking a journalist to allegedly sting Congress leader Bhupesh Baghel.
A journalist is heard to be saying, "The way NRDA (Naya Raipur Development Authority) takes land in exchange of money, BALCO too has taken land. Compensation for the land needs to be given. If Sahab (Raman Singh) okays, they are ready to fund Rs 100 crore. The cost for the election will be taken care of."
Toppo, who is the director of public relations in the Raman Singh government is heard suggesting that the journalist conduct a sting operation on Congress leader Bhupesh Baghel in exchange for that.
A voice that is claimed to be of Toppo is heard to be saying, "Come after getting this job done (video of Bhupesh Baghel). Then, I will arrange the meeting (with Raman Singh).”
Speaking exclusively to MyNation, Toppo rubbished the allegations as 'fabricated'.
Toppo said, "As a director of public relations, I meet 100 journalists through the day. I don’t even know who has labelled this allegation against me. But as far as the content of the conversation is concerned, I was not a party to it."
Toppo further told MyNation that he is consulting his lawyers and exploring options to seek legal action.
Meanwhile, the Congress has jumped to the scene with its National Convener of Social Media Ruchira Trivedi alleging, "They beat up Congress workers to silence their voice. They misused CBI to implicate Congress leaders in fake cases. When that didn’t work, they used government officials to do stings on Congress leaders. If only Raman Singh had expended so much effort in working for his people".
They beat up Congress workers to silence their voice. They misused CBI to implicate Cong leaders in fake cases. When that didn't work, they used govt officials to do stings on Cong leaders. If only Raman Singh had expended so much effort in working for his people.#RamanKaDalal pic.twitter.com/WH5gnKZ23n— Ruchira Chaturvedi (@RuchiraC) November 15, 2018
Baghel too, took to Twitter to make his point.
Meanwhile, the Congress trended #RamanKaDalal (agent of Raman Singh) on Twitter.
Chhattisgarh is a state where the Congress wants to exploit 15 years of anti incumbency of Raman Singh, whereas the BJP is banking on the fact that the state Congress has no face to project for the polls. Chhattisgarh has traditionally seen neck to neck fight with a difference of 1% difference of vote share between the Congress and the BJP.
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Last Updated Nov 15, 2018, 9:43 PM IST