The coming assembly elections in Chhattisgarh might once again emerge as a direct contest between the ruling BJP and the Congress. Both the parties are yet to announce their candidates. While the BJP has declared to fight the election under Chief Minister Raman Singh, the Congress is yet to announce any such decision.
Chhattisgarh is going to polls for 90-member assembly in two phases, primarily due to Naxal threats. The Congress has targeted the BJP government on the same issue. Former Congress Chief Minister Ajit Jogi said the failure of the state government to restrain the Naxal menace left the Election Commission (EC) with no choice.
The role of smaller parties like the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) is not as significant this year as it was in the 2003 assembly elections when veteran leader Vidya Charan Shukla led the party and was instrumental in dislodging the Jogi government. Political analysts, however, feel the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), which won two seats in the previous elections, could make its presence felt this time. The CPI, which has decided to contest around 20 seats, has an influence in the Bastar region.