CHHATTISGARH ASSEMBLY ELECTIONS

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Is Baghel Government inching towards trouble with its lieutenants under surveillance

If some well-placed sources are to be believed, the Bhupesh Baghel government in Chhattisgarh may land into trouble. Extensive raids conducted by Income Tax Department in February this year on the residence of Saumya Chaurasia, a 2008 batch PCS officer, may prove to be a prelude to further actions. The I-T Department had conducted raids at over 25 premises; including those of Ajaz Dhebar (Raipur Mayor and Congress leader), former Chief Secretary Vivek Dhand and several contractors, Chartered Accountants, and big businessmen.

It may be mentioned here that Ms Chaurasia who was posted as Deputy Secretary to Chhattisgarh CM Bhupesh Baghel has been considered among a few closest officers to the present dispensation in the state. Reportedly, she is under the surveillance of central agencies.

It is learned that key conversations between senior Congress leaders in Chhattisgarh and New Delhi were intercepted and the said IT raids were supposed to have some links with the intercepted calls.

As it happens in Indian politics across party lines, the ruling party in a state or states are expected to support or fund elections in other states. Chhattisgarh too supposedly extended huge financial assistance during Jharkhand elections. Sources say that central agencies have intercepted some key conversations between senior Congress leaders in Chhattisgarh and New Delhi.

Sources indicate that the Baghel government may get into trouble the same way it happened with Kamal Nath. It may be recalled that on April 07, 2019 in the middle of 2019 Lok Sabha elections, there were massive IT raids at various locations having direct and indirect links with Kamal Nath including his nephew Ratul Puri (CM’s OSD), Praveen Kakkar and a close associate R K Miglani.

It could well be underlined that for the BJP, Madhya Pradesh and Karnataka are accomplished tasks now and BJP Rajya Sabha Member Subramanyam Swami has started instigating the Uddhav government in Maharashtra to untie the knot with Congress-NCP alliance. However, it would not be so easy to destabilize the Congress government in Chhattisgarh which has a brute majority unlike MP, Rajasthan, Karnataka, and Maharashtra.

(By Rakesh Ranjan)

22 May 2020
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It's a RaGa day today

Rahul Gandhi will be hopping from Jaipur to Bhopal to Raipur to attend the oath-taking ceremonies of Ashok Gehlot and Sachin Pilot in Rajasthan, Kamal Nath in MP, and Bhupesh Baghel in C'garh.

 

Rahul and Congress have been seen working hard to exploit the recent victories to forge a Congress-led coalition.

 

In his efforts, RaGa is supported by a number of political stalwarts who will be lending their weight behind his efforts through their presence in oath-taking ceremonies of Congress CMs.

 

Among those likely to attend the ceremonies are former prime minister H D Devegowda and Karnataka chief minister H D Kumaraswamy, former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Farooq Abdullah, RJD chief Tejashwi Yadav, and LJD leader Sharad Yadav.

 

Former NDA ally and Andhra Pradesh CM N Chandrababu Naidu is likely to make it to all the three events. The Congress has also extended an invitation to the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) to attend the ceremonies, signalling a possible thaw in ties. AAP leader Sanjay Singh is likely to represent his party at the Jaipur ceremony.

 

However, RaGa is also facing obstacles to emerge as the lynchpin of opposition unity.

 

For instance, TMC supremo and West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee will not attend any of the events and has instead directed a representative on her behalf.

 

Similarly, both BSP chief Mayawati and SP leader Akhilesh Yadav would not attend today’s events. The two Uttar Pradesh leaders had extended their respective parties’ support to the Congress after it fell short of a majority in MP and Rajasthan. Both Yadav and Mayawati also skipped the Opposition meet held earlier this month

 

Unlike the previous oath ceremony of Kumaraswamy in Karnataka, this time not all Opposition leaders will make it to the event. In the first show of strength against the BJP, a slew of Opposition leaders including Mayawati, Akhilesh Yadav, Chandrababu Naidu, Mamata Banerjee, Sitaram Yechury posed together during Kumaraswamy's swearing-in ceremony in May.

17 Dec 2018
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Is Baghel Government inching towards trouble with its lieutenants under surveillance

By Rakesh Ranjan 22 May 2020

If some well-placed sources are to be believed, the Bhupesh Baghel government in Chhattisgarh may land into trouble. Extensive raids conducted by Income Tax Department in February this year on the residence of Saumya Chaurasia, a 2008 batch PCS officer, may prove to be a prelude to further actions. The I-T Department had conducted raids at over 25 premises; including those of Ajaz Dhebar (Raipur Mayor and Congress leader), former Chief Secretary Vivek Dhand and several contractors, Chartered Accountants, and big businessmen.

It may be mentioned here that Ms Chaurasia who was posted as Deputy Secretary to Chhattisgarh CM Bhupesh Baghel has been considered among a few closest officers to the present dispensation in the state. Reportedly, she is under the surveillance of central agencies.

It is learned that key conversations between senior Congress leaders in Chhattisgarh and New Delhi were intercepted and the said IT raids were supposed to have some links with the intercepted calls.

As it happens in Indian politics across party lines, the ruling party in a state or states are expected to support or fund elections in other states. Chhattisgarh too supposedly extended huge financial assistance during Jharkhand elections. Sources say that central agencies have intercepted some key conversations between senior Congress leaders in Chhattisgarh and New Delhi.

Sources indicate that the Baghel government may get into trouble the same way it happened with Kamal Nath. It may be recalled that on April 07, 2019 in the middle of 2019 Lok Sabha elections, there were massive IT raids at various locations having direct and indirect links with Kamal Nath including his nephew Ratul Puri (CM’s OSD), Praveen Kakkar and a close associate R K Miglani.

It could well be underlined that for the BJP, Madhya Pradesh and Karnataka are accomplished tasks now and BJP Rajya Sabha Member Subramanyam Swami has started instigating the Uddhav government in Maharashtra to untie the knot with Congress-NCP alliance. However, it would not be so easy to destabilize the Congress government in Chhattisgarh which has a brute majority unlike MP, Rajasthan, Karnataka, and Maharashtra.

(By Rakesh Ranjan)

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It's a RaGa day today

By IndianMandarins 17 Dec 2018

Rahul Gandhi will be hopping from Jaipur to Bhopal to Raipur to attend the oath-taking ceremonies of Ashok Gehlot and Sachin Pilot in Rajasthan, Kamal Nath in MP, and Bhupesh Baghel in C'garh.

 

Rahul and Congress have been seen working hard to exploit the recent victories to forge a Congress-led coalition.

 

In his efforts, RaGa is supported by a number of political stalwarts who will be lending their weight behind his efforts through their presence in oath-taking ceremonies of Congress CMs.

 

Among those likely to attend the ceremonies are former prime minister H D Devegowda and Karnataka chief minister H D Kumaraswamy, former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Farooq Abdullah, RJD chief Tejashwi Yadav, and LJD leader Sharad Yadav.

 

Former NDA ally and Andhra Pradesh CM N Chandrababu Naidu is likely to make it to all the three events. The Congress has also extended an invitation to the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) to attend the ceremonies, signalling a possible thaw in ties. AAP leader Sanjay Singh is likely to represent his party at the Jaipur ceremony.

 

However, RaGa is also facing obstacles to emerge as the lynchpin of opposition unity.

 

For instance, TMC supremo and West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee will not attend any of the events and has instead directed a representative on her behalf.

 

Similarly, both BSP chief Mayawati and SP leader Akhilesh Yadav would not attend today’s events. The two Uttar Pradesh leaders had extended their respective parties’ support to the Congress after it fell short of a majority in MP and Rajasthan. Both Yadav and Mayawati also skipped the Opposition meet held earlier this month

 

Unlike the previous oath ceremony of Kumaraswamy in Karnataka, this time not all Opposition leaders will make it to the event. In the first show of strength against the BJP, a slew of Opposition leaders including Mayawati, Akhilesh Yadav, Chandrababu Naidu, Mamata Banerjee, Sitaram Yechury posed together during Kumaraswamy's swearing-in ceremony in May.

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Meaning of assembly results 2018: Analysis

By IndianMandarins 12 Dec 2018

Congress, MNF and TRS witnessed a grand victory in Chhattisgarh, Mizoram and Telangana whereas it proved to be an honourable defeat for Shivraj Singh Chauhan in MP. Despite his defeat, Shivraj retained his honour in MP where the BJP maintained its margin till mid-night even after 15 years long triple anti-incumbency. INC’s win in Rajasthan was all on expected lines but with a low margin.

 

For the BJP, the election results, on 11 December, coincided with several unfortunate developments like the resignation of RBI Governor, a 755-point slide in the share market and the resignation of Upendra Kushwaha from ministerial post and withdrawal from NDA. Further, the results were a big setback for BJP central leadership ahead of 2019 Lok Sabha elections in 2019 but a boost for Rahul Gandhi led Congress.

 

The results have well underlined many perspectives which will continue to be critically important factors in country’s politics and 2019 LS polls. 

 

HIGH STAKE:

Of course, BJP stalwarts denied that the elections results will have an impact on the outcome of the 2019 general elections. However, Congress's Rajasthan chief Sachin Pilot said that the election results 2018 are important as it may impact 2019 general elections. The five states put together account for 84 out of the 543 Lok Sabha seats and were a critically important test to get peoples’ pulse ahead of 2019 Lok Sabha elections.

 

RAHUL REGAINS:

For Rahul led Congress, there was nothing to lose but only to gain from the BJP ruling in three northern states. Being the last set of assembly elections before the 2019 general elections it was the make or break elections for Congress and Rahul Gandhi since losing disastrously in 2014.

 

Such a big win across states within 365 days of taking over as party president may boost Rahul's image and help him consolidate himself not only within his own party but also in the opposition ranks.

 

In this context, Raj Thackeray's remark over Rahul (Pappu transforms into Parampujya) is a reflection of the change of image for Rahul Gandhi and Congress. 

 

OXYGEN FOR CONGRESS:

By having governments in Karnataka, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh and MP, INC would be able to replenish its treasury which had almost depleted post demonetisation. This may enable it to mount a respectable campaign in 2019.

 

GRAND ALLIANCE:

The perceived change has made the concept of a grand alliance against BJP a tad more real.  The best takeaway would be that Modi-led NDA will have a rejuvenated opposition at Centre - a boost for a healthy democracy.

 

SHOW WILL GO ON:

It seems now that 2014 may not repeat itself in 2019. Clearly, the BJP is faced with a tough challenge. And it will do well to introspect in terms of its approach towards running the affairs of party, politics, agenda and administration.

 

FUTURE AGENDA:

Rahul’s soft-Hindutwa appears to have been well-received across the Hindi heartland which is a good lesson for so-called secularist parties like Congress and others. It endorses that none could ignore the majority's belief system in India. Minority appeasement will take a back-seat now whereas aggression in the name of majority and Hindutwa too would be pushed to the back burner.

 

The results may also be a setback to Ram Mandir agenda. Similarly, renaming exercises like Prayag and Ayodhya have not yielded the desired results; at least in these five states.

 

BREAKING THE MYTHS:

The results broke several myths of efficient election management which had become synonymous with Prashant Kishore and Amit Shah. This doesn't mean that election management has no meaning. It only means that Shah and Kishore would have to innovate and come out with better management techniques to ensure a win for Modi in 2019.   

 

CONGRESS-MUKT NORTH EAST:

The Modi-Shah's tactics seemed to have worked well in the North East where Congress lost its last bastion in Mizoram badly. Since 2014 Congress has lost all the North-East states to the NDA.

 

NATIONAL POLITICS & REGIONAL ASPIRATION:

It was a high-stake election not just for BJP and Congress but for regional forces as well. While the country may be seen making baby steps towards a two-party system, TRS' victory suggests that regional satraps still retain their charms.

(By RakeshRanjan) 

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Fact-sheet: Chhattisgarh Assembly elections

By IndianMandarins 12 Nov 2018

Under the shadow of the gun, polling started off in 18 constituencies of eight Naxal-affected districts— Bastar, Kanker, Sukma, Bijapur, Dantewada, Narayanpur, Kondagaon, and Rajnandgaon.

 

The elections for the 90 seats of the state is scheduled to be held in two phases. The first phase of polling in 18 constituencies is scheduled for today. The second phase, for the remaining 72 constituencies, will be held on November 20. Naxal outfits have executed over half-a-dozen attacks in the last 15 days to scare away voters from participation in the election.

 

BJP & Congress have been winning almost the same percentage of votes in the last three elections. Congress is behind BJP by only around 0.7% votes. The Satnamis (Dalits) and tribals form the core vote base of the Congress and around 66% of its votes come from this segment. BJP has banked on the upper caste and backward caste votes and gets around 71% of its votes from them.

 

In 2013 Assembly elections BJP had bagged 49 seats and the Congress 39. This time, former CM Ajit Jogi (in alliance with Mayawati’s BSP) is said to be tacitly supporting the BJP. Jogi had an enviable support among Satnamis and his exit from Congress might have harmed the Grand Old Party. Jogi (Janata Congress Chhattisgarh) is said to be soft on BJP and is mainly targeting Congress.

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