- Chhattisgarh state was formed on 1st Nov 2000 by combining the 16 districts of Madhya Pradesh.
- The basis of the new state was the districts which mainly spoke the Chhattisgarhi language.
- Chhattisgarh comprises of 5 divisions and 27 districts which are made up of 90 Assembly constituencies. The state accounts for 11 Lok sabha seats and 5 Rajya Sabha seats.
- It is the 10th largest state in India with an area of 135,194 km2 (52,199 sq mi).
- The state accounts for over 15% of total steel production in India.
- The capital of Chhattisgarh is Raipur but New Raipur is set to soon take over as the new capital of the state.
- With population of over 28 million, the state is 17th most-populated state in India.
- The major political parties are BJP and Congress.
Chhattisgarh is set to go for Assembly Polls in 2018 and the results would go a long way in showing the way voters may vote in 2019 Elections. Over the years both Congress and BJP have maintained their vote shares with BJP winning 50 seats each in 2003 and 2008 Assembly Polls and 49 seats in 2013 while Congress has maintained 38-39 seats in these elections. BJP has won last three assembly elections in the state but in all three occassions there was a UPA Govt at the center. This time the state will go to polls with a NDA Govt at the Center.
The state has mostly voted for BJP in Lok Sabha Polls ever since it was formed in 2000. In 2014, BJP won 10 seats while Congress managed just 1. Narendra Modi’s popularity has only increased in past few years and Congress has lost its sheen. There’s no major political opposition party in the state apart from Congress and BSP to some extent so there’s also no question of political parties uniting to fight BJP. Besides one of the main local leaders in Congress, Ajit Jogi, has already left the party in 2016. As a result going towards the 2019 elections, BJP still stands on a firm ground and looks set to win majority of the seats from the state.
Off the 11 Lok Sabha seats, 6 belong to the General category, 4 are reserved for the Scheduled Tribes and 1 seat is reserved for the Scheduled Castes.
Chhattisgarh has a total electorate count of 17,664,520 off which 12,256,962 voters exercised their rights in the 2014 elections, which was close to almost 69.52% voting. The highest voting was recorded from Sarguja (77.96%) while the lowest was from Bastar (59.32%).
211 Candidates took part in the 2014 Chhattisgarh elections and almost 80% lost their deposits! BJPP candidate Vishnu Deo Saifrom Kishanganj got the highest votes (662478), lowest votes were polled by an Independent candidate Horilal Yadav from Raipur who got just 662 votes.