Union Territories

Chhattisgarh Legislative Assembly

The Chhattisgarh Legislative Assembly was formed in the year 2000. The state of Chhattisgarh was formed on November 01, 2000 as a response to the demand for Separate Statehood made way back in 1925 and which was rejected in 1954 by the State Reorganization Commission Setup. The "Madhya Pradesh Reorganization Act 2000" was approved by the President of India on August 25 and in the same year Chhattisgarh was made the 26th state of India.

The Chhattisgarh Legislative Assembly is allowed to accommodate 90 members. The 1st session of C.G.L.A. continued from 14 December, 2000 to 19 December, 2000 in the Jashpur hall of Rajkumar College, Raipur. After that, the assembly was shifted to Vidhan Nagar on Raipur-Balodabazar Road near Baroda. The 2nd session of the 1st Chhattisgarh Assembly started on February-April, 2001 and that continued for 53 days. The Chhattisgarh Legislative Assembly has completed its 14th session in Feb- March 2008 and that continued for 21 days.

Bharatiya Janata Party is surely enjoying a leading position with 52 seats in the assembly followed by Indian National Congress with 34 seats and Bahujan Samaj Party and Nationalist Congress Party with 1 seat each. One seat is still reserved for the nominated member excluding the two vacant seats.

The chief minister of Chhattisgarh is Dr. Raman Singh. The governor of the state is Shri Ekkadu Srinivasan Laxmi Narasimhan. Prem Prakash Pandey is the house Speaker. The Deputy Speaker is Badridhar Deewan. Mahendra Karma is the leader of the opposition party in the Chhattisgarh Legislative Assembly. Shri Devendra Verma is the office Secretary. The next polls are coming up in 2008 where 80 legislators are to be elected as it has been announced by the Election Commission of India. The dates are yet to be finalized.

The last Assembly Election in Chhattisgarh was held in the year 2003 and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) under the leadership of Dr. Raman Singh turned out to be the winner. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) also won the by-elections from Malkharoda and Khairagarh constituencies where they faced a tough competition with Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) and Congress respectively.

In the assembly by-elections Komal Janghel of BJP defeated Padma Singh - Congress nominee in Khairagarh. Nirmal Sinha defeated Lalsai Khunte of BSP in Malkharoda. In the last Chhattisgarh Assembly Elections BJP was winning by 1,200 votes after the second round at Khairagarh. In 2003, Congress had won in a similar situation.

The BJP has called for a meeting on June 19 expecting another victory in the 2008 assembly elections. The meeting will also focus on a performance review of the 12 ministers headed by the Raman Singh government and a reshuffling is also on the cards if the review results are not satisfactory.