“Finally” Bhupesh Baghel has proventhe mettle of his wonderful leadership

M.H. ZAKARIYA

After formation of Chhattisgarh state, Mr. Bhupesh Baghel is the one who revived Congress Party from the political exile, that too in such a time, when it had lost all its top leadership to naxal conspiracy and attack that took place five years ago.

Kurmi community, which falls under Other Backward Classes (OBC) category in state, is considered to be quite politically influential. This community constitutes 14% of the state’s population. Bhupesh Baghel, who was once known as student of Chhattisgarh’s Political Chanakya -Vasudev Chandrakar, belongs to this politically influential community. Bhupesh continuously struggled with controversies during BJP’s rule in Chhattisgarh, but in public opinion, he was the only leader in Congress party, who had opened front against the government, especially the then Chief Minister Raman Singh.

Recall the time when during his tenure of oppression, Dr Raman Singh had jointly conspired with Jogi Ji to make every possible attempt to shatter the force called Bhupesh Baghel. They stooped to new low trying to misuse their power to destroy evidences and threaten witnesses, who could revealtheir unethical attempt to purchase Antagarh candidate, while Bhupesh Baghel had to go to jail despite being innocent. 

Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) filed FIR not only against Bhupesh Baghel, but also against his wife and his mother. In response to which, Bhupesh Baghel along with his ill mother and wife went to ACB office and surrendered. But none of the tactics of Dr Raman Singh’s oppressive government could stop Bhupesh Baghel. He stood his ground with full might. 

Despite being associated with Congress’ ideology, Jogi family had joined hands with Raman Government to serve their selfish political motives and made multiple attempts to hamper Congress party. But after assembly elections, they eventually learned a good lesson regarding their actual position in the ground reality.

Bhupesh Baghel, along with senior leaders of the party, continued with the movements and demonstrations against corruption, chit-fund companies and farmers-related issues. He also actively raised the issue of PDS scandal targeting Raman Singh and his family. Meanwhile, he had also raised the issue of panama papers, underlining the alleged involvement of Dr Raman Singh’s MP son. The way Bhupesh Baghel revealed alleged corruptions cases of Raman Singh and his family one after the other and the way he openly challenged the bureaucrats, it completely transformed and enhanced the image of Congress party in state, positive impact of which is expected to appear in the results of Lok Sabha elections of 2019. 

After 15 long years, Congress came to power with significant majority of 68 seats in Chhattisgarh, due to the competent leadership, hard work and determination of Bhupesh Baghel, and now for Lok Sabha elections also, the party workers have high hopes on Bhupesh Baghel. On the other side, Bharatiya Janta Party is yet to revive from the crushing defeat of assembly elections and Bhupesh’s traditional rival Ajit Jogi is also going through decline. Post assembly elections, office-bearers and party workers of Jogi’s congress are leaving the party one after the other and joining hands with Congress, which is further strengthening the stand of Congress in Lok Sabha elections. 

Tremendous victory in assembly elections of Chhattisgarh and formation of Congress Government in state has boosted the morale of Congress to a great extent, whereas BJP and Jogi Congress in opposition are still on shaky grounds after the crushing defeat. Because of Dr Raman Singh’s adamancy, internal conflicts in BJP are at peak, further dampening the spirits of party workers. Many of these party-workers are joining Congress, keeping in view the upcoming Lok Sabha elections. 

Considering the leadership quality of Bhupesh Baghel, many prestigious members and party-workers of opposition are leaving the respective opposition parties to accept the leadership of Bhupesh Baghel in larger interest of Chhattisgarh state. At Kisaan Sammelan held in Marwahi- known as Ajit Jogi’s territory, founder members and the members known as pillars of Jogi Congress, including 5 MLAs, took membership of Congress in presence of Mr. Bhupesh Baghel. Moreover, many other strong leaders of Jogi Congress took membership of Congress at Rajiv Bhavan of Raipur. 

After proving his mettle by reviving Congress party from political exile in Chhattisgarh, the first thing Bhupesh Baghel did after becoming Chief Minister was to waiver off the loans of farmers. Farmers took huge sigh of relief, as since last 15 years BJP government had only been making promises. Neither their loans were waivered off nor did they get bonus.  A farmer son understood the grievances of farmers, and fulfilled the promise made in election manifesto by waiving off the loans of farmers within 10 days of formation of Congress Government in state. This was an exemplary decision of Bhupesh Baghel led Chhattisgarh Government, an inspiration for entire country. Now many other states are making similar announcements, and we can say that Bhupesh Baghel has eventually proven his competence as a leader and a visionary. 

 




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