Raman Singh is a veteran BJP leader and serving Chief Minister of Chhattisgarh since 2003. He is seeking his fourth term as the top boss in the Naxal-affected state. An ENT ayurvedic doctor by profession, Raman Singh was born in Kawardha to Vighnaharan Singh Thakur, an advocate, and Sudha Singh. After completion of schooling, he graduated from Government Science College, Bemetara in 1972. He studied Ayurvedic Medicine at Government Ayurvedic College, Raipur. Singh joined the Bharatiya Jan Sangh as a youth member and was the president of youth wing in Kawardha in 1976-77. He progressed to become a councillor of Kawardha municipality in 1983. He was elected to Madhya Pradesh Legislative Assembly consecutively in 1990 and 1993. In 1999 he was elected to the 13th Lok Sabha from the Rajnandgaon constituency in Chhattisgarh. He served as Union Minister of State for Commerce and Industry from 1999 to 2003 during Atal Bihari Vajpayee government. Singh left the Union cabinet post to become CM of his home state.read more
On May 19, an FIR was registered at the Civil Lines station against Raman Singh, the BJP's national spokesperson Sambit Patra and others for allegedly spreading fake news and “promoting enmity between classes” in the toolkit row.
Former Chhattisgarh Chief Minister and senior BJP leader Raman Singh said he has tested positive for coronavirus on Saturday.
Former Chhattisgarh Chief Minister and BJP leader Raman Singh is likely to be fielded in the coming Lok Sabha elections.
Majority of exit polls earlier had said Congress was likely to get enough seats to form a government in Chhattisgarh.
The party looks set to secure almost three-fourths majority in the Assembly which proves that anti-incumbancy played out in favour of the Congress.
Chhattisgarh Vidhan Sabha Election Results: Earlier, majority of exit polls had said Congress was likely to get enough seats to form a government in Chhattisgarh. But some predicted the BJP would retain the state.
The exit poll shows the Congress lagging behind the BJP with the grand old party getting between 32 to 38 seats.
Elaborate security arrangements including use of helicopters and drone have been put in place for the polls to take place at over 19,000 polling booths and over a lakh security personnel have been deployed.
Raman Singh conceded that the alliance between Ajit Jogi-led Janta Congress and Mayawati-led BSP has the potential to emerge as the third force in the state, adding the combine will have an impact on the poll outcome.
Accusing the Raman Singh government of being involved in corruption, Rahul Gandhi said Prime Minister Narendra Modi has not uttered a word about corruption in Chhattisgarh.
Raman Singh, the longest serving Chief Minister of the BJP, is locked in a direct fight with his former mentor Karuna Shukla, niece of the late Vajpayee.
While Chhattisgarh has traditionally seen a straight fight between the BJP and the Congress, this time a third front comprising Ajit Jogi's Janata Congress Chhattisgarh (J), Mayawati's BSP and the CPI is also in the fray.
Lashing out at the Congress scion, CM Raman Singh said that Gandhi does not know anything about Chhattisgarh and his rallies would not help the Congress draw any significant votes.
Days before the first-phase of voting in Chhattisgarh on November 12, Gandhi also accused Modi and Singh of making "false" and "unfulfilled" promises.
Chhattisgarh Assembly Polls: According to political pundits, the party of the favourite CM candidate is likely to win the polls. This fact becomes even more crucial for Congress as it has failed to field a CM candidate even few days before the polls.
Even as former Congress leader Ajit Jogi has the honour of being Chhattisgarh's first chief minister, Congress has never been elected to power in the state assembly elections. Read on to know the full history of polling in Chhattisgarh.
In the 90-seat assembly, BJP may win 50 (+/-5) seats, while the main opposition party Congress may win 30 (+/- 5) seats, the survey showed.
Will Raman Singh get a record fourth term as Chhattisgarh CM? What impact will the alliance between Ajit Jogi-Mayawati have? Stay tuned for IndiaTV-CNX Opinion Poll from 6 PM.
The process of filing nominations closed on Tuesday for the first phase of the polls. The nominations will be scrutinised on Wednesday and the last date for withdrawal is October 26.
Tuesday is the final date for filing nominations for the first phase of election scheduled on November 12.