Chhattisgarh Congress Vice-President quits hours before polls, expected to join BJP

In what could be considered a major blow to the Congress party, their Chhattisgarh unit Vice President, Ghanaram Sahu resigned a day before the state went for the first phase of the assembly elections on Monday. He submitted his resignation to Chhattisgarh Congress President, Bhupesh Baghel and is expected to join BJP soon.

In a letter reported by Republic TV, Sahu lashed out at the State President, Bhupesh Baghel and OBC wing head Tamra Dhwaj Sahu, accusing the latter of having an-anti woman stance. This is not the first instance of a Chhattisgarh Congress leader quitting party in recent memory.

Last month, Chhattisgarh Congress’ working president Dam Dayal Uike had quit Congress and joined the BJP. Uike is considered one of the influential leaders in the tribal regions.

Sahu has been a three-time MLA, of which two times he had fought on Congress ticket. Sahu had won elections as an independent candidate in 1972 and became a Congress member in 1977 and fought elections on Congress ticket which he won by 11,000 votes. In 1998, he was again given ticket from Congress which he won by 9,000 votes. However, he lost elections on Congress ticket in 2003 and 2008 from Gunderdehi constituency. He had been asking for a ticket from Gunderdehi constituency for 2018 but he had not filed his nomination.

Chhattisgarh goes to voting for the first phase tomorrow, 12th November and second phase will take place on 20th November. The counting will take place on 11th December along with the other four states, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Mizoram and Telangana.