Chhattisgarh assembly polls which are scheduled for November 2018, has become a hot spot in political circles. Earlier, in 2013 Congress and BJP both were the main contenders in assembly polls, however, equations have changed this time (2018) and Chhattisgarh is ready to witness a triangular contest, after the formation of Janta Congress Chhattisgarh.
Chhattisgarh has around 32 % tribal people of the 2.5 crore population in the state and incumbent BJP and main opposition party Congress, both lack any prominent tribal face in their respective parties.
Conversely, Janta Congress Chhattisgarh led by former chief minister Ajit Jogi, who is considered as the leader of the tribal community in state and nation too, have collaborated with another Dalits and minorities favoured group, Bahujan Samaj Party.
The triangular contest is totally evident in the state, as Ajit Jogi has played its cards well and his tie-up with Mayawati has provided an extra-advantage to Janta Congress Chhattisgarh.
Earlier, tribals were considered as Congress vote bank, but after 2003 when Raman Singh came into power, tribals gradually started inclining towards BJP and currently, the situation is really tough for both BJP and Congress, as Janta Congress Chhattisgarh and BSP both are receiving a positive response from tribal belts of Chhattisgarh.
As per the political experts of Chhattisgarh, tribal community plays a big role in government formation in state and all the three major contenders including BJP, Congress and Janta Congress Chhattisgarh are busy in wooing tribal communities.
BJP, which is cashing on its development model, while Congress is claiming anti-incumbency in state and Janta Congress Chhattisgarh along with BSP, who has already declared Ajit Jogi as its chief ministerial candidate, is trying to woo majorly tribal votes, all these contenders have already accepted that this time it’s a triangular contest in Chhattisgarh.
BJP has asserted that party would achieve the target in the triangular contest, following division of anti- BJP votes, particularly among the reserved castes, while Congress, has stated that the Janta Congress Chhattisgarh & BSP alliance would dent BJP.