CHHATTISGARH: With Chhattisgarh expected to witness a triangular contest between the ruling BJP, the Congress and the Janata Congress Chhattisgarh-Bahujan Samaj Party (JCC-BSP) combine, both Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh and JCC’s Ajit Jogi appear confident of doing well in the forthcoming Assembly elections.
While Singh feels the development work carried out by his government will ensure victory, Jogi is banking on the anti-incumbency factor. Singh, though, is confident of beating anti-incumbency despite being in power for 15 years.
“I took out a 12,000-km yatra across 90 constituencies but did not find anti-incumbency anywhere. I instead saw pro-incumbency because the kind of work we have done in the state is something no one had thought of,” Singh claims.
With the JCC striking a pact with the BSP, Singh feels Jogi will have impact on some seats.
“I think the Congress is the main rival of the BJP but in over two-dozen seats, the Jogi-led alliance will be a formidable force. No one should be underestimated,” Singh says.
For his part, former CM Jogi is upbeat.
“Our fight is with the BJP. The Congress has become irrelevant. Our alliance will damage both of them,” he says.