Marwahi/Kota (Chhattisgarh):Citing non-development and step-motherly treatment by BJP-ruled Chhattisgarh government to Marwahi and Kota constituencies, Congress leader Ajit Jogi’s wife Renu and son Amit are confident of winning the seats in the polls.
Both mother-son duo are aggressively campaigning in the two constituencies and in the rest of Chhattisgarh to ensure Congress’ return in the state to end BJP’s ten-year rule.
Congress has been out of power in Chhattisgarh since 2003.
Former Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Ajit Jogi’s son Amit is contesting from Marwahi constituency (reserved for Scheduled Tribes), while his wife, who is a member of
Chhattisgarh legislative assembly, is seeking mandate for her econd term from voters of Kota constituency.
Amit, who has undertaken a mass contact programme to woo voters in Marwahi constituency, is quiet confident of ousting BJP government from the state.
“We are confident of winning not only Marwahi seat but other constituencies of the state as well. I am very confident that Congress will win and form its government in the state,” Amit told PTI on the sidelines of his campaign at Pendra, about 140 kms from Bilaspur.
Amit accuses Raman Singh government of betraying people by wrongly claiming benefits given by the Centre to people of states under various welfare scheme.
“Raman Singh government has not done anything for the people of this (Marwahi) area. He has not fulfilled promises of providing free electricity to farmers. Besides, no development work has been taken place in most parts of the state,” he said.
Amit plans to campaign for Congress in other seats as well.
“I will not give more than three days to Marwahi for campaign. I will go to other areas as well. My father (Ajit Jogi) will campaign in 32 seats and I will campaign in about 40 seats across the state,” he said.
Elections in 18 constituencies, most of them in Naxal-infested Bastar region, were held yesterday.
As many as 72 constituencies, including Marwahi (about 170 kms from Bilaspur) and Kota (spread in about 40-140 kms from Bilaspur) will go for polling on November 19.
Amit is contesting from his father’s seat. Ajit Jogi, who is an MLA from Marwahi, is not contesting polls this time.
Ajit’s wife Renu is also busy in campaigning for her party in Kota constituency.
“BJP government is meting out step motherly treatment to people of this constituency. These roads (most of them in bad conditions) were built ten years ago during Congress government (When Ajit Jogi was CM). BJP has done nothing for people of this area,” Renu said, campaigning in Pateratola village under Gaurella block, about 130 kms from Bilaspur.
She said people are becoming aware of schemes being implemented by Congress government at the Centre and misrule by BJP government.
A large number of supporters are attending her meetings.
Another family member of Jogis, Richa Jogi, wife of Amit Jogi, is also actively involved in campaigning for her husband and mother-in-law.
“I am meeting people and informing them about welfare programmes started and being implemented by the Centre for their benefits. Congress will come to power this time in the state with an absolute majority,” Richa said here.
However, BJP candidates from Marwahi and Kota constituencies are also confident of their victory.
“I will win election and Raman Singh Ji will become Chief Minister of the state for third time,” BJP’s nominee from Kota Kashiram Sahu said.
He said people will vote for good governance model being implemented by Raman Singh led BJP government. His views are supported by BJP’s candidate from Marwahi constituency Sameera Paikra.
“We are going to people to inform them about various steps being taken by the government for their benefit. We will win again this time in the state. People of Marwahi will surely elect me,” Paikra said.
Ajit Singh has defeated BJP’s Dhyan Singh Porte in Marwahi constituency by a margin of 42,092 in last assembly elections.
His wife Renu has won Kota seat by a margin of 9,811 votes from BJP rival Moolchand Khandelwal in the 2008 assembly polls.