“The IT department is trying to stage a political coup in Chhattisgarh”

Suryakant Tiwari, a Chhattisgarh-based businessman accused of tax evasion, made a sensational claim on Sunday that the income tax department was pressuring him to carry out a “coup of Maharashtra type”.

Mr Tiwari has been in the eye of a storm that has gathered over Chhattisgarh politics over the past ten days. It began on June 30 when the IT department carried out several raids on properties belonging to it and others, including Saumya Chaurasia, Deputy Secretary to Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel of Congress.

“IT department officials tortured me into falsely admitting that I had ties to Ms. Chaurasia. They even promised to make me ‘Eknath Shinde of Chhattisgarh’. asked to provide a list of 40 to 45 deputies with whom I had a good relationship and who could organize a split in the state government to bring about a fall and form another with the help of the deputies of the state. opposition,” Mr. Tiwari said.

He was referring to the recent rebellion in the neighboring state following which a Shiv Sena-led coalition government collapsed and Mr Shinde became chief minister with the support of the Bharatiya Janata party.

In the Chhattisgarh Assembly, which has 90 members, 46 is the majority and the current Congress government has 71 MPs.

Following the recent raids, Congress and the BJP have accused each other of helping Mr. Tiwari make illegal gains. Leaders on both sides opted for a blitzkrieg on social media by posting photos of the businessman with leaders of both parties, including Mr Baghel and former chief minister Dr Raman Singh of the BJP.

Press meeting by Raman

Mr Singh even held a press conference last week and said the IT department had seized ‘undisclosed’ cash and jewelery worth ₹14 crore and detected collection of unaccounted money to the tune of over ₹200 crore, citing a press release from the department.

Although he admitted no wrongdoing, Mr Tiwari said he had “good relations with the leaders of both parties”.

While launching a broadside against the IT department, he also made several allegations against Mr. Singh and said that he, his family members, Cabinet colleagues and party members had been involved in several acts of corruption during the 15 years of BJP rule. the state.

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