Bjp: Nine assembly seats where BJP yet to taste victory since formation of Chhattisgarh | India News

RAIPUR: The BJP has ruled Chhattisgarh for 15 years however it has by no means been in a position to register a win in a cluster of 9 constituencies ever because the state was shaped in 2000. Hoping to buck the development, the get together has roped in new faces for six of those seats this time. Chhattisgarh will vote in two phases on November 7 and 17.
Of those 9 seats, Sitapur, Pali-Tanakhar, Marwahi, Mohla-Manpur and Konta are reserved for the Scheduled Tribe class, whereas the remaining 4 – Kharsia, Korba, Kota and Jaijaipur – are common constituencies.
After Chhattisgarh was carved out of Madhya Pradesh, the BJP gained three consecutive meeting elections within the state in 2003, 2008 and 2013, bagging 50, 50 and 49 seats, respectively. In 2018, the Congress stopped the march of the Raman Singh authorities by profitable 68 seats within the 90-member meeting. BJP’s tally plunged to fifteen.
“BJP has given particular concentrate on the collection of candidates for these seats it has by no means gained. All candidates have been campaigning of their respective areas with full enthusiasm and receiving enormous assist from the individuals”, BJP MP and convener of the get together’s election marketing campaign committee Santosh Pandey instructed PTI on Friday.
State’s Business minister Kawasi Lakhma, an influential Congress tribal chief from Bastar area and five-term MLA, has remained unbeaten since 1998 within the Naxal-hit Konta seat.
BJP has fielded a recent face Soyam Mukka, a former activist of the anti-Maoist civil militia Salwa Judum which was disbanded in 2011.
This seat has principally seen a triangular contest between Congress, BJP and Communist Social gathering of India (CPI). Within the 2018 meeting polls, Lakhma bagged 31,933 votes whereas BJP’s Dhaniram Barse and CPI’s Manish Kunjam polled 25,224 votes and 24,549 votes, respectively.
Amarjeet Bhagat, one other influential tribal chief of Congress from the Surguja division and a minister within the Bhupesh Baghel authorities, has been profitable from the Sitapur constituency because the formation of the state.
BJP has fielded Ram Kumar Toppo (33), who not too long ago resigned from the Central Reserve Police Pressure (CRPF) and joined the saffron get together, from this Sitapur.
Speaking to PTI over the telephone, Toppo stated the individuals of Sitapur “compelled” him to contest the polls and he doesn’t see Bhagat as a problem.
“I had by no means imagined changing into a politician. I acquired round 15,000 letters from the individuals of Sitapur searching for my assistance on numerous points and asking me to contest elections. One of many letters was written in blood by a sufferer of sexual exploitation. I couldn’t ignore them,” he stated.
The ex-CRPF personnel stated he would not see the Congress candidate as a problem as it’s the “individuals of Sitapur, not me, who’re contesting the elections towards him (Bhagat)”.
Equally, one other minister within the Congress authorities, Umesh Patel, has been searching for his third straight time period from Kharsia seat. Not solely because the formation of the state, however this constituency has been a Congress bastion since 1977 when it got here into existence as a part of Madhya Pradesh.
Umesh Patel’s father Nand Kumar Patel, then state Congress chief who was killed within the Jhiram valley Naxal assault in Bastar in 2013, had been elected from this seat 5 occasions.
BJP has fielded a brand new face, Mahesh Sahu, from Kharsia.
Marwahi and Kota seats additionally had been the bastion of Congress earlier than the 2 constituencies had been gained by Janata Congress Chhattisgarh (J) in 2018.
After the formation of Chhattisgarh in 2000, Jogi, who turned the primary chief minister of the Congress authorities, gained the bypoll from Marwahi in 2001. He later gained this seat as a Congress nominee in 2003 and 2008.
In 2013, his son Amit Jogi efficiently contested from Marwahi and in 2018, Ajit Jogi entered the fray from right here on a ticket of his newly floated outfit JCC (J) and gained.
Nonetheless, Congress wrested the constituency within the bypoll necessitated by Ajit Jogi’s demise in 2020.
Ajit Jogi’s spouse Renu Jogi gained the bypoll to Kota seat in 2006 held after the demise of Congress legislator Rajendra Prasad Shukla. She subsequently gained the seat in 2008 and 2013 elections and the fourth time as JCC (J) nominee in 2018.
BJP has fielded new faces Prabal Pratap Singh Judev and Pranav Kumar Marpachchi from Kota and Marwahi seats respectively.
Judev, a former vice chairman of state Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha, is the son of BJP stalwart late Singh Judev, whereas Marpachchi has served within the Indian Military.
The Congress has fielded its incumbent MLA KK Dhruv from Marwahi and chairman of Chhattisgarh Tourism Board Atal Shrivastava from Kota.
4 different seats – Korba, Pali-Tanakhar, Jaijaipur and Mohla-Manpur – the place BJP is but to open its account got here into existence after delimitation in 2008.
An fascinating combat is on the cardboard in Pali-Tanakhar seat the place the BJP has fielded Ram Dayal Uike, who give up the Congress forward of the 2018 meeting polls and returned to the BJP.
Uike who was elected as a BJP MLA from the Marwahi seat in 1998, joined the Congress and vacated his seat to pave the way in which for the entry of Ajit Jogi into the meeting after the latter was sworn in as the primary chief minister of Chhattisgarh.
As a Congress candidate, Uike gained from Tanakhar (which turned Pali-Tanakhar after delimitation) in 2003 and subsequently Pali-Tanakhar in 2008 and 2013.
He returned to the BJP in 2018 and contested from Pali-Tanakhar however misplaced to the Congress nominee. Uike has been renominated by the BJP from right here the place the Congress has denied the ticket to its sitting MLA Mohit Ram and as a substitute fielded a girl candidate – Duleshwari Sidar.
One other minister within the Baghel authorities, Jai Singh Agrawal, has remained unbeaten since 2008 in Korba constituency. The BJP has fielded its former MLA Lakhanlal Dewangan from Korba towards Congress’ Agrawal.
Jaijaipur (Janjgir-Champa) is at the moment held by two-time Bahujan Samaj Social gathering (BSP) MLA Keshav Chandra. The Congress has fielded its district Youth Congress chief Baleshwar Sahu and BJP its district unit chief Krishnakant Chandra.
Within the Mohla-Manpur seat, the Congress has fielded incumbent MLA Indrashah Mandavi, whereas former MLA Sanjeev Shah is the BJP decide.
Like BJP, Congress is but to safe victory on three seats – Raipur Metropolis South, Vaishali Nagar and Beltara – that got here into existence after delimitation in 2008, following the formation of the state.
Raipur Metropolis South is an city constituency held by BJP’s influential chief and former minister Brijmohan Agrawal, a seven-term MLA. Congress has fielded its former MLA and Mahant of Raipur-based widespread Dudhadhari Math Mahant Ram Sundar Das towards Agrawal.
Vaishali Nagar seat is mendacity vacant after the demise of BJP MLA Vidyaratan Bhasin. Each BJP and Congress have put up recent faces – Rikesh Sen and Mukesh Chandrakar, respectively.
In Beltara, BJP denied a ticket to its sitting MLA Rajnish Singh and introduced in a brand new face, Sushant Shukla, whereas Vijay Kesarwani, president of Congress Bilaspur rural unit, is the ruling get together’s nominee.
Head of state Congress communication wing, Sushil Anand Shukla, claimed his get together will efficiently breach among the so-called BJP bastions this time.
The opposition get together will even battle to get the variety of seats it had gained final time, Shukla stated.
The Congress registered a landslide victory within the 2018 polls profitable 68 seats, and comfortably shaped the federal government. The BJP was decreased to fifteen seats, whereas the JCC (J) and the BSP bagged 5 and a pair of seats, respectively. The present power of the Congress is 71.
The Congress has set a goal of profitable 75 seats this time, in accordance with get together leaders.

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