In a dramatic turn of events, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is on the brink of reclaiming power in Chhattisgarh, marking an astounding comeback just five years after being voted out in the 2018 polls. The state witnessed a robust voter turnout of 76.31% across the two phases held on November 7 and 17, setting the stage for a significant electoral shift.
As the Election Commission of India (ECI) tabulates the votes in the ongoing counting process, the BJP has surged ahead, surpassing the ruling Congress party in the latest trends. These trends, while provisional, have showcased a consistent widening gap between the two major political contenders, suggesting a decisive edge for the BJP.
Chhattisgarh, which elected its first non-BJP government in 15 years during the 2018 elections, saw the Congress ascend to power with a commanding 68 seats in the 90-member assembly. In a striking reversal of fortunes, the saffron party, previously helmed by Raman Singh since the state’s inception in 2000, was reduced to a mere 15 seats, marking a historic shift in the state’s political landscape.
Under the leadership of Bhupesh Baghel, the Congress assumed governance, with Baghel becoming the second Chief Minister from the Congress, following in the footsteps of the late Ajit Jogi, who held the position earlier. Chhattisgarh emerged as an independent state in November 2000 after its division from Madhya Pradesh.
The ongoing trends indicate a notable reversal of fate, positioning the BJP for a remarkable return to power, challenging the Congress’ recent dominance and signaling a potential transformation in the state’s political dynamics.