Former Chhattisgarh CM Allegedly Linked to Funds from Mahadev App Scam in Himachal Pradesh Assembly Polls, BJP Leader Claims
Former Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur of the BJP has stirred controversy by alleging that Bhupesh Baghel, the recently ousted Chief Minister of Chhattisgarh, might have funded the Congress party’s campaign in the Himachal Pradesh assembly polls using money purportedly received through the Mahadev app scam. Thakur’s statement, made during a media interaction, has sparked calls for further investigation into Baghel’s involvement in the alleged scandal, which has been under the Enforcement Directorate’s radar for money laundering between India and Dubai through hawala transactions.
The Mahadev betting app, central to these claims, has been under scrutiny by the Enforcement Directorate, which asserted that the app’s promoters had allegedly transferred approximately ₹508 crore to Baghel. However, an individual apprehended by the ED and purported to be a ‘cash courier’ refuted these allegations, stating that he had been framed as part of a conspiracy and had never delivered cash to politicians. Thakur, using the recent BJP victory in Chhattisgarh as a platform, emphasized a slew of corruption allegations against the Congress government, including the Mahadev app scandal, terming Chhattisgarh as “synonymous with corruption.”
Thakur further underscored the BJP’s wins in multiple states as a precursor to the upcoming Lok Sabha elections. He claimed that the recent victories were indicative of the public’s preference for better governance and highlighted instances of alleged unfulfilled promises and financial mismanagement by the Sukhvinder Sukhu-led government in Himachal Pradesh. The former CM criticized the state government for failing to address pressing issues like the recent monsoon disaster’s aftermath, rising unemployment, and unmet electoral commitments, pointing out a substantial increase in government borrowing during their tenure.
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