Raipur: Congress staged a comeback to power in Chhattisgarh after 15 years in style by winning a landslide victory in the assembly polls in the state.
While Congress was leading in 67 out of total 90 seats, BJP was leading in 15 seats, reports reaching chief electoral officer’s office in Raipur last indicated.
As many as nine ministers in the state government were facing defeats, while the chief minister Raman Singh and his two other ministerial colleagues Brijmohan Agrawal and Ajey Chandrakar won the elections from their respective constituencies.
Similarly, Janata Congress Chhattisgarh founder and former chief minister Ajit Jogi won the polls from Marwahi (ST) seat, while his wife Renu who fought on JCC tiket after being denied Congress nomination retained her Kota (ST) seat.
Similarly, their daughter-in-law Richa Jogi who fought the polls from Akaltara (ST) seat as a BSP candidate was leading in the seat, reports reaching the chief electoral officer of Chhattisgarh last said.
The alliance of JCC and BSP was leading in four and two seats respectively.
Congress put up a strong show by recording a share of 43 per cent of votes polled in the elections. BJP secured a share of 32.8 percent of total votes polled.
The JCC-BSP alliance recorded vote shares of 7.3 per cent and 3.7 per cent respectively.
Chief minister Raman Singh tendered his resignation soon after it became clear that Congress was heading for a landslide victory.
Meanwhile, hectic lobbying has begun by chief ministerial aspirants in Congress with the central party leadership to get the coveted post.
The front runner in the race for chief minister’s post were said to be Chhattisgarh Pradesh Congress Committee president Bhupesh Baghel, T.S. Singhdeo and former Union minister Charan Das Mahant....