Who Will Win the Political ‘Cockfight’ in Chhattisgarh?

Who Will Win the Political ‘Cockfight’ in Chhattisgarh?

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Like every other state, Chhattisgarh witnesses Assembly elections every 5 years. But every week in the local markets of Chhattisgarh, proverbial political battles are fought – the cockfights. As part of the special coverage ahead of the state elections, The Quint visited a market near Jagdalpur.

Political parties are all set for the upcoming state elections. Polls will be conducted in two phases for 90 Assembly seats.

Though BJP and Congress are in the limelight in the political battle, Ajit Jogi’s party, an Adivasi favouring party and a party which talks about farmers’ development have jumped into the battlefield. Similarly, several cocks wait outside the fighting ring with their owners to try their luck.

Cock-owner Tangru said cockfights are no different from polls – “whoever wins, rules”.

Battle for Chhattisgarh Gets Tougher After Mayawati-Jogi Alliance

The Mayawati-Jogi alliance will try its best to make the fight tougher for BJP and Congress. BJP has been in power in the state since 2003. Raman Singh has been the chief minister for the last 15 years. The alliance between Mayawati’s Bahujan Samajwadi Party and Ajit Jogi’s Janta Congress Chhattisgarh party will give a tough fight to BJP.

Besides, Gondwana Ganatatra Party, SP, CPI(M), JD(U), Swabhiman Manch and other political parties are also in the fray. 

In the first phase, polls will be held in 12 seats on 12 November and in the second phase on 20 November for the remaining 78 seats.

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