Political activities intensified in Chhattisgarh

With Assembly elections in Chhattisgarh just over a year away, the Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) have begun strategizing policies to counter each other.

The political heat has further intensified in the poll-bound state with policy measures announced by both parties.

The BJP remained in power in the state for almost a decade and a half, but in the 2018 State Assembly elections, Congress came to power defeating the BJP by a huge margin of seats. .

Congress and BJP are doing all they can for the upcoming Chhattisgarh Assembly elections to be held in 2023 as Congress faces a challenge to stay in power, while BJP is desperately trying to regain power after having been banned for five years. .

The Congress has 71 MPs in the 90-seat State Assembly, while the BJP has 14 MPs, besides the Janata Congress Chhattisgarh has three MPs while the Bahujan Samaj Party has two MPs.

The BJP is trying to change the situation on the ground, that’s why the party has undergone a complete overhaul. Ajay Jamwal was appointed Regional Secretary General (Organization) and was put in charge of Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh Party Unity. The Saffron Party decided to establish Jamwal’s headquarters at Raipur.

Similarly, the BJP has also appointed Arun Sao as the new state party chairman to replace Vishnudeo Sai. The saffron party is preparing to fight the Congress government on the ground and has changed the state party chairman and named Narayan Chandel as the new Legislative Party Leader in the State Assembly, replacing Dharamlal Kaushik.

The BJP is directly attacking the Congress government led by Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel instead of the party.

Opposition leader Narayan Chandel says huge corruption has taken place in the state, but the Chhattisgarh government is busy promoting itself. By collecting falsified unemployment data, the state government is trying to mislead state residents, Chandel added.

“The state government (of Congress) is good at breaking poll promises and the people shouldn’t trust that government.”

On the other hand, the government of Bhupesh Baghel is busy promoting its social welfare programs among the people. Simultaneously, the Chief Minister is reaching out to the people through the CM Meeting Campaign and trying to take the pulse of the people on the ground.

Congress is actively working in the state under Baghel’s leadership and trying to keep the people together.

In the Jharkhand affair, Baghel launched a blistering attack on the central government and Jharkhand MPs camped in Chhattisgarh. The Chief Minister says that now ED and IT raids will take place in the state. Such raids also took place earlier and similar raids will follow soon, he added.

“The BJP orders such raids because it does not believe in democracy,” he said.

Political analyst Rudra Awasthi believes that Congress is continuously strengthening its political base on the ground. The grand-old party launched several social welfare programs, which benefited the poor and transformed the rural economy.

Awasthi says on the other hand, it will be a major challenge for the BJP to fight the Congress in the state. The saffron party is aware of this reality so it has made several changes within the party. In the coming days, it will depend on the political skills of the leaders of the two parties and the strategies they adopt to advance in the state.

Sally J. Minick