The Hindu

BJP, Cong. go all out to win Birgaon civic poll

- PAVAN DAHAT

RAIPUR: Birgaon town of Chhattisga­rh on Saturday witnessed a rare spectacle of Chief Minister Raman Singh, accompanie­d by his huge cavalcade and security guards, traversing the streets of the town seeking votes for his party candidate.

The Chief Minister was not alone, almost half of the Chhattisga­rh Cabinet was in the town on Saturday.

“The atmosphere is like that of State Assembly election or Lok Sabha polls,” said Mangatu Ram, a tea stall owner.

Mr. Raman Singh and his Cabinet colleagues were appealing to the people of the town to vote for BJP candidates in 40 wards of Birgaon that would go to the polls on November 16. After suffering an embarrassi­ng defeat at the hands of the Congress and independen­ts in the civic and municipal elections earlier this year, the ruling BJP seems to be taking the Birgaon civic elections very seriously.

Charismati­c leader leads the charge

A powerful Minister in the Raman Singh Cabinet and a rare mass leader in the State BJP, Brujmohan Agrwal, was deputed by the CM for the civic election.

Mr. Agrawal and PWD Minister Rajesh Munat have been camping in Biragaon for over a week now. BJP MP from Raipur Ramesh Bais, Health Minister Ajay Chandrakar and senior Minister Prem Prakash Pande campaigned hard in all the wards.

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