Chhattisgarh: IT managers told me I could be a CM by coaching a manager, trader claims

In a video message shared on social media, coal and transport businessman Suryakant Tiwari alleged that he was physically and mentally tortured during the searches after he refused to implicate a government official working in the chief minister’s office by making a false statement.

Income Tax DepartmentBJP state spokesman Sanjay Shrivastav said Tiwari’s allegations were at the behest of Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel and were baseless. (Case)

Coal and transport businessman Suryakant Tiwari, whose premises were recently raided by the Chhattisgarh income tax department, claimed on Sunday that IT officials had told him he could become a minister chief if he used his ties to the ruling congressmen to overthrow the government. His allegations led to a war of words between the opposition BJP and Congress.

In a video message shared on social media, Tiwari alleged that he was physically and mentally tortured during the searches after he refused to implicate a government official working in the chief minister’s office by making a false statement.

“During the computer search since June 30 in my premises, computer sleuths threatened me and my family members… They forced me to link Soumya Chaurasia, assistant secretary in post at the CMO, to my company… and to make statements against her,” he alleged.

Tiwari said Chaurasia was not the only officer he shared good terms with. “But the IT guys wanted me to get involved and they also offered me to become chief minister by overthrowing the government,” he alleged. “I was told that the Congress MPs I know would be supported by the BJP, if I helped them, to form the government.”

BJP state spokesman Sanjay Shrivastav said Tiwari’s allegations were at the behest of Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel and were baseless. “Bhupesh Baghel should be ready to accept his fate. His agents have been unmasked. Such baseless statements will not save them. The IT department’s investigation is going in the right direction,” he said.

Head of the communications wing of the State Congress, Sushil Anand Shukla, said the coal trader’s statement shows that the BJP is trying to destabilize a democratically elected government in Chhattisgarh. “It is evident from Tiwari’s statement that the BJP can stoop to what level to overthrow the government in non-BJP ruled states. Its examples have already been seen in Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Manipur and Maharashtra. No matter how hard the BJP tries, its efforts will not be successful in Chhattisgarh.

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