Crashing The Party:
- BJP clearly way ahead of rivals.
- If sympathy for Ajit Jogi persists, then Congress may pick up a seat or two.
- Minus Jogi, Congress campaign fast losing steam.
- Judeo’s absence a setback for BJP campaign.
The shadow of Ajit Jogi looms large over the political landscape of Chhattisgarh, despite his physical removal from the electoral scene following a near-fatal road accident last fortnight. Sympathy for Jogi is pitted against a palpable pro-Atal wave in both urban and rural segments. But will the sympathy endure till the polls?
Prayer meetings for Jogi’s quick recovery, candle-light processions, Quran readings, paaths in gurudwaras, posters on his plight and a surfeit of soundbites are all part of the effort to keep Jogi top of the mind for the electorate of Mahasamund, where he battles the hoary but formidable Vidya Charan Shukla. The BJP and its star campaigner, ‘godman’ Pawan Dewan, suddenly find they are bereft of the anti-Jogi plank. After the accident, it has recast its campaign focusing on the Atal...