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Congress will not project CM face in Chhattisgarh

IANS  |  Raipur 

The Congress, which is striving hard to stage a comeback in since it lost power in 2003, will not project any leader as the Chief Ministerial candidate for the 90-member assembly polls next year.

"The party will not project anyone as the CM candidate for the 2018 election," senior leader P.L. Punia, who is the party in-charge for Chhattisgarh, told IANS.

He said the would rely on "collective leadership" for the 2018 polls in the mineral-rich state and the Chief Minister would be picked up by the elected MLAs if the gets a majority.

The 72-year-old Punia, who has planned to make a whirlwind trip of all 27 districts to establish direct interaction with grass-root party cadres, said: "People are fed up with the BJP government's corruption and misgovernance. The has a fair chance of returning to power in 2018."

The was voted out of power in in 2003 when Ajit Jogi headed the party government. Since then, the has struggled in the state to take on the BJP regime.

The received a massive setback in 2013 when its state President Nand Kumar Patel was killed along with 30 others in Bastar by Maoists.

Many in the still say that after Patel's death, no leader in the party in the state has emerged as an acceptable face to all the factions.

The received another blow in 2016 when Ajit Jogi deserted it and floated his own outfit to make the 2018 polls a triangular contest. But political analysts in the state claim that Jogi's desertion was a blessing in disguise for the

--IANS

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First Published: Wed, September 13 2017. 14:56 IST
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