Chhattisgarh CM to be elected like Sita's 'swayamvar': Congress leader
Like Goddess Sita chose Lord Ram, the Chief Minister's face of the Congress will be elected through 'swayamvar' after the Assembly elections, Chhattisgarh Leader of Opposition TS Singh Deo said. He said the Congress party, which has been out of power in the state for the past 15 years, will form the government in the same way Lord Ram ended 'vanvaas' after 14 years.
Raman Singh wasn't the declared Chhattisgarh CM candidate, says Deo
Deo said Chhattisgarh CM Raman Singh was not declared the Chief Ministerial candidate in 2003. "Where was Yogi Adityanath face in UP election? They (BJP) did not have any face. They also did Swayamvar. Yahan bhi ho jayega (It will happen here too)," Singh Deo said. He said it is not like that people are not seeing who all are the Congress leaders.
Raman Singh, longest-serving Chief Minister of BJP
Citing instances of corruption in BJP-ruled government in the state, Deo said the Congress will definitely win the upcoming elections. Raman Singh, who is the longest-serving CM of BJP, is ruling Chhattisgarh since 2003. Polls for 90 Assembly constituencies in Chhattisgarh are slated to be held in November-December this year. Deo said his party is ready to form an alliance with other parties.
Why leaders of like-minded parties think of alliance, explains Deo
"If you say anything against the government then you are anti-national. If this is going to be the atmosphere in the country, it is not only tragic but something major needs to be done to check it," Deo said. He said that is the reason why all senior leaders of the like-minded party in the country are thinking of coming together.
We won't form alliance with Ajit Jogi's party, says Deo
"But, we are talking to all like-minded parties except Ajit Jogi's Janta Congress Chhattisgarh," Singh Deo said. "While being in the Congress he was working against the Congress. 'Ghar ka bhedi lanka dhaye' wali jo kahawat hai (internal saboteur causing harm). He was sabotaging and weakening the party from within. So it is good for Congress (not to form such alliance)," Deo added.
Modi will be a much lesser factor in polls: Deo
Deo said Modi will be much lesser factor than he was in 2013. "The situation which existed in 2013 (Assembly elections) does not exist today. The graph has fallen considerably today," Deo added.