BJP Takes Aim at Congress Following ED’s Inclusion of Party Veteran Baghel in Supplementary Chargesheet for Mahadev Betting App Case. | Best7News

In a significant development, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has leveled corruption charges against the Congress party, pointing fingers at former Chhattisgarh Chief Minister and party stalwart Bhupesh Baghel. The accusations stem from the Enforcement Directorate’s decision to name Baghel in a supplementary chargesheet pertaining to the Mahadev betting app case.

BJP’s national spokesperson, Shehzad Poonawalla, minced no words in his criticism of the Congress, asserting that for the party, “CM never meant chief minister; it only meant corruption minister.” He drew a stark comparison between Prime Minister Modi’s RuPay card initiative and what he termed the Congress’s ‘Bhupe card,’ insinuating corruption.

Poonawalla went on to accuse the Congress of treating Chhattisgarh as an “ATM” during its tenure, alleging widespread corruption. According to him, the evidence now establishes a bribe of Rs 500 crore paid to Baghel, implicating the former Chief Minister in corrupt practices.

During the Chhattisgarh assembly elections in November 2023, Poonawalla claimed that a person apprehended revealed the mechanics of how money was being funneled to Baghel’s close aides. “We have seen how during the election this money was being sent to Bhupesh Baghel and it was caught red-handed,” he declared, emphasizing the gravity of the situation.

The BJP spokesperson challenged the Congress to address the allegations head-on, posing the question, “Will they continue to defend corruption?”

The Enforcement Directorate’s move to name Baghel in the supplementary chargesheet filed in Raipur on January 1, 2024, adds legal weight to the allegations. The chargesheet specifically relates to accusations of Baghel receiving bribes amounting to approximately Rs 508 crore from the promoters of the Mahadev App.

The developments in this case not only heighten political tensions between the BJP and Congress but also raise broader questions about accountability and corruption within the political landscape. As the legal proceedings unfold, the spotlight remains firmly on the Congress’s response to these serious allegations.