Chhattisgarh Congress Vice President Joins BJP Amid Polls

As Chhattisgarh voted in the first phase of Assembly elections, Congress Vice President of the state joined BJP.

Chhattisgarh Elections 2018
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Ghanaram Sahu, former Chhattisgarh Congress Vice President joined Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Monday, 12 November in the presence of BJP Chief Amit Shah.

Sahu, on Sunday, 11 November had resigned from Congress party.

About a month ago, senior Tribal leader Ramdayal Uike had also quit Congress to join the BJP.

The Sahu Factor

Reports suggest Ghanaram Sahu was disgruntled for being “ignored” within the party. An Aaj Tak report says, Ghanaram accused Chhattisgarh Congress Chief Bhupesh Baghel and the party’s lone MP from the state Tamradhwaj Sahu of ignoring and harassing the Sahu community.

The report says that he wasn’t entrusted with any responsibility or given any importance despite being the Vice President of the party in the state for five years.

He further accused Tamradhwaj Sahu of nominating himself from the Durg (Rural) seat, even as a women candidate had already filled in Form B in the nomination process.

The Sahu community comprises mostly farmers and small businessmen and constitutes about 16% of Chhattisgarh’s population. In at least 18 of the 90 assembly constituencies, they are about 40% of the electorate, says a Hindustan Times report.

The report suggests that in order to attract Sahu votes and neutralise the infighting between state party Chief Bhuphesh Baghel and state In-charge PL Punia, Tamradhwaj is being projected as the face of the party in Chhattisgarh.

Meanwhile, Chhattisgarh witnessed 56.58 percent turnout till 4:30 pm on Monday, 12 November in the first phase of voting. Total 18 constituencies in the Naxal-dominated areas of the state went to polls in the first phase.

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