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Political Background

Chhattisgarh carved out of the state of Madhya Pradesh, has always been a prominent state situated in Central India. The demand for making a separate state of Chhattisgarh existed as early as the 1920s. But was tabled only in the year 1998 when two major parties Indian National Congress and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) took it as a serious major. After the approval of a unanimous bill by Madhya Pradesh Assembly, Chhattisgarh was declared a separate state comprising of 16 south-eastern districts, on 1st of November 2000. Since inception, BJP, INC, and BSP are major players in the politics of the new state. Now the state has seen a remarkable growth and development in all fields. The capital of the state is Raipur.

The main political parties of Chhattisgarh are

INC – Indian National Congress, BJP – Bharatiya Janata Party, BSP – Bahujan Samajwadi Party

The Legislature

The state of Chhattisgarh has unicameral lawmaking body with one house.

State Legislative Assembly

Also known as Vidhan Sabha, State Legislative Assembly has its seat in the capital city, Raipur. The Assembly has 90 elected members and 1 Anglo Indian member with a tenure is of 5 years. The state has 5 female and ST, SC members too. The most prominent party in the state has been BJP, by winning the elections are now ruling the state government.

Chhattisgarh Lok Sabha Election 2014- An Overview

Lok Sabha Elections of 2014 saw the remarkable victory of Bharatiya Janta Party that grabbed 10 seats out of 11. The strong opponent could hardly get one seat only. The elections were held in three different phases witnessed a sweeping victory of ruling party which is still running a smooth government of the state. All other leaders of opposing party were all in the fray with just one-sided results.

Upcoming Elections

The current government has seen a long phase of anti-incumbency and the threat of Maoist rebels in the state of Chhattisgarh. They have been imposed with the charges of corruption. It would be really difficult to predict that BJP would continue to remain in power or would lose to its strong opponents INC and BSP. Like the recent Elections results in Northeastern state and northern India, there is no doubt about a strong and major grip of BJP on central politics, but state politics can always put forth some surprising elements. Let’s keep our fingers crossed for 2019 Lok Sabha Elections.

Quick facts for Chhattisgarh Elections

Parliamentary Constituencies11
Assembly Constituencies 90
Chief MinisterShri Raman Singh
GovernorShri Balramji Dass Tandon
Ruling PartyBharatiya Janta Party
Leader of the OppositionShri T. S. Singh Dev, INC
High Court of JudicatureBilaspur
Chief Electoral OfficerSmt. Nidhi Chibber, IAS
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