Who will be the next CM of Chhattisgarh 2018?

Raman Singh: The untainted CM or Ajit Jogi: The Kingmaker

Work done by Raman Singh

Dr. Raman Singh is the Chief Minister of Chhattisgarh for the last 14 years. He is the second Chief Minister after Ajit Jogi and is now targeting fourth straight win.

  • 24 hours power supply to every corner of the state, as claimed. Only where power consumption is less than the power produced.
  • Distribution of rice at cheaper rate.
  • Online PDS system.
  • Interest free loan to farmers.
  • A new capital i.e. Naya Raipur.

But every coin has two sides

  • The very own problem of Naxalism.
  • Government undertaking tenders of alcohol shops.
  • Transportation facilities are not good.
  • Corruption is in extreme level.
  • Spending huge amount of money in Rajauthsav.

In the 2003 Assembly Elections, BJP led by Raman Singh, stormed to power by winning 50 out of state’s 90 seats. The Jogi-led Congress could claim only 37. The party has since never been able to mount a comeback. In subsequent elections in 2008 and 2013, the BJP has held on to its grip on power, winning 50 and 49 seats respectively.

Vote Share

The vote share gained by BJP and the Congress in 2008 and 2013 had been on an average identical. In 2008 congress claimed 40.16 percent of all votes cast in Chhattisgarh Assembly Elections and in 2013 it was 40.29 percent of votes tallied. Whereas BJP in 2008 managed less than two percent more at 41.96 percent and in 2013 they claimed 41.06 percent. Talking of Independent candidate, and other parties like BSP, which claimed two seats in both the elections, polled a significant proportion of votes.

So if one calculates in terms of popular vote share, the results are nail-biting and seemingly close.But there is certainly a margin crafted so as to make BJP feel confident enough.

Key Players

Former Chief Minister of Chhattisgarh, Ajit Jogi, who quit the Congress to float his own party, the Janata Congress back in June 2016 is likely to be the third wheel and may prove to be Kingmaker.

At the very least, BJP has 15 years of trouble-free government in Chhattisgarh, and has also the relativity of a clean imaged Chief Minister, Raman Singh. Also a very strong cadre of RSS is active.

Jogi at a time can still manage crowds in thousands something which Congress candidates seems not capable of. Jogi remains ahead of Congress’s BhupeshBaghel and T S Singhdeo.

Will there be reversal in the candidature for upcoming Assembly Elections in Chhattisgarh 2018, or the current governing party will mark themselves as the undisputed Kingmaker…….is something to be witnessed soon.

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