The BJP has dominated Chhattisgarh politics for the last 15 years, but now it faces threats from ST discontent, farmer distress and anti-incumbency
New Delhi: Raman Singh, the longest-serving Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) chief minister, who has led Chhattisgarh for 15 years, hopes to extend his run. In a state blighted by poverty and conflict, he has led the BJP to three election victories, adding the state to the party’s Hindi belt stronghold. However, recent events suggest that the BJP’s hold on power in Chhattisgarh could be loosening. The upcoming elections will be a test of BJP’s popularity, especially among the poor and marginalized.