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Chhattisgarh: BJP expels Manturam Pawar from primary membership

RAIPUR: Chhattisgarh BJP state president Vikram Usendi has expelled Manturam Pawar from the primary membership of party for anti-party activities on Tuesday. The expulsion has been made effective from immediate effect.

BJP national vice president and former Chief Minister Raman Singh had indicated for action after on Saturday (September 7), tribal leader and former legislator Manturam Pawar, had recorded his statement before the judicial magistrate first class (JFMC) Neeraj Shrivastava under section 164 of CrPC leveling allegations against the then chief minister Raman Singh and former chief minister Ajit Jogi, Rajesh Munat, Amit Jogi and others in the Antagarh bypoll fixing scandal.

Pawar had alleged that he was pressurized for Rs 7 crore deal to bow out of contest as a Congress candidate at the last moment. He had alleged that deal was fixed at the bungalow of the then PWD minister Rajesh Munat, who had given the amount to Ameen Menon and Firoze Siddiquie but did not get a single penny.

The Antagarh by poll scandal reportedly took place in 2014 when Manturam Pawar, Congress candidate withdrew his nomination papers at the last moment of closure of withdrawal of nomination papers, giving a walk over to the BJP candidate Bhojraj Naag. An audio tape surfaced a year after revealing the reported conversation for the deal. After which Amit Jogi was expelled and also Ajit Jogi left the party to launch a regional political outfit.

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