Janjgir-Champa (Chhattisgarh): Janjgir- Champa, known for its large silk production, may see a triangular fight with Mayawati’s Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) trying hard to make inroads into the tribal state dominated by BJP and Congress.
The constituency, which is represented by BJP’s Narayan Chandel in Chhattisgarh Legislative Assembly, has always been either with Congress or BJP with both parties fielding the same candidates in all the assembly polls.
Janjgir-Champa, which has a number of power plants, is also famous for Kansa (brass metal) besides Kosa Silk.
“Unequal” development in Janjgir and Champa areas, lack of infrastructure such as roads, education and skill development institutes and unemployment are among issues of concern among voters.
BJP MLA Chandel, who is also deputy Speaker in the assembly and hails from Janjgir, has been accused of neglecting Champa, a charge he denies.
“I have been working for the welfare of people. Raman Singh-led BJP government has done a lot for the people of the state.
“I will continue to work for the betterment of people. People of Janjgir and Champa will surely support BJP this time too,” he said.
Chandel defeated Congress’ Motilal Dewangan by 1,190 votes, in 2008 assembly elections. In 2003, Dewangan had defeated Chandel. The seat was previously represented by Chandel, who won 1998 polls, when it was part of undivided Madhya Pradesh.
In 2008 polls, BSP candidate Ravindra Dwivedi got third highest votes in the constituency. BSP had managed to win two seats in 2008 election in Chhattisgarh Akaltara and Pamgarh while BJP secured 50 seats, followed by main opposition Congress with 38 legislators.
“Little has been done for the people of this area,” said Sunita, a weaver. Her concerns were also shared by O P Devangan, a businessman dealing in silk exports.
“The silk industry here needs very many things. People need development here,” he said.
Voters expect their representative to build institutes for professional educations to help them get good jobs.
“There is no good institute in this area for higher and professional education. Youngsters find it difficult to get higher education at an affordable price.
“We need good colleges and training institutes,” said Ram Kumar, who work with a power plant near here.
BSP candidate Amar Singh Rathore is rigorously canvassing in the area after raising people’s problems with concerned government authorities for quiet some time which gained him popularity among locals.
“BJP and Congress have cheated people. They have looted people of this area. There are no roads and unemployment is at its peak. In last 13 years (since formation of Chhattisgarh in 2000), they have not even done 13 good works for the people of this area,” Rathore said while interacting with his supporter in Champa.
“There are five manned railway crossings. People have to wait atleast half an hour for trains. Not a singly flyover could be made in last so many years,” he said.
“People are very angry with both the parties.If I am voted to power, I will not take MLA’s salary,” said Rathore.
Congress candidate Motilal Dewangan, however, is also confident of winning the election relying on the anti-incumbency factor.
“There is no law and order. Goons have made people’s life difficult. There has been no development in the area.
Whatever development you see in this area was done in my tenure as MLA,” claimed Dewangan.
“Nobody has represented for two consecutive term. It is either BJP or Congress. This time Congress is going to win,” said a Congress supporter.
Polling in 72 constituencies, including Janjgir- Champa, is slated for Tuesday.