Former Chhattisgarh CM Bhupesh Baghel Contests Rajnandgaon Seat in 2024 Lok Sabha Election

Former Chhattisgarh CM Bhupesh Baghel of Congress contests Rajnandgaon seat in 2024 Indian election, hoping to regain party's foothold in state after recent defeat. BJP accuses Congress of corruption, terrorism, and Naxalism.

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Former Chhattisgarh CM Bhupesh Baghel Contests Rajnandgaon Seat in 2024 Lok Sabha Election

Former Chhattisgarh CM Bhupesh Baghel Contests Rajnandgaon Seat in 2024 Lok Sabha Election

In the 2024 Indian general election, former Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel of the Congress party is contesting from the Rajnandgaon constituency, marking his third attempt at a Lok Sabha seat. Baghel's decision to contest comes after the Congress party's defeat in the 2023 Chhattisgarh state assembly election.

Baghel, who served as the Chief Minister of Chhattisgarh from 2018 to 2023, is seeking to win the Rajnandgaon seat, which he had previously contested in 2014 and 2019 but lost both times. The Rajnandgaon constituency has been a BJP stronghold for three straight terms since 2009, with the Congress last winning the seat in a 2007 bypoll.

Initially reluctant to contest from Rajnandgaon, Baghel eventually gave in to pressure from the Congress party's central leadership. In his campaign, he is focusing on the welfare schemes implemented during his tenure as Chief Minister, which he claims were stalled by the BJP government. Baghel is also emphasizing the need to save the Constitution and highlighting the Congress party's promises, such as the implementation of the M.S. Swaminathan Report and increased wages under the MGNREGS.

The Congress party is hoping that Baghel's popularity as the predominant OBC face in the state and the anti-incumbency against the Modi government and the sitting BJP MP will help him secure a victory in Rajnandgaon. The results of this constituency, along with Mahasamund and Kanker Lok Sabha seats in Chhattisgarh, where voting will be held in the second phase on April 26, are expected to reflect the mood of the farmers in the predominantly rural state.

During the campaign, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath accused the Congress of facilitating guns in the hands of children instead of books and tablets, calling the party the "epitome of corruption, terrorism and Naxalism". Adityanath also criticized Baghel, alleging his involvement in various scams.

Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi has alleged that the Modi-led BJP government at the Centre has intentions to amend the Indian Constitution, thus undermining the rights guaranteed to the people. She has urged voters to exercise their franchise wisely, emphasizing that they have the power to change the government if it fails to meet their expectations.

The 2024 general election will be a crucial test for Baghel and the Congress party, as they aim to regain their foothold in Chhattisgarh after the recent state assembly defeat. The BJP, on the other hand, is banking on the popularity of Prime Minister Narendra

Key Takeaways

  • Bhupesh Baghel of Congress contesting Rajnandgaon LS seat, 3rd attempt
  • Rajnandgaon a BJP stronghold, Congress last won in 2007 bypoll
  • Baghel focusing on welfare schemes, need to save Constitution
  • Yogi Adityanath accuses Congress of facilitating guns, not education
  • 2024 LS polls crucial test for Baghel, Congress to regain Chhattisgarh