At 11pm, Congress was en route to winning 68 seats, much more than the range BJP main Amit Shah experienced predicted for the BJP in the state (65).
BJP was lowered to a humiliating 16 seats, its hope that the Ajit Jogi-led alliance of Janta Congress Chhattisgarh, BSP and CPI would direct to a division of opposition votes dashed. Even outgoing chief minister Raman Singh had to battle tooth and nail against Congress’ Karuna Shukla, and at 9.30pm it appeared like his victory margin — if he wins — would fall by half.
Accepting defeat, Singh explained, “I am thankful that folks elected us for 15 years, and made me the chief minister. BJP fought the election beneath my management and I just take moral obligation for the defeat.”
Congress countrywide common secretary P L Punia, who labored tirelessly with PCC main Bhupesh Baghel to revive the party, termed it a “historic win”. “It has reaffirmed the religion that revenue, liquor and other allurements are not able to defeat people’s will. People today have chosen Congress and today’s victory sends out a message that democracy wins in this country,” he stated.
Voters slicing across regions dominated by tribals, Scheduled Castes and farmers swung overwhelmingly in the direction of Congress. The ruling celebration was routed even in point out money Raipur, viewed as a BJP stronghold, with only senior minister Brijmohan Agrawal primary by15,000 votes.
The Maoist-influenced tribal Bastar location in the south, and tribal locations in the north, not only stood with Congress, as in the previous, but also swept absent sitting BJP legislators.
Farmer-dominated constituencies overwhelmingly favoured Congress, attracted by AICC chief Rahul Gandhi’s guarantee of a farm loan waiver within just 10 times, chopping electricity charges by 50 percent and hiking the paddy MSP to Rs 2,500. In distinction to Congress’ distinct promises, BJP’s manifesto was obscure about its options for farmers.
In the rural belt of the central plains, a big paddy place, Congress was main in 37 constituencies, the Janata Congress-BSP alliance in seven and BJP in 13. “Undoubtedly Congress’s manifesto attracted farmers but as the MSP is made the decision by the Centre and is Rs 1,750 for this yr, we want to know no matter if Congress will pay out Rs 2,500 in the on-going paddy procurement. If the assure is not fulfilled, it can surely boomerang on the social gathering,” mentioned BJP spokesperson Gauri Shankar Shrivas.
A majority of senior ministers shed the elections as BJP crumbled beneath anti-incumbency from its 15-calendar year rule. The pattern was very clear from pretty early in the working day, with even the postal ballots going in opposition to the BJP.