An audio clip that has gone viral is creating a massive buzz on WhatsApp. It is believed to be the voice of Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan that has been brought to the notice of Election Commission as a serious violation ahead of by-election on Saturday.
In the clip, Chouhan in an alleged phone conversation is heard promising to ‘take good care’ of a BJP leader if he supports the party candidate even though he was passed over.
“The ticket window is already closed now...But don’t worry, I will take care of you, but just make sure that we win,” says the voice in the three minute audio that is alleged to be that of Chouhan.
On the other side of conversation is a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader who is apparently dissatisfied after being denied a ticket to fight elections and is seen as a danger to the campaign.
While Chouhan in the clip assures: ‘Bana doonga tumhe (I will make you)’, the Congress has alleged that the three-time Chief Minister was promising a government position.
Chouhan appears to be telling his party leader Rajesh Choudhary to campaign as if it were his personal elections.
“After the election I will make sure you are in a better situation than now. Just don't spare any effort to win in the next three days,” he is heard saying further urging him to mobilize others of his caste ‘Bodhwal Samaj’.
Choudhary in his response said, “Don't worry, we won't spare any effort.”
The by-elections are scheduled for Saturday at the Garoth assembly seat that went empty post the death of a legislator. Rajesh Choudhary was believed to be roped in but another leader was named the BJP candidate.
The Congress candidate soon after the audio went viral complained to the police that the MP CM had offered an ‘inducement’ for votes, while BJP on the other hand has claimed that the audio clip is fake.
On the same, senior Congress leader Digvijaya Singh commented, “The Election Commission should examine the audio tape. This is BJP's style of functioning; this is how it cooks up votes.”