The Unexpected Rout
Organiser   18-Dec-2018

Chhattisgarh is perhaps the most shocking results, even for the winning party. Nobody predicted the 10 per cent margin and a clean sweep for the Congress. The faceless Congress went to the polls with populist soaps and Ajit Jogi, the former Chief Minister, forming a separate front with Mayawati, presented new equations for the voters. The 15 years old anti-incumbency is clearly visible despite many path breaking schemes and infrastructure initiatives by the Raman Singh Government. Here also, BJP lost miserably in the Central Belt, again showing the trend of anti-BJP consolidation in favour of Congress. Everybody expected the Jogi-Mayawati alliance to dent Congress more but on the ground BJP voters seems to have shifted toward the third option.