Trouble brews in Chhattisgarh Congress after pollsApril 20th, 2009 - 2:16 pm ICT by IANS
Raipur, April 20 (IANS) Elections to all of Chhattisgarh’s 11 seats ended Thursday, but trouble within the Congress party in the state has begun after the polls as its election coordinators have accused at least two dozen legislators of deliberately staying away from the campaign.
According to party insiders, the Congress state election campaign committee members met at a hotel here Saturday and traded charges as several poll coordinators sought disciplinary action against two dozen party legislators, who had either skipped campaigning on the pretext of poor health or had a tacit understanding with the rival Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
“A majority of the party’s Lok Sabha candidates too endorsed the views of the coordinators that they failed to get the desired support from local legislators and that had affected their efforts to reach out to voters,” a party source told IANS.
“Now it is up to the state election campaign committee head Vidya Charan Shukla how to perceive the issue,” the source added.
The Congress has 38 members in the 90-member state assembly.
Though Congress leaders claim the party is set to bag six Lok Sabha seats out of 11, some leaders privately admit that the party’s assessment indicates that it may get just two seats, mainly due to the legislators staying away from the campaign.
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