Ajit Jogi dents BJP, not Congress in Chhattisgarh
The fine print of Chhattisgarh Assembly election results indicates former chief minister Ajit Jogi’s party’s maiden election has dented BJP’s prospects and not his parent party’s voteshare.
Though Jogi’s Janta Congress Chhattisgarh would not play the kingmaker as Congress has already crossed the halfway mark, the party has given a tough fight on a number of seats. The latest trends reveal that Jogi would win his family bastions – Kota and Marwahi seats easily. Apart from these, Janta Congress Chhattisgarh is either leading or is on the Number 2 spot on at least six seats. These include Baloda Bazar, Khairagarh, Mahasamund, Lormi, Bilha and Rampur.
What has surprised many in BJP is the fact that Janta Congress Chhattisgarh’s presence has electorally harmed the incumbent party more than the Congress. In Kota, Renu Ajit Jogi’s closest rival is BJP. In Lormi, Janta Congress Chhattisgarh candidate Dharmjeet Singh is leading by 3779 from BJP’s candidate. In Marwahi, a seat which Ajit Jogi’s son Amit had won in 2013 by a margin of over 45,000 votes, BJP is on Number 2 spot. In Rampur, BJP candidate Nanki Ram Kanwar is leading but the Number 2 candidate is Janta Congress Chhattisgarh’s Phool Singh.
It is only two constituencies – Mahasamund and Baloda Bazar – that are witnessing a direct face-off between Congress and Janta Congress Chhattisgarh. In Baloda Bazar constituency, Janta Congress Chhattisgarh’s Pramod Kumar Sharma is ahead of Congress’ Janak Ram Verma. In Mahasamund, Congress’ Vinod Sevan Lal is leading over Janta Congress Chhattisgarh Tribhuwan Mahilang. In Bilha, BJP’s Dharam Lal Kaushik is being given a tough fight by Janta Congress Chhattisgarh’s Siyaram Kaushik.
Jogi’s daughter-in-law Richa is not fighting on a Janta Congress Chhattisgarh and has been fielded by BSP from Akaltara. Her presence, however, has complicated matters for BJP’s Saurabh Singh.