The votes that went to the JCCJ are also important, because they are concentrated around four seats in the next phase, each with a sizeable SC population — Bilaspur, Janjgir, Korba, and some parts of Raigarh.
The three seats of Kanker, Rajnandgaon, and Mahasamund that went to the polls on Thursday are all prestige battles between the BJP and the Congress, and each is currently held by the former, which won 10 of 11 seats in 2014.
Villagers say they may consider boycotting the Lok Sabha election if they are not given assurances soon. Voting for the Surguja seat, which has been represented by the BJP continuously since 2004, is scheduled for April 23.
Jagargunda’s 4,000 residents, in the heart of Sukma, a symbol of the struggle between Maoists and the state where neither wants to cede control, lives in a cage. And with Lok Sabha elections in Bastar on April 11, its politics, as it has been for 15 years, is one of exclusion.
Yogi Adityanath, the man in a saffron robe, has emerged as one of the star campaigners for the BJP in the last few elections. But his speeches in this election making a strong Hindutva pitch failed to get any results.
The big difference between Congress and the BJP after an election result was at display on Tuesday. While after almost every election defeat Rahul Gandhi addressed the media and answered questions about the result, the BJP headquarters fell silent.
Congress President Rahul Gandhi is rightly being credited for the grand old party's victory in three crucial states in the Hindi heartland. But what did he do right? It was not the promise of better governance. Manoj CG explains what really worked.
As they say, timing is key. And an analysis of BJP President Amit Shah shows that before a key event across the border, he has dialed down his ferocious speeches against illegal migrants from Bangladesh.