The victory of BJP candidate Renuka Singh from Surguja Lok Sabha seat and her appointment as minister of state (MoS) in the central government has blown a new life into the saffron party in the northern Chhattisgarh region.
“Renuka Singh’s appointment as a Union minister is remarkable as after a gap of 42 years any public representative from Surguja region has got place in the Central ministry,” said Abhishek Sharma, an advocate and a district coordinator of the BJP finance cell.
According to Sharma, Renuka Singh has emerged as a locus for the party workers.
“Coming from a tribal background, she is aware of the problems faced by tribal people in Surguja region and being MoS for tribal affairs she could provide benefits to large chunk of tribal populace in Surguja. This would again connect us with the tribal people who were disgruntled with the BJP,” he added.
Interestingly, Surguja has been electing Congress candidates in the state assembly while backing the BJP in the Lok Sabha.
However, Congress workers in Surguja are terming it as a consequence of Modi wave. “Not only in Chhattisgarh but across India the results were not in favor of Congress party. Even the Congress ruled states like Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan could not win seats for the party. So Renuka Singh’s victory is result of the Modi wave,” Alok Singh Youth Congress President Surguja legislative seat claimed.