Chhattisgarh Election Result, December 11 (IECurrrentAffairs): Chief Minister Raman Singh today took full “responsibility” for BJP’s defeat in the state and tendered his resignation from the post. Even though the official results are yet to be announced by Election Commission of India, Congress has gained overwhelming leads and is returning to power in the state after 15-year hiatus. In a landslide victory for Congress, the party is ahead in 66 assembly seats, BJP candidates were winning in paltry 17 assembly constituencies. Ajit Jogi’s Janta Congress Chhattisgarh and the Bahujan Samaj Party were leading in seven seats. The half-way mark is 58 for the Assembly.
The counting of votes for 90 seats in the Chhattisgarh Assembly is still underway. Stringent security arrangements have been made at the counting centres spread across all 27 districts. Polling was held in two phases on November 12 and 20.
Over 5,000 counting personnel and 1,500 micro-observers will keep strict vigil and ensure smooth conduct of the counting process, according to report. A total of 1,079 contestants are in the fray. The fate of Chief Minister Raman Singh, former Chief Minister Ajit Jogi, 11 ministers and state unit chiefs of the BJP and the Congress will be decided on Tuesday. One of the key fights will be between incumbent chief minister Singh and niece of former prime minister late Atal Bihari Vajpayee Karuna Shukla who contested on a Congress ticket from Rajnandgaon seat.
The game-changer in Chhattisgarh, where the vote per cent margin between the winning and losing party traditionally remains minimal, could be the pre-poll alliance forged between Mayawati-led Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), Ajit Jogi’s Janata Congress Chhattisgarh and Communist Party of India (CPI). However several exit polls have predicted a neck-in-neck fight between the BJP and Congress in the state.