Rahul Gandhi, the leader of the Congress, urged Chhattisgarh’s youth to get involved in politics by joining the Rajiv Yuva Mitan Club on Saturday. The Congress leader spoke at a Rajiv Yuva Mitan Club event in Chhattisgarh’s Nava Raipur, the state’s future capital, and said, “Chhattisgarh is your responsibility, we want you to run it.”
He claimed that the Congress works to bring the populace together and that the Bharatiya Janata Party-led government is responsible for inciting hate and violence across the nation. According to Gandhi, the BJP gave the tribal people the nickname “vanvasi” because they wanted to keep them in the jungle. “We protected the land of tribals. We use the word tribal which means people who are originally the owners of India. You were the first owner of country’s land, you have your right on land and water, he said. “But BJP coined a term ‘vanvaasi’ which has a very different meaning.”
“We want that tribal youths see whatever dreams they have and fulfil it. But they want that you remain in jungle and don’t come out of it. They say you were not the owner of the country earlier, you lived in jungle and should continue living there,” stated the Wayanad MP. Gandhi claimed that the BJP had damaged India’s financial foundation, “upcoming governments of Congress in Telangana and Madhya Pradesh, they will be the government of the poor rather than being the ‘governments of Adani’.”
Deputy Chief Minister TS Singh Deo and Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel were also present. Aimed at the BJP, CM Baghel claimed that the Chhattisgarh government was the only entity preventing Adani from acquiring the state’s mines, “won’t let the state be looted.” Rahul Gandhi’s first trip to the election-bound state comes after the Congress held its plenary meeting in Raipur in February of this year, where Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel also participated.
Elections for the 90-member Chhattisgarh Assembly, as well as those for Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Telangana, and Meghalaya, are scheduled for the end of the year. The Congress won 68 of the state’s 90 seats in the 2018 elections, while the BJP came in second place with 15. The BSP received two seats, and the Janta Congress of Chhattisgarh (J) won in five of the contests.
The ABP-CVoter Chhattisgarh Opinion Poll predicts that the incumbent Congress will keep the state but also predicts a fierce fight from the Bharatiya Janata Party. The poll predicts that BJP will receive 35 to 41 seats, while Congress is predicted to receive 48 to 54 seats and retake power. According to the poll, the Congress will receive 45.6% of the vote, up from 43.1% in 2018, a 2.5% swing. The BJP is anticipated to increase its vote share by 8.1%, from 33.3% in the previous assembly elections to 41.1%.