BJP, Cong compete for tribal vote pie in Chhattisgarh; face fight from 4 others, including AAP

BJP, Cong compete for tribal vote pie in Chhattisgarh; face fight from 4 others, including AAP

Courtesy : Nationalist Bureau12/10/2018 08:39

Bureau, Oct 10: In Chhattisgarh elections, tribal votes have traditionally played a crucial role in ensuring that a party crosses the last post comfortably.

Thus it is of no surprise that both the major parties – the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Congress – are competing to get the blessing of the tribal electorate in a state which is home to about 72 lakh people belonging to the Scheduled Tribes community.

Moreover, 29 of 90 seats in the Chhattisgarh Assembly are reserved for the Scheduled Tribes (STs), which make the competition even more fierce. The number of seats reserved for SC candidates in the state Assembly is 10.

But it is not just the BJP and the Congress who are eyeing the vote bank. Four others are also gunning for the tribal votes, making the situation for the saffron party and the grand old party even more tough.

The Congress has had a support base in the constituencies reserved for the Scheduled Tribes and Scheduled Castes (SC), but the BJP has succeeded in making a dent into it.

The Congress has its grip on 18 ST seats and the BJP on the rest.

Since the seats reserved for STs in the state is more than those for the SCs, the competition to woo the electorate of the former is much more tough.

The ruling BJP had its top leaders, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, campaign in the tribal-dominated areas of Chhattisgarh. Chief Minister Raman Sigh, BJP chief Amit Shah, party Joint General Secretary (Organisation) Saudan Singh have campaigned extensively in the tribal areas.

Aiming to woo the tribal population, Raman Sigh had flagged off the Lok Suraj Yatra and Vikas Yatra from the tribal-dominated areas.

The Congress too is hard pressed in attracting as much tribal votes as possible and has chalked out its own plans for the purpose. Besides holding a rally in Sitapur in Sarguja, it has also held a tribal meet at Kota in Bilaspur district of the state. The party’s tribal arm has also organised a jungle satyagraha.

The other four parties that are also eyeing the tribal votes in the two-phase Assembly elections in Chhattisgarh this year are, the Gondwana Ganatantra Party, the Janata Congress, the Tribal Party, and the Aam Aadmi Party.

Assembly elections in Chhattisgarh will take place on November 12 and 20. The results will be declared on December 11.

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