Congress to form next government in Chhattisgarh: PL Punia

PL Punia
New Delhi, June 4 (IANS) The Congress has started talks with the BSP for a possible pre-poll alliance for the upcoming Madhya Pradesh assembly elections but no such move has been initiated in Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh where polls are also slated for the year end, say party leaders. Party sources say informal talks were underway to find a common ground with the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) in Madhya Pradesh, while a state party leader said that all efforts are being taken to prevent division of votes of anti-BJP votes. BSP had polled 4.29 votes in Madhya Pradesh in the last election. However, Rajasthan Congress chief Sachin Pilot told IANS that no such discussions with BSP or any other party have taken place as far as the state is concerned. AICC in-charge of Chhattisgarh P.L.Punia told IANS: “No discussions have taken place on the alliance so far. There is no such proposal. You must have seen in the ‘Sankalp Shivirs’ that we have initiated, we are preparing ourselves for all the 90 seats in the state. There is nothing as of now (on the alliance).”

Raipur, Oct 6: Chhattisgarh Congress in-charge PL Punia on Saturday said that they will form next government in the state.

“When Election Commission went to Raipur, Congress suggested single-phase election but BJP suggested 2-phase election”, he told ANI.

The Congress leader also alleged that this decision(2-phase election in the state) has been taken to allow misuse of power. But we trust people&they trust us. We will form the next government here.

His reaction comes soon after, the poll panel announced two-phase election dates for the 90 seats of the Chhattisgarh Assembly on November 12 and November 20.

Addressing a press conference here, Chief Election Commissioner O.P. Rawat said: “In the first phase, 18 constituencies of the southern part of the state, which are Naxal affected areas, the elections would be held on November 12.

“Voting for the rest of the 72 Assembly constituencies would take place on November 20.”


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