New Delhi: Janata Congress Chhattisgarh (JCC) party chief Ajit Jogi on Saturday ruled out any support to Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and said that JCC and Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) alliance is capable of forming a government in the poll-bound state. Ahead of the second phase of the election, all leaders of the major political parties are busy addressing rallies in the state. Also Read - Must Watch | After 'Kamal, Kamal', BJP Leader's Breathless 'Corona Corona' Chant Goes Viral
Talking to media, Jogi said, “Neither will I extend support to BJP nor take support from them. Our alliance (Janta Congress Chhattisgarh and BSP) is capable of forming a government.” Also Read - AAP MLA Raghav Chadha Claims UP CM Yogi Adityanath Getting Migrants 'Thrashed'; Cops Register FIR
However, this is not the first time he has made such a statement. Earlier on November 9, Ajit Jogi had said he is confident of becoming the next chief minister of the state and was equally determined that Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) leader Mayawati is most suitable for becoming the prime minister.
Ajit Jogi served as the first chief minister of Chhattisgarh in 2000 and has been an Indian Police service (IPS) and Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer. He became a Rajya Sabha member in 1986. He quit Congress in 2016 after being in the party for around three decades. Weeks later, he formed his own party, the Chhattisgarh Janata Congress party.
On Friday, Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati had called BJP and Congress ‘Naagnath’ and ‘Saanpnath’ (snakes). She had said that she would prefer to sit in the opposition rather than forging an alliance with them in Chhattisgarh Assembly Election 2018. She had also asserted that her alliance with Ajit Jogi’s party would get an absolute majority.
Notably, the former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister’s statement to a news channel comes a day after her alliance partner Ajit Jogi said that he will not rule out anything, even a tie-up with the ruling BJP in the Chhattisgarh. “In politics, you can’t rule out anything. Anything can happen,” Jogi had said on a TV Show when asked if he would take support from the BJP if it came to that in Chhattisgarh.
This time, the coalition between Mayawati-led Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), former chief minister Ajit Jogi’s JCC(J) and the Communist Party of India (CPI) has added another dimension to the electoral politics of Chhattisgarh which is generally a two-way fight between the BJP and Congress.
Of the 18 seats going to polls in the first phase, 12 are reserved for the Scheduled Tribes (STs) and one for Scheduled Caste (SC) category.
The second phase of polling in 72 seats, out of the 90-member Assembly, will be held on November 20. Counting of votes will take place on December 11.