AAP is contesting on all 90 constituencies of the state and following its 10-day long ‘Jhadu Chalao-Bhrastachar Bhagao’, a consent has been made within the party to have a tribal candidate for the CM post. The Chhattisgarh has 29 of the 90 seats reserved for the ST. Dr Somnath, Devlal Narethi, Soni Sori, Komal Upendi are major tribal leaders of AAP and also the front-runners for the party’s chief ministerial candidate.
Earlier, Janta Congress Chhattisgarh has declared Ajit Jogi, as chief minister candidate. Jogi holds a massive support in the tribal community of state and has also tied up with Bahujan Samaj Party. But after AAP’s move to field a tribal candidate, tribal votes are expected to get divided between both the parties.
The AAP’s chief spokesperson Uchit Sharma told media “The formal announcement would be made on October 10 in the presence of state party in-charge and a cabinet minister in Delhi Gopal Rai and member of parliament Sanjay Singh”.
“AAP pledges to safeguard the interests of 72 lakh Adivasis of the state. So far they have always been deceived and used only as the vote bank by both the ruling and opposition”, Sharma added.
As per the sources, as all major political parties including BJP, Congress and Janta Congress Chhattisgarh are keen to build their presence among the tribal voters, following that Aam Aadmi Party has also decided to field a tribal candidate for the chief ministerial post.