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  • SC says it will revisit its definition of 'Hindutva' in the light of growing hate speeches
  • Indigo reduces the flying ban on stand-up comic Kunal Kamra to three months after an inquiry committee finds that it was a Level 1 offense not meriting a 6-month ban
  • Akali Dal MP Naresh Gujral says Delhi Police did not act on his phone call asking them to help 16 people trapped in riot-hit areas
  • AAP councillor Tahir Hussain, booked for murder and arson, says he is being framed
  • New HC bench allows the Delhi Police plea that the situation is no conducive to the filing of FIRs and also allows the Centre to become a party to the case
  • Justice S Muralidhar of the Delhi High Court, who was part of the bench that pulled up the Delhi Police for not filing FIRs against BJP leaders for hate speeches, transferred to Punjab HC
  • Two Special Investigation Teams (SITs) of Crime Branch in Delhi Police have been formed under DCP Joy Tirkey and DCP Rajesh Deo. The teams will immediately take over the investigations of the cases related to northeast Delhi violence. Both the teams will be under the supervision of BK Singh, additional commissioner of police (Crime Branch)
  • Sporadic violence was reported from riot-hit areas in the capital as the intensity of the madness seems to have abated. The death toll has risen to 37
  • Special DG (Training) in CRPF, S N Shrivastava, appointed special commissioner (law & order) in Delhi Police in order to quell the violence. He is also expected to take over as chief of Delhi police once Amulya Patnaik's term ends on February 29
  • Curfew and shoot at sight orders reportedly in force in some areas, but Delhi Police HQ does not issue a notice for the same
  • The Central government has pressed paramilitary forces to control the riots in Delhi
  • Mobs in Delhi target journalists, check them for religious identity and snatch equipment
  • 13 people deal until now in one of the worst spells of violence in Delhi
  • Violence in Delhi shows no signs of abating with fresh areas in the north-eastern part of the capital coming under its grip
  • Delhi High Court says DGCA was wrong in approving the flying ban on stand-up comic Kunal Kamra by airlines other than Indigo for his alleged misbehavior with TV anchor Arnab Goswami aboard an Indigo flight
Delhi Police file a case for murder and arson against Aam Aadmi Party councillor Tahir Hussain. Hussain is believed to have played a role in the murder of IB staffer Ankit Sharma whose body was found in Jafrabad
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Chhattisgarh: Divided Opposition Makes It Easy For BJP

By Sunil Garodia
First publised on 2018-09-25 12:42:28

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Sunil Garodia Editor-in-Chief of indiacommentary.com. Current Affairs analyst and political commentator. Writes for a number of publications.
The Congress party has lost a very good opportunity of unseating the Raman Singh government in Chhattisgarh by ignoring Mayawati to the point that she quickly aligned with Ajit Jogi. Those who manage the party’s affairs in the state perhaps did not do simple voting percentage calculations. Otherwise, they would not have let go of the BSP at any cost. For, the voting pattern in the state shows that very little separates the Congress from the BJP, while the BSP gets nearly 4 to 5% of the popular votes. With Ajit Jogi likely to chip in with 3 to 4% of votes (most of it snared from the Congress), it will all work out to the advantage of the BJP. With opposition votes divided, it will now take a swing of more than 7 to 10 percent away from the BJP to defeat it. If Congress had aligned with the BSP, the task would have been achieved even if all parties latched on to the votes they got in the last elections.

Raman Singh has been chief minister for three straight terms from 2003. The electoral performance of the BJP shows a small increase in support for it in each subsequent election. In 2003, the BJP got 50 seats with 39.26% of popular votes, while the Congress got 37 seats with 36.71% votes and the BSP 2 seats and 4.45% votes. The figures in 2008 were BJP 50 (40.33%), Congress 38 (38.63) and the BSP 2 (6.11), while in 2013 the BJP won 49 (41.00), Congress 39 (40.03) and the BSP 1 (4.30). This shows that while the BJP has not lost vote share, the Congress is catching up in every election. The difference in 2003 was 2.55%, in 2008 1.7% while in 2013 it dropped to under 1%. Theoretically, if Congress and BSP had combined they would have scored an easy victory. But that was not to be and now it seems that Raman Singh will shake off anti-incumbency and romp home to victory.