No incumbency in rural Chhattisgarh: Raman Singh

April 30th, 2008 - 8:34 pm ICT by admin  

Raipur, April 30 (IANS) The Chhattisgarh government’s 10-day drive through villages to assess peoples’ problems and their quality of life ended Wednesday on a note of relief for Chief Minister Raman Singh, who said he did not find any anti-incumbency in any part of the rural region. The drive began April 21. Raman Singh visited all the 18 districts of the state and held talks with the locals to gather their views on the working of welfare schemes at grass-root level and their expectations from the Bharatiya Janata Party government.

Almost all the 9,820 panchayats were covered during the ten-day drive, and lists were prepared about “what could be done for the rural villagers for their economic prosperity”, an official said.

“Rural masses have given encouraging response to the drive and most importantly, we did not find anti-incumbency feeling in any part of the state against the government,” Raman Singh told reporters Wednesday.

All the 12 ministers visited rural regions, including the araes dominated by Maoists, to gather peoples’ views on the government that came to power in Dec 2003.

Observers say the drive was aimed at wooing rural voters as the BJP is desperate to retain power in the 90-member assembly. The polls are due by November.

Around 85 percent of the state’s 20.08 million population lives in rural hamlets.

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