Thursday, 18 July 2024

Congress asks voters in poll-bound Chhattisgarh: Is state ours or Adani’s?

The absence of a face to the BJP’s campaign in Chhattisgarh, despite Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s efforts to keep the focus on himself, has allowed the Congress to project the electoral battle as a struggle to protect the state from the Adani group. Chief minister Bhupesh Baghel has woven a Centre-versus-Chhattisgarh narrative, portraying himself as the victim of a coercive Modi government that has unleashed the Enforcement Directorate and income-tax authorities on him. But he has kept Adani at the centre of the discourse instead of directly targeting the Prime Minister.

Prakarsha Sikdar 30 October 2023

“Should the resources we have be ours or Adani’s? Ab ki karna hai: Chhattisgarh ne bachana hai ki Chhattisgarh ne bechwana hai (What is to be done now: save Chhattisgarh or sell Chhattisgarh)?” He added: “There are two paths: one laid out by Rahul Gandhi, who wants to work for the poor; and one laid out by Narendra Modi, who works for Adani.”

Baghel said the previous Raman Singh government in Chhattisgarh and the Centre had handed over many mines to Adani.

“They are running a vilification campaign against me to somehow grab power and hand over the rest of the natural resources to Adani,” he alleged.

Baghel has built up a voluble campaign around Modi’s alleged plan to hand the Nagarnar Steel Plant in Bastar over to Adani.