BJP Chief Dr Rajeev Bindal resigned amid a corruption probe into the procurement of medical supplies by the government for the COVID pandemic.
Shimla| On Wednesday, BJP state president, Dr Rajeev Bindal, resigned from the post, “on the basis of high moral grounds”, amid a bribery probe into the procurement of medical supplies by the government for the COVID-19 outbreak.
Dr Bindal was Speaker of the State Assembly until January when he was selected by BJP national president J P Nadda to head the party in the state.
His resignation comes following the vigilance and anti-corruption bureau arrested the director of health services, Dr A K Gupta, following a probe into an audio clip in which two men are purportedly heard discussing the handover of Rs 5 lakh.
The person heard “offering the bribe” is a “ruling party leader”, said the Opposition’s state in-charge, Rajni Patil.
In the clip, a man is heard saying: “Leke aa raha hun samaan apka, ji (I am bringing your goods). Another man replies: “Thik hai, le ao. Kitna le aye (Ok, bring it, how much are you bringing?).”
The conversation continues with the first man saying: “Sir, aapne 5 lakh bola tha, janab (You had mentioned 5 lakh).” The other man replies: “Thik hai, le ao (Ok, bring it).”
Dr Rajeev Bindal said: “ I am tendering my resignation keeping in mind high moral grounds. It is to be kept in mind that I am only resigning on the basis of high moral grounds.”
Bindal said that “everything is written in the letter” and “no other meaning should be taken out of it”, to the Indian Express.
(Inputs from Indian Express)