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Chhattisgarh Assembly Elections 2018: All you need to know

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The polling in Chhattisgarh will be held in two phase i.e. on November 12 for 18 assembly seats and November 20 for the remaining 72 seats.

 

The election commission on Saturday announced the dates for polling in the five states- Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh, Mizoram, and Telangana for the assembly elections. The Chief Election Commissioner OP Rawat informed that the polling in Chhattisgarh will be held in two phase i.e. on November 12 for 18 assembly seats and November 20 for the remaining 72 seats.

The gazette notification for the first phase will be sent in the state on October 16. The last date of filing nominations is October 23 while the last date of withdrawal of nomination is October 26. For the second phase, the gazette notification will be sent on October 26. The last date of filing nominations is November 2 while the last date of withdrawal of nomination is November 5. The counting of the votes will take place on December 11.

Here is everything you need to know about the state:

Demographics:

As per details from Census 2011, Chhattisgarh has a population of 2.56 Crores, an increase from figure of 2.08 Crore in 2001 census. Total population of Chhattisgarh is 2,55,45,198 of which male and female are 1,28,32,895 and 1,27,12,303 respectively. The population of Chhattisgarh forms 2.11 percent of India. According to a report by the government of India, at least 34% are Scheduled Tribes, 12% are Scheduled Castes and over 50% belong to the official list of Other Backward Classes. The plains are numerically dominated by castes such as TeliSatnami, and Kurmi; while forest areas are mainly occupied by tribes such as Gond, Halbi, Halba and Kamar/Bujia and Oraon. A large community of Bengalis has existed in major cities.

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Out of the total population of Chhattisgarh, 23.24% people live in urban regions. The total figure of population living in urban areas is 59,37,237 of which 3,035,469 are males and while remaining 2,901,768 are females. The urban population in the last 10 years has increased by 23.24 percent. On the other hand, the total rural population in Chhattisgarh is 1,96,07,961 i.e. 76.76 % of the total population.

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According to the 2011 census, the majority of the Chhattisgarh’s population i.e. 93.25% practiced Hinduism, while 2% followed Islam, 1.92% followed Christianity. While Buddhist, Sikhs comprise 0.27% of the population, Jains are 0.24%.  Sarnaism is the indigenous religion followed by the indigenous tribes of the state which comprises 3.01% of the population.

Voter Population:

The total number of electors as per draft electoral rolls is 1,81,80,422. However, the total number of electors as per final electoral rolls in Chhattisgarh is 1,85,45,819. According to 2013 Election Commission data, total number of electors were 1,68,95,762. Out of this, 8586556 were male, 8308557 were female and 649 were the third gender.

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Constituencies:

The total assembly constituencies in Chhattisgarh are 90. Out of the total, 51 seats are available for general candidates, 10 seats are reserved for Schedules Caste candidates and 29 seats are reserved for Scheduled Caste candidates.

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Major Political Parties:

There are total six national parties in the state including Bharatiya Janata Party, Bahujan Samaj Party, Communist Party of India, Communist Party of India (Marxist), Indian National Congress and Nationalist Congress Party. There are as many as five regional parties including Janata Dal (Secular), Janata Dal (United), Samajwadi Party, Shivsena, etc.

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Chhattisgarh Assembly Elections 2013 result:

In the 2013 Chhattisgarh Assembly elections, Bharatiya Janata Party won 49 seats claiming the CM post while Indian National Congress won 39 seats. BSP and Independent candidate 1 seat each.The total votes polled for BJP were 5,365,272 with 41% vote share while total votes polled for Congress were 5,267,698 with 40.3% vote share. BSP received 5,58,424 votes with only 4.3 vote share.

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Prominent Leaders:

Congress:

The Congress will project more than one probable chief minister in Chhattisgarh ahead of the assembly polls to woo the state’s powerful other backward classes (OBCs). Kurmis and Sahus are two dominant communities among OBCs and account for around 36% of the state’s population.

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Bupesh Bhagel, a Kurmi, and Tamradhwaj Sahu will be among the prominent faces for the party’s election campaign, the leaders said. Sahu is a member of the Congress Working Committee (CWC), the party’s highest decision-making body, while Bhagel is the party’s state chief.

 

BJP:

One of the most famous and powerful political leaders in Chhattisgarh, Raman Singh is a member of the Bharatiya Janata Party and is also currently serving as the Chief Minister of Chhattisgarh. He won re-election in 2013 for his third tenure as CM of Chhattisgarh. He launched various schemes a few months before the elections to woo tribals, youngsters and women. The most important is the SKY scheme, which aims to distribute 5 million smartphones.

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Janata Congress:

Ajit Jogi who has been a Chief Minister of the state when he was a Congress member, founded Janata Congress after breaking away from the party. However, he still is a popular face in Chhattisgarh and his alliance with BSP is speculated to impact more than a dozen seats in the state.

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Rahul Gandhi meets top Cong leaders to select next Chhattisgarh CM

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New Delhi | After selecting chief ministers of Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh, Congress president Rahul Gandhi held hectic parleys with top party leaders on Saturday to decide on the top post for Chhattisgarh. Sources said Gandhi met Chhattisgarh’s four potential chief minister candidates — T S Singh Deo, Tamradhwaj Sahu, Bhupesh Baghel and Charan Das Mahant — at his Tughlaq Lane residence and held discussions with them.

This is the third round of discussion that the Congress chief is holding before selecting the chief minister for Chhattisgarh, where the party romped home to power after 15 years with a two-thirds majority. Congress‘ central observer Mallikarjun Kharge and AICC in-charge for party affairs in Chhattisgarh P L Punia were also present at the meeting.

The sources said UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra were also present at the Congress chief’s residence. They said that a meeting of the Congress Legislature Party (CLP) is slated to be held at 4.00 pm in Raipur, Chhattisgarh.

However, it was not clear whether the announcement would be made in the national capital or in Raipur.
The Congress Friday named Ashok Gehlot Rajasthan’s next chief minister after several rounds of discussions lasting more than two days. In Madhya Pradesh, Congress leader Kamal Nath was made chief minister-designate on December 13.

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Odisha CM hopeful of solution to Mahanadi water dispute

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Bhubaneswar | Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has expressed hope that the Mahanadi water dispute with Chhattisgarh would be resolved soon after the change of government in the neighbouring state. The Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee (OPCC) on Tuesday also said that there could be some relief in store for the state on the matter.

Replying to a question on the Mahanadi water dispute with Chhattisgarh on Tuesday, BJD president Patnaik said, “We hope of finding a resolution soon.”

Chhattisgarh has been accused of constructing projects on the upstream of Mahanadi river and blocking the flow of water downstream to Odisha.

The Congress has all along stood by Odisha in the water dispute. The matter is now pending before a tribunal.  The Congress will form the next government in Chhattisgarh, ending the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) 15-year reign in the state.

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Cong ends BJP’s 15-year rule in Chhattisgarh

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Raipur | The Congress is headed for a massive victory in the Chhattisgarh Assembly polls, bagging 53 seats and leading in 15 more in the 90-member House by late Tuesday night. According to the latest Election Commission (EC) data, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which was in power in the state for 15 years, had won only 11 seats and was leading in another four. Now former CM Raman Singh meanwhile, resigns.

The Janata Congress Chhattisgarh (J) of former chief minister Ajit Jogi had won three seats and was leading in two. Jogi’s ally, the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), had won one seat and was leading in one. In an embarrassment to the ruling party, eight ministers of the BJP lost.

Home Minister Ramsevak Paikra was defeated by the Congress’s Premsai Singh Tekam by 44,105 votes, Sports and Youth Welfare Minister Bhaiyyalal Rajwade suffered defeat at the hands of Congress’s Ambika Singhdeo, hailing from the erstwhile royal family of Koriya, at Baikunthpur by 5,339 votes.

Urban Administration Minister Amar Agrawal was defeated by the Congress’s Shailesh Pandey by 11,221 votes at Bilaspur. Public Works Department Minister Rajesh Munat suffered a loss to the Congress’s youth leader, Vikas Upadhyay, by 12,212 votes in the Raipur City West seat.

Two prominent ministers from the Bastar region, Mahesh Gagda (Bijapur) and Kedar Kashyap (Narayanpur), also tasted defeat. Kashyap was defeated by the Congress’s Chandan Kashyap by a margin of 2,647 votes and Gagda lost to the Congress’s Vikram Mandavi by 21,584 votes.

Cooperative Minister Dayaldas Baghel was defeated by the Congress’s Gurudayal Singh Banjare by 33,200 votes, while Higher Education Minister Premprakash Pandey suffered a loss against the Congress’s Devendra Yadav in the Bhilai Nagar seat.

However, BJP minister Ajay Chandrakar managed to retain his Kurud seat, defeating Independent Neelam Chandrakar by 12,317 votes. Similarly, Agriculture Minister Brijmohan Agrawal emerged the winner from Raipur City South, defeating the Congress’s Kanhaiya Agrawal by 17,496 votes.

The leader of Opposition T S Singhdeo defeated the BJP’s Anurag Singhdeo by 39,624 votes. The Congress leader had defeated Anurag in the 2013 and 2008 state polls too. Deputy Leader of Opposition, the Congress’s Kawasi Lakhma, emerged victorious from Konta, defeating the BJP’s Dhaniram Barse by 6,709 votes.

Congress MP from Durg Tamradhwaj Sahu bagged the Durg Rural seat, defeating the BJP’s Jageshwar Sahu by 27,112 votes. State Congress president Bhupesh Baghel defeated the BJP’s Motilal Sahu in the Patan seat by 27,477 votes.

Ajit Jogi won from Marwahi, defeating the BJP’s Archana Porte by 46,462 votes. His wife Renu Jogi, who recently quit the Congress and joined his husband’s party, won the Kota seat, defeating the BJP’s Kashiram Sahu by 3,026 votes.

Chief Minister Raman Singh was leading in the Rajnandgaon seat against his nearest rival, Karuna Shukla of the Congress. State Assembly Speaker Gaurishankar Agrawal was trailing.

The voting was held in two phases on November 12 and 20. After it became clear that the Congress was heading for a massive victory, Chief Minister Raman Singh submitted his resignation to the governor. Singh told reporters that he accepted the responsibility for the loss, refusing to pass the buck to the BJP’s national leadership.

“The election was solely contested on a state agenda and it was not related to Delhi. We will sit with the party workers and analyze the defeat in detail. This will not reflect on the 2019 Lok Sabha election,” he said.

In the 2013 Assembly polls, the BJP had won 49 seats, the Congress 39, while one seat each was bagged by the BSP and an Independent.

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