Chhattisgarh assembly elections’ voting is finally over, and results are awaited. The citizens of this state have registered plentiful voting with a decent 72% in total. That’s quite a lot when you consider the image of Chhattisgarh as a Naxal infested state. The urban and rural population of the state showed almost equal enthusiasm while casting its vote. Numerous stories and events surrounded the elections and here are some of them.
The assembly election were held in two phases in Chhattisgarh. First part of voting was held on 12th of November 2018, in which, mostly the red corridor or Bastar belt was covered. This witnessed voting in 18 constituencies.
The second phase was held on 20th of November 2018, which covered rest of the regions i.e. 72 constituencies. 4 states were having elections simultaneously were only in Chhattisgarh, it was organized in 2 phases.
List declaration was dramatic as usual from all major political parties. When BJP declared its list of candidates, emotions overflowed for next few days. Those who got the ticket were elated and promised victory while, those who were denied candidature expressed remorse.
Few denied candidates tried to showcase their strength and public-support by reaching the BJP offices with masses. They explicitly flayed the party policy and registered their protest. BJP, which was already dealing with anti-incumbency in Chhattisgarh wasted no time in speaking with them directly and pacifying them.
Congress which was quite confident of coming into power at least this time, showed signs of some internal conflicts as usual. INC National President Rahul Gandhi tried hard to convince Chhattisgarh’s people by highlighting national level topics. Rafale deal, Corporate favoritism etc. were the highlights if his speeches in rallies.
BJP, on the other hand, tried to highlight that much development has been done in the past 15 years and once again it will come into power. PM Narendra Modi and BJP President Amit Shah tried to convince the people of Chhattisgarh in their own ways. In fact, Dr. Raman Singh, Chief Minister of Chhattisgarh also filed his candidature from Rajnandgaon in the presence of UP’s CM Yogi Adityanath.
Bhupesh Baghel & TS Singhdeo, 2 senior most leaders of Congress in the state tried hard to bring the situation in favor of the opposition party. How successful have they been, only results would tell on 11thDecember.