Another factor, which distinguishes Chhattisgarh from Uttarakhand and Jharkhand, is that it doesn’t have political instability like that of the other two states.

It needs to be mentioned here that Jharkhand has this dubious distinction of coming out with fractured mandates.

One of the major characteristics of Chhattisgarh voters is that they don’t get swayed by the tall claims and promises of regional parties and often repose faith on the national parties. That way, they never allowed any regional party to strengthen their hold and often encash on to politics of opportunism.

In fact, Chhattisgarh has set up a wonderful precedent of good governance and presented a model of coming up with a clear mandate before other states.

Though Uttarakhand, Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh were formed in 2000, Jharkhand has witnessed change in guard for nine times in the past 14 years. On top of that, the state was also under President’s Rule on three occasions.

Similarly, Uttarakhand also saw eight governments being formed in the past one and half decade. However in Chhattisgarh, Ajit Jogi-led Congress government was in power for the initial three years and then Raman Singh-led Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) remained at the helm of affairs for most of the times.

Chhattisgarh Health Minister Amar Agrawal says that regional parties are responsible to a large extent behind the instability as they have no credible identity of their own. He also said that regional emotions play an important role behind the evolution of such parties and the people of Chhattisgarh don’t get swayed by such regional feelings.

Chhattisgarh Small and Tiny Industries Association secretary Harish Kedia says that though regional satraps like Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), Samajwadi Party (SP) and Chhattisgarh Swabhiman Manch (CSM) tried to make their presence felt, the voters never supported them.

The CSM was floated by Tarachand Sahu after snapping ties with the BJP and he also tried to bring the NCP, LJP and SP in a bid to constitute a third front in the state.

But ironically, Tarachand’s son Deepak dumped his father’s party and jumped into the BJP bandwagon.

It’s being said that Chhattisgarh was created in such a clinical manner that it left no scope for any section of society to sit disappointed and this never led to harbouring of any regional feelings in the mind of people.

RN Singh, principal of Digvijay College in the VIP constituency of Rajnandgaon says that the people of Chhattisgarh are very simple and easy-going and they never get influenced by caste and community-related factors. He also said that it’s mainly due to this very reason, the people always elect a stable government.

Similar to the trend seen in assembly elections, the people of Chhattisgarh deliver a clear mandate during the Lok Sabha polls as well and only one party emerges as the clear winner.

When Chhattisgarh was not formed way back in the 90s, the vote share of this region often used to make its way to Congress’ kitty. Things have, however, changed in the past two decades and a major drift has been seen towards BJP.

(JPN/Bureau)

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