Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel has received major boost as the ruling party has swept into civic body polls results for which were announced a couple of days ago.
The civic poll outcome has bolstered the Congress party and the Chief Minister but it has left the opposition BJP with much to ponder over with deep introspection ahead of the mega clash in the year 2013 when the state is due for assembly polls, believe political observers.
It was no less than a shocker for the opposition BJP as the ruling Congress won all the six Nagar panchayats, four out of five municipal councils, and two out of four municipal corporations out of the 15 civic bodies which went to polls on Dec 20. Even at two municipal corporations, the Congress is only slightly away from the majority and it could well woo independents to storm into power, sources said.
To add, the BJP had earned a consolation win at Jamul Municipal Council, meanwhile, in Khariagarh both the parties received 10 seats each.
Congress ministers Ravindra Chaubey, Anila Bhedia, and Tamrdhwaj Sahu who were handling poll duties heaved a sigh of relief with the comforting win in the parties. Meanwhile the results, many believe, could force BJP high command to rethink its overall strategy.
Going into polls, CM Baghel had said that the party is going among the public with the works and achievements and the results somehow have endorsed his rule. Mohan Markam, the CGCC head after the win said that the public seems satisfied with the works and initiatives of the Baghel government in the last three years. The party managed to put forward an impressive show from Bastar to Sarguja and also in the plains, Markam said.
CM Baghel who is busy helping out the party put up an impressive show in UP, hailed the poll in charges, workers, and the candidates. Barring one or two places, the BJP could not even get closer to the Congress party, he added saying this was despite their state in charge overseeing the civic polls personally.
With inputs from News18