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Los Elections: Congress eyes six seats which are considered BJP strongholds in Chhattisgarh.

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Los Elections: Congress eyes six seats which are considered BJP strongholds in Chhattisgarh.

Raipur. Of the 11 Lok Sabha seats in Chhattisgarh, six are considered strongholds of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the party has not lost these seats even once since the formation of the state in 2000. Congress is confident that it will be successful in breaking the forts of BJP this time, while BJP is confident that it will maintain its victory and also capture other Lok Sabha seats in the state.

These six seats include Kanker, Surguja and Raigarh reserved for Scheduled Tribe candidates, Janjgir-Champa reserved for Scheduled Caste and Raipur and Bilaspur seats for general category. BJP has been winning Rajnandgaon Lok Sabha seat continuously since 2000, but Congress was victorious in the 2007 by-election. This time Congress has fielded former Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel from here.

After separation from Madhya Pradesh, BJP has performed well in both the Assembly and Lok Sabha elections of Chhattisgarh.
The BJP held power in the state continuously for 15 years from 2003 to 2018 and will come to power for the fourth time after winning the 2023 assembly elections.

BJP had won 10 Lok Sabha seats in 2004, 2009 and 2014. Despite the crushing defeat in the 2018 assembly elections, BJP managed to win nine seats in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. Both the parties have declared their candidates for the Lok Sabha elections to be held in three phases in the state on April 19, April 26 and May 7.

To penetrate the six strongholds of BJP, Congress has placed bets on one sitting MLA, two former MLAs, one of whom was also a minister, two new faces and an experienced leader. On Raipur Lok Sabha seat, BJP has replaced outgoing MP Sunil Soni and fielded Brijmohan Aggarwal, an eight-time MLA and minister in the current state government led by Vishnudev Sai. In the year 2019, Soni defeated Pramod Dubey of Congress by a margin of 3,48,238 votes.

The current Governor of Maharashtra, Ramesh Bais, had won on BJP ticket seven times (in 1989, 1996, 1998, 1999, 2004, 2009 and 2014). This time Congress has fielded former MLA Vikas Upadhyay from Raipur seat. Even on Kanker Lok Sabha seat, BJP has not given ticket to outgoing MP Mohan Mandavi and has fielded former MLA Bhojraj Nag, while Congress has fielded Biresh Thakur. Thakur has represented panchayat bodies in the past. Thakur had lost Kanker to Mandavi by a margin of 6,914 votes in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.

BJP has also not given ticket to outgoing MP Guharam Ajgale from Janjgir-Champa seat and has fielded woman leader Kamlesh Jangade as a new face. Former state minister Shiv Kumar Dahria will contest the elections on behalf of Congress. In Surguja, BJP changed its candidate in every election and succeeded in winning the seat. This time former MLA Chintamani Maharaj has got the ticket from this seat.

Congress has fielded its youth leader and former state minister Tuleshwar Singh's daughter Shashi Singh. From Raigarh seat, BJP has given ticket to newcomer Radheshyam Rathiya, while Congress has shown confidence in Maneka Devi Singh. Singh belongs to the politically influential former Sarangarh royal family in the state. There will be a contest on Bilaspur seat between former BJP MLA Tokhan Sahu and outgoing Congress MLA Devendra Yadav.