RAIPUR: With Lok Sabha barely a few months away, the Congress in Chhattisgarh has assigned a task to each of the cabinet ministers with the challenging responsibility to ensure the party wins the constituency that they have been in charge of.
Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel has earmarked the eleven Lok Sabha seats to each of his cabinet colleagues with a resolve that the victory run for the party continues in the upcoming general elections as well.
The Congress which returned to power after 15 years in Chhattisgarh with a thumping majority believes the party will repeat the performance, though the political analysts cited the Lok Sabha elections more as the reaction on the performance of the central government.
"The Congress will again get to assess its political supremacy during the Lok Sabha polls in Chhattisgarh though the party has a definite advantage this time. Many supporters of ex-CM Ajit Jogi's party owing to the internal bickering will switch over to Congress and the BJP is yet to decide under whose leadership the party will fight the upcoming elections", said a political observer Ashok Tomar.
The Congress party has never won more than one out of the 11 Lok Sabha seats with the remaining going to the BJP since 2004 in Chhattisgarh.
"The state ministers have been tasked with a mission to accomplish in their respective areas that the party's electoral gains continues even after six months when the LS polling will be held. Chhattisgarh has always been known as the Congress stronghold but we could win only one seat in every Lok Sabha election the state has seen so far", a Congress minister said and further claimed that the party this time remains better prepared and enthused at the organisational level.
Baghel has asked the ministers to begin focussing in their areas. The Congress has consolidated its position in the tribal belts of south Bastar and north Sarguja besides impressive performance across the plains during the recently held Assembly elections.
The ruling party won 68 of the 90 seats while the BJP could secure only 15 and the Ajit Jogi-led alliance winning remaining seven.
Meanwhile, the BJP which has been scoring 'Perfect 10' in every Lok Sabha in Chhattisgarh has decided to corner the ruling Congress on the declarations it made in its manifesto during the Assembly elections. The BJP leaders are also attempting to pacify the cadres who were initially blamed for the poll debacle.
"People nurture lot of expectations from the Congress and it was expected that the ruling party will carry forward the good works launched by the previous regime. But the government instead of focussing on their poll promises owing to which they returned to power lost its priorities and got engaged into vindictive politics", said the BJP start president Dharamlal Kaushik hinting the party's line of action on targeting the state government.