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Baijayant Panda rubbishes allegations raised by Ajit Jogi

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Bhubaneswar: The office of BJD MP Baijayant Panda on Thursday refuted the charges leveled against him by former Chhattisgarh chief minister Ajit Jogi over his alleged link with Congress leader and former Union Finance Minister P Chidambaram.

A press statement issued by Baijayant’s office clarified that neither the MP nor any of his family members have had any deals with Karti.

“These allegations by Jogi are ridiculous.”

P Chidambaram had appeared in court as legal counsel for companies connected to Panda’s family. Neither Panda nor any of his family members have any dealings with his son Karti Chidambaram,” said a statement of Panda’ office.

The ‘clarification’ further stated, “Nalini Chidambaram owns shares in one of the companies.

It happens to be a public company in which anyone can buy shares, and upon checking we have found that only 10 shares are owned in this name.”

The reaction came soon after Jogi levelled allegations at a Press conference in New Delhi on Wednesday demanding a probe into the matter.

A day earlier, Jogi in a press statement in New Delhi urged that former finance minister P Chidambaram’s son Karti be probed for his alleged role in securing Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB)’s nod for a media firm owned by Baijayant Panda.

He added that Chidambaram was advocating in court in favour of the IMFA in the loan waiver case during the time and the IMFA got a Rs 2,300-cfrore waiver.

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