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Politics of Chhattisgarh

The present-day state of Chhattisgarh was once a part of Madhya Pradesh. Protests, rallies, associations and demands culminated in the formation of a separate state of Chhattisgarh on 1 November 2000. The unified efforts of the Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party led to the formation of the separate state of Chhattisgarh. The capital of the state is at Raipur.

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), the Congress, and the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) have significant presence in the politics of Chhattisgarh. Gondwana Party also has political presence in the state. Presently BJP is having majority in the legislative assembly, whereas Congress enjoyed a majority in the last term. The Congress and the BJP both have been in the majority once each. They are probably the most influential political parties of Chhattisgarh.

Chhattisgarh has adopted a unicameral legislature, with Governor as the ceremonial head of the state. The Governor enjoys a prestigious position, but the real political power wrests with the Chief Minister and his cabinet. The Chief Minister leads his council of ministers. Dr. Raman Singh is the present Chief Minister of the state. Ajit Jogi was the first Chief Minister of this newly-formed state. Representing the Mahasamund constituency, he enjoyed his tenure of Chief Minister from 2000 to 2003. He is considered a controversial political figure. His name is involved in a political scandal.

Presently the politics of Chhattisgarh is reeling under the influence of armed insurgency by the Naxalites. Naxalites are running parallel governments in the northern and southern parts of Chhattisgarh. They have killed several civilians and police officials in the recent years, through their violent operations. Chhattisgarh was the most Naxalite-affected state in 2006. There goes on a constant struggle between the State Government of Chhattisgarh and the Naxalites. The state is taking a lot of steps to curb the violent influence of the Naxalites, and to provide the people of the state a safe life and livelihood.

Last Updated On: 2011/07/12