Congress demands Raman Singh’s resignation

New Delhi: The Congress on Wednesday demanded that Chattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh resign over an allegation that money was offered to a Congress candidate to make him withdraw from the fray in an Assembly election.

The Congress also demanded a probe into the matter.

“Tiil the probe is completed by a sitting judge of the Supreme Court, it will be unfair for Raman Singh to continue as chief minister as he may influence it. He must resign from his post for a fair and transparent probe,” Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala said at a press conference here.

“If there is any involvement of Congress leaders, it should also be probed,” he added.

The Indian Express news daily on Wednesday ran a story on audio tapes that purportedly show that money exchanged hands to ensure that the BJP won the Antagarh assembly byelection in 2014.

Congress candidate Manturam Pawar had then withdrawn his candidature. In March this year, Pawar joined the BJP.

Over a year after the BJP got a walkover, audio tapes have emerged of purported conversations between key political players of both the BJP and the Congress.