With both the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and principal opposition Congress apprehensive over anti-incumbency against the sitting Legislators, the search of new faces has provided opportunity to the people from different walks of life including government officials and professionals to go ahead with their political aspirations.
However, it is the bureaucrat-turned politician Ajit Jogi who is in the receiving end with the strong political aspirations of his protégés who have in the recent past in the bulk returned to Congress-fold after being left to feel that they have no opportunity to contest elections in the next Legislative Assembly elections. Several of his key aides line youth icon of the party Vinod Tiwari, OBC leaders like Dwarika Sahu and Dr Chandrika Sahu from Abhanpur constituency, Parmeshwar Sahu from Baloda Bazar segment and Ravi Manav from Rajnandgaon have ditched him to cherish their political aspirations.
But scenario is somehow different in the principal opposition Congress party as aspirations to contest from Scheduled Caste reserved seat of Bilaigarh has created fissure between two heavy-weights i.e. the Chhattisgarh Pradesh Congress Committee (CPCC) Working President Dr Shiv Daharia and former Parliamentarian PR Khunte who are involved in tug –of-war for party ticket from the reserved seat.
Anti-incumbency has attracted former IPS officer RC Patel to join the Congress fold whereas DSP rank officer Vibhor Singh quit his government job with an eye to fulfill his political aspirations. Singh is among the probable for the Congress ticket as he had been associating with the Student’s Wing during his college days. Similarly, the leading Physician from the Raipur City Dr Rakesh Gupta too is all out against the state government on key issues and is vying for the Congress ticket from Raipur North Legislative constituency in the upcoming elections.
List of people aspiring for political career is all set to grow further as a technocrat has quit his government job whereas few others are expecting green signals from the key persons from the two main political parties before they take a call on their future.
Apart from the current incumbents, few retired bureaucrats too are aspiring for political career but with scenario not favourable for them, are hesitating to make their aspirations public.
Things are equally difficult in BJP as aspirations among key members of Organization to contest the upcoming elections has resulted in headache for the think-tanks who have different views and have already their own strategy to return back to power.