As Chhattisgarh prepares for the second phase of its Assembly election held tomorrow, and the high voltage electoral campaigns for the second and final phase of the polls came to an end today.
With 70% voting in Phase-1 of Chhattisgarh elections, two of the biggest political parties – the Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) will now wind-up their poll campaigns and has sent their leaders out in the field to make the last attempt to woo the voters. The ruling party BJP is relying on the popularity of current Chief Minister Raman Singh to win the elections and get back to power for another tenure in the state; while on the other hand, Congress is banking on the farmer and rural communities to get hold of another saffron state.
For the last campaign day, PM Modi, union home minister Rajnath Singh and Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath campaigned for the ruling party on Saturday. And for the main opposition, Congress Chief Rahul Gandhi, star campaigners Navjot Singh Sidhu and Raj Babbar addressed election rallies in many areas. BJP has been ruling Chhattisgarh since 2003, counting a total of 15 years or rule and campaigners believe that BJP organisation has weakened due to such long tenure; and with just once face Raman Singh on the front, Congress seems to have better odds when it will come to voters’ decision in the voting booths.
As the election approach, Maoist attacks are expected to rise in the state and the phase 2 of the polls will be conducted under heavy security. This election is considered important as it will be followed by elections in four states – Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Telangana and Mizoram. And the results of all these elections will be seen as the final yardstick of public mood, just before the 2019 Lok Sabha polls.