Chhattisgarh Election Result 2018: Congress dethrones BJP after 15 years, wins 68 seats

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New Delhi | Updated:Dec 12, 2018 1:05:38 pm

Chhattisgarh Election Result: Chief Minister Raman Singh on Tuesday took full "responsibility" for BJP's defeat in the state and tendered his resignation from the post.

Chhattisgarh Election Result 2018Chhattisgarh Election Result 2018: Congress dethrones BJP after 15 years, wins 68 seats

Chhattisgarh Election Result: Chief Minister Raman Singh on Tuesday took full “responsibility” for BJP’s defeat in the state and tendered his resignation from the post. According to the Election Commission’s website, the Congress bagged 68 seats in 90 chairs House while the BJP was restricted to just 15. Ajit Jogi’s Janta Congress Chhattisgarh and the Bahujan Samaj Party won 7 seats.

The eight BJP ministers who lost their seats are Amar Agarwal, Prem Prakash Pandey, Kedarnath Kashyap, Rajesh Moonat, Ramsewak Paikra, Dayaldas Baghel, Bhaiyalal Rajwad and Mahesh Gagda. Home Minister Ramsewak Paikra in Raman Singh-led government, which faced defeat in the state where the BJP was in power for the last 15 years, lost Pratappur seat to Congress’ Premsai Singh Tekam.

Culture and Tourism Minister Dayaldas Baghel lost Navagarh seat to his nearest Congress rival Gurudayal Singh Banjare. Commercial Tax and Urban Development Minister Amar Agarwal faced defeat at the hands of Congress’s Shailesh Pandey in Bilashpur constituency, while Higher Education Minister Prem Prakash Pandey lost Bhilai Nagar seat to Congress’ Devendra Yadav. Tribal and Scheduled caste Minister Kedarnath Kashyap lost Narayanpur seat to his Congress rival Chandan Kashyap, who bagged 58,652 votes and secured victory with a margin of 2,647 votes, while Public Works Department Minister Rajesh Moonat was defeated in Raipur West seat by Congress’s Vikash Upadhyay. Labour and Sport Minister Bhaiyalal Rajwade lost Baikunthpur seat to his Congress rival Ambika Singh Deo, while Forest and Law Minister Mahesh Gagda was defeated in Bijapur seat by Congress’ Vikram Mandavi. The BJP, however, had denied ticket to Women and Child Development Minister Ramsheela Sahu. Ajay Chandrakar, Brijmohan Agarwal and Punnulal Mohle won from their respective seats.

Around 76.35 per cent turnout was recorded in the two-phase polls held on November 12 and 20. It was a little less than the previous 2013 polls when 77.40 per cent of voters had exercised their franchise. In the last Chhattisgarh Assembly election, the BJP had won 49 and Congress 39, while one seat each was bagged by the BSP and an Independent.

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"I have submitted my resignation to Chhattisgarh Governor," Raman Singh said. He said he accepts responsibility for BJP's poll performance in Chhattisgarh, adding "we (party) will sit and introspect". He refused to pass the buck on the BJP's national leadership over the setback after 15 years of the party's rule in the state. "The election was solely contested on state agenda and it is not related to Delhi. We will sit with the party workers and analyse the defeat in detail." "This will not reflect on the Lok Sabha election scheduled in 2019. The issues for Lok Sabha are different and election will be contested on those issues," he said. "It is time to work in a new role for Chhattisgarh. We will work with full vigour," Singh said.

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Elections were held across the 90 Assembly segments. Among the 90 assembly seats, 51 are for general category, 10 segments are reserved for Scheduled Castes and 29 are reserved for Scheduled Tribes. In the incumbent assembly House, The BJP has 49 seats, the Congress has 39, while one seat each was bagged by the BSP candidate and Independent.
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