Chhattisgarh Assembly Polls: CM Baghel Slams BJP, Says 'Divide And Rule' Plan Won't Work

Chhattisgarh CM Bhupesh Baghel's comments came as he was talking to reporters at the Swami Vivekananda Airport in Raipur on Monday evening.

Chhattisgarh CM Bhupesh Baghel

Ahead of the much awaited assembly polls in Chhattisgarh, Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel aunched a scathing attack on BJP while asserting that the BJP's plan of "divide and rule" will not work in Chhattisgarh. CM Baghel also targeted Union Home Minister Amit Shah over his statement accusing the Congress of doing "appeasement" politics for votes in the poll-bound state.

What all did Baghel say?

Talking to reporters at the Swami Vivekananda Airport in Raipur on Monday evening, Baghel said the opposition BJP was left with no issues to raise in the state, where elections for the 90-member assembly will be held in two phases on November 7 and 17.  

The ruling Congress in the state has declared candidates for 30 seats so far.

Speaking at an election rally in Rajnandgaon earlier on Monday, Shah attacked the Baghel government over communal violence in Biranpur village of Bemetara district in April and said the ruling party will continue doing "appeasement" politics for votes if it returns to power in Chhattisgarh after the polls.

Asked about Shah's statement, Baghel said, “Action was taken in the (Biranpur) incident and the accused were arrested. Police have also submitted a chargesheet in the court and compensation has been announced for the victim by the government. They (BJP) are left with no issues to raise. They will speak on only those things in which they have PhD."

On the Union Home Minister's statement to hang upside down those who have committed corruption under the Congress rule, if the BJP came to power in the state, Baghel said the remark amounted to threatening his government.

''What he can do besides this. He was threatening an elected government. He has a PhD in all these things. This is Chhattisgarh where adivasis who follow adi (ancient) culture reside. Followers of (saints) Kabir and Guru Ghasidas live here. People here understand the language of love and brotherhood. The plan of divide and rule will not work here,” the CM said.

"Amit Shah ji wants to scare people and hand over Chhattisgarh to Adani, but he will not succeed in his efforts," Baghel said.