June 10, 2023

The Chhattisgarh Congress committee will help its Jharkhand counterparts to draft the manifesto for the upcoming assembly election, Chhattisgarh chief minister Bhupesh Baghel said here on Sunday.
“We are neighbours, therefore, the Chhattisgarh Congress will help the party here in putting up an effective election campaign,” Baghel said, adding that the party’s poll manifesto was crucial in helping Congress return to power in his home state in 2018.

Notably, Bhupesh Baghel’s statement on aiding the Jharkhand Congress came days after the interim national president of the party, Sonia Gandhi, picked Chhattisgarh minister T S Singh Deo to head the party’s screening committee for the assembly polls.
He said the BJP government in the state has failed miserably on health, education and power and growing resentment among the people against the Raghubar Das government will unseat the BJP from power in the coming elections.
“Congress under the leadership of the new state president, Rameshwar Oraon, will perform well and win a majority of seats,” Baghel, who was in the city on Sunday to take part in a cultural programme, said.
The Chhattisgarh CM said the Raman Singh government lost power because it did not live up to the expectations of people as far as welfare and development measures are concerned. Baghel added that the Raghubar Das government in Jharkhand will also meet the same fate.
He said during Raman Singh’s rule, the area of influence under CPI (Maoist) increased from four districts to 14 districts.
“My government is only eight months old, but during this short period several top naxal leaders either surrendered, got arrested or were killed in operation,” Baghel said.
The CM further said that his government is working to implement the Forest Rights Act.
Baghel said he came to Jharkhand on an invitation to take part in karam festival.
Meanwhile, state Congress president, Rameshwar Oraon, said that the name of the leader of the mahagathbandhan will be announced after the seat-sharing talks between the alliance partners are over.

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