17 Mar 2024

Lok Sabha Election-2024: These issues can increase Congress's tension in Chhattisgarh, how grand old party will counter?

Raipur: Encouraged after registering a big victory in the recent assembly elections in Chhattisgarh, BJP is now trying to defeat Congress on all the 11 Lok Sabha seats of the state. At the same time, Congress is working hard to achieve victory.

Lok Sabha elections-2024 in Chhattisgarh will be held in three phases on 19 April, 26 April and 7 May. Counting of votes will take place on June 4. The ruling party in the state, BJP, is going into the Lok Sabha elections confidently as it claims it has fulfilled the promises made to farmers, women and youth during the assembly elections. Along with these promises, the party also has faith in 'Modi Magic'.

But Congress face many issues that make it weaker and the saffron party stronger. Among them are corruption, welfare schemes by BJP, Ram Temple, among others. 

Corruption a big issue

Top BJP leaders, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union Home Minister Amit Shah and party national president JP Nadda, had targeted the previous Baghel government in the state during the assembly elections over alleged scams related to Mahadev betting app, coal and liquor. These alleged scams are being investigated by the Enforcement Directorate (ED). 

As per its promise, the newly elected BJP government has started action in many cases of alleged scams that allegedly occurred during the previous Congress government regime. Over the past two months, the state Anti-Corruption Bureau and the Economic Offences Wing (EOW) have registered FIRs into alleged scams in coal transportation, liquor trade, District Mineral Foundation and State Public Service Commission recruitment. 

The state government has also announced a CBI inquiry into the alleged PSC scam. Even after the formation of the new government, BJP has continued to target Congress over scams. Responding to the attacks, the Congress has accused the BJP-led Center of misusing central investigative agencies to target political opponents.

Welfare schemes

The newly elected BJP government is claiming that it has fulfilled 'many of Modi's guarantees' (pre-poll promises) in just three months. The BJP government has started 'Krishak Unnati Yojana' to provide 'input subsidy' to the farmers of the state and Mahtari Vandan Yojana to provide monthly financial assistance to women. These schemes will help the ruling party BJP to strengthen its position in the Lok Sabha elections.

Ram temple in Ayodhya

On the occasion of the consecration of Ram Lalla in Ayodhya on January 22, grand rituals, distribution of Prasad and other religious programs were organized in all the temples and various places in Chhattisgarh. The ruling BJP has started the Ramlala Darshan scheme in the state under which it is taking the people of the state on pilgrimage to Ayodhya and Varanasi. This Yatra is especially attracting Hindu voters.


The BJP is alleging that infrastructural development had stopped in the state after the Congress came to power in 2018. The party has claimed that only a 'double engine' government can bring development to Chhattisgarh. 

Leftist extremism

At least eight BJP leaders and workers have been killed by suspected Naxalites in the state in the last one year. Two of these incidents occurred this month (March). The BJP has termed the killings as 'targeted' killings. After these incidents, some BJP leaders also claimed nexus between Congress and low-level Naxalites. During the assembly elections, Union Home Minister Amit Shah had promised to eliminate this menace in the next five years.

The grand old party is also focusing on some issues to counter the saffron party. Among them are rising inflation, unemployment and mining. 

Rising inflation and unemployment

 The main opposition party Congress is continuously targeting BJP on the issue of inflation and unemployment in the state.


For the last several years, there has been protest in the state regarding the allocation of coal blocks in North Chhattisgarh. Recently, Congress joined one such protest in Hasdeo Aranya area and accused the newly elected BJP government of the state of working in the interest of industrialists.

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