Chhattisgarh bears only three major parties at play- the Congress, BJP (Bharatiya Janata Party) and the BSP (Bahujan Samaj Party). Given the state’s elections will be held at the end of 2018 along with Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan, the three parties are busy making plans to secure seats.
While it is known that there is a possibility of an alliance between Congress and BJP in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh, the effect of an alliance between the two parties might be the maximum in the state of Chhattisgarh. While Congress must devise more strategies to win the hearts of the people of those two other states, a minimum effort from the party might bring them into the majority in Chhattisgarh.
The reason for this is that the difference in majority between Congress and BJP in 2013 elections is less than 1%. The Congress- BSP vote share in Chhattisgarh exceeds that of BJP in the state and the alliance might easily bring victory to these political parties if they play their cards right.
Both Congress and BJP are now in play to woo the tribal leaders to vote for them. Narendra Modi had visited the Chhattisgarh state for a rally in April and Congress President Rahul Gandhi addressed two rallies in Surguja and Bilaspur last month. While both the parties are confident to gain the tribal leaders’ vote, the 2013 elections saw a shift in the tribal votes from BJP to Congress. However, this shift did not affect the BJP majority but there is certainly doubt that this will hold up in this year’s elections. With this shift and the possible alliance between Congress and BSP might give out a different output in this election.