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Chhattisgarh Assembly Elections 2023: Mahadev app, Corruption, Tribals' ‘hand’ slaps Congress. Know why

Chhattisgarh Elections result 2023: The BJP has made a triumphant return to power in Chhattisgarh, defying exit poll predictions.

Chhattisgarh Elections Result 2023: New Delhi: AICC Headquarters wears a deserted look on the day of the results of Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh and Telangana Assembly elections, in New Delhi, Sunday, Dec. 3, 2023. (PTI Photo/Kamal Singh) (PTI)Premium
Chhattisgarh Elections Result 2023: New Delhi: AICC Headquarters wears a deserted look on the day of the results of Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh and Telangana Assembly elections, in New Delhi, Sunday, Dec. 3, 2023. (PTI Photo/Kamal Singh) (PTI)

Chhattisgarh Elections Results 2023: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Sunday staged a triumphant return to power in Chhattisgarh, contradicting the predictions of exit polls that had foreseen a smooth win for the Congress.

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According to the latest trends from the Election Commission, the BJP is ahead in 54 seats, while Congress is trailing with 33 seats. The halfway point in the 90-member assembly is 46 seats.

The Election Commission of India data indicates that the Gondwana Gantantra Party (GGP), Communist Party of India, and Bahujan Samaj Party are each in the lead for one seat—specifically Pali-Tanakhar, Konta, and Bilaigarh, respectively.

Chhattisgarh: Who's leading and winning where | Check details here

Here are the possible reasons why Congress lost Chhattisgarh assembly seats:

1. Mahadev App Case

The BJP has surpassed the halfway mark in the state assembly, with star campaigner PM Modi focusing on accusations of corruption and a job scam against Chief Minister Baghel.

The accusations surrounding Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel regarding the Mahadev betting app have resulted in the Congress' loss in the Chhattisgarh Assembly elections.

Asim Das, the alleged cash courier, who was arrested by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in the Mahadev betting app case told the court that he had been framed as part of a conspiracy and he had never delivered cash to politicians.

Also Read: Mahadev app case: 'Never delivered cash to politicians,' courier retracts statement against CM Bhupesh Baghel

On the day of Das' arrest on 3 November, the anti-money laundering agency said, “Forensic analysis and a statement made by 'cash courier' Das claimed that Mahadev betting app promoters had paid about 508 crore to Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel".

Das was arrested in Raipur following the discovery of 5.39 crore in cash in his possession, as reported by the ED. The ED further stated that he had been dispatched by the promoters of the app from the UAE to deliver a substantial sum of cash intended for election-related expenses of the governing Congress Party.

2. OBC reservation

During the rally in Mungeli, PM Modi pointed out that despite holding power from “panchayat to Parliament" for numerous years since Independence, the Congress had failed to enforce reservations for Other Backward Classes (OBCs).

Also Read: ‘They abused me as I am OBC’, PM Modi targets Congress in poll-bound Chhattisgarh

“The Congress did not give constitutional status to the OBC Commission for decades nor did it implement quota for this segment in medical colleges, but Modi gave people a guarantee to fulfil these demands and did it," the PM asserted.

3. Corruption Charges

At a public gathering in the Kanker district of Chhattisgarh, Prime Minister Modi had alleged corruption in the government led by Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel.

PM Modi had said, “On the contrary, they committed corruption in recruitment (government jobs). They (Congress) turned the state’s PSC into the office of the Congress Committee. Congress recruited their children and relatives."

Also Read: ED reveals 2,000 crore corruption in Chhattisgarh liquor sales

Earlier on October 7, former Chief Minister of Chhattisgarh, Raman Singh, wrote a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi requesting a CBI investigation into alleged irregularities and nepotism in the selection and evaluation procedures of the Chhattisgarh Public Service Commission (CGPSC).

In a strategic move to criticize the Congress government led by Bhupesh Baghel in Chhattisgarh for corruption, the BJP introduced a QR code-named 'BhuPay' on Thursday. This QR code directs users to a website containing details about purported scandals within the state, particularly those involving individuals closely associated with positions of power.

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The website asserts that corruption amounting to several crores has transpired in Chhattisgarh. These alleged wrongdoings encompass liquor-related scams, purported irregularities in the selection process of candidates in the CGPSC, corruption related to rice allocations for the Public Distribution System (PDS), misappropriation of funds under the pretext of Gauthans, involvement in a coal scam, and various other instances.

4. Tribals sidelined

The Congress party faced a setback due to its inability to address vital tribal concerns, particularly regarding the safeguarding of "Jal, Jungle, and Jameen" (Water, Forest, and Land).

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Prime Minister Modi highlighted during a public rally that the coexistence of the Congress and development is not possible. He expressed regret that under Congress governance, tribal communities continued to be marginalized, the needs of the poor were neglected, and the Other Backward Classes (OBCs) were disregarded.

5. Lack of infrastructure developments

Earlier this month, while addressing a rally in Bilaspur, Prime Minister Modi criticized the Chhattisgarh government led by the Congress for purportedly impeding the progress of development initiatives initiated by the Centre.

Accusing the Bhupesh Baghel-led state administration of corruption, he remarked, “Over the past five years, substantial funds were allocated to Chhattisgarh for various infrastructure projects such as roads, railways, and electricity. There were no delays or withholding of funds on our part for the state," he said.

Also Read: Modi guarantees ‘action against corruption’, says PM Narendra Modi in Chhattisgarh

Modi also accused CM Baghel of corruption in multiple domains, encompassing the distribution of liquor and even cow dung, along with the dispensation of rations under the PM Garib Kalyan Yojana.

(With inputs from PTI)

 

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Published: 03 Dec 2023, 04:26 PM IST
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