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Chhattisgarh Assembly Elections 2018 HIGHLIGHTS: 74.17% overall voter turnout; second phase peaceful, says EC

Chhattisgarh Assembly Elections 2018 HIGHLIGHTS: With as many as 1,079 candidates in the fray, over 1.54 crore voters, including 77.53 lakh male, 76.46 lakh female and 877 transgender, cast their votes Tuesday.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: November 20, 2018 10:31:42 pm
Chhattisgarh Assembly Elections LIVE: Chhattisgarh Assembly Elections 2018 HIGHLIGHTS: In the first phase, 18 seats in Bastar and Rajnandgaon districts saw polling on November 12, with results for all the 90 seats to be declared on December 11.

Chhattisgarh Assembly Elections 2018 HIGHLIGHTS: Chhattisgarh has recorded 71.93 per cent voter turnout till 6 pm in the second phase of Assembly elections. In the first phase held for 18 seats, the percentage recorded was 76.42. With Tuesday’s polling percentage, the total turnout for Chhattisgarh has been 74.17 per cent, which may go up further, Deputy Election Commissioner Umesh Sinha said in a press conference. In 2013, the total voting percentage in the Chhattisgarh Assembly elections was 77.12.

Although the polling officially closed at 5, those who were still in the line and were given slips were allowed to vote. Tuesday’s election was peaceful and incident-free because of the elaborate security arrangements, said Sinha.

The second and final phase of the Chhattisgarh Assembly elections were held Tuesday for 72 of the 90 seats in the state amid tight security arrangements. With as many as 1,079 candidates in the fray, over 1.54 crore voters, including 77.53 lakh male, 76.46 lakh female and 877 transgender, cast their votes today. While polling began at 7 am in two of the 19,336 booths, the rest followed the usual time of 8 am to 5 pm.

The ruling BJP holds 43 of the 72 seats, with the party sweeping several areas in the Chhattisgarh plains in the 2013 elections. The Congress is confident of consolidating its position and overturning deficits in the plains with farmer anger against the BJP. There is a third element for the first time in a bipolar state, after Mayawati-led Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), former chief minister Ajit Jogi’s Janata Congress Chhattisgarh and the Communist Party of India (CPI) joined hands to contest the polls.

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Chhattisgarh Assembly Elections 2018 HIGHLIGHTS: Second phase of voting for 72 seats took place Tuesday .

19:11 (IST)20 Nov 2018
71.93 per cent voter turnout till 6 pm

A total of 71.93 per cent voter turnout was recorded till 6 pm in the second and final phase of Chhattisgarh Assembly elections, said Election Commission in a press conference.

17:48 (IST)20 Nov 2018
64.8% polls recorded till 5 PM

64.8 per cent polling till 5 pm in second phase of elections in Chhattisgarh says Election Commission. Though polling officially closes at 5, those still in line and have been given slips will vote. Also, bear in mind that data released till 5 pm will have been tabulated a little earlier than that officials say.

In 2013, the total voting percentage was 77.12 per cent. Poll officials estimate final numbers to be around that, or a little higher perhaps.

16:39 (IST)20 Nov 2018
Voter turnout recorded at 58.47% till 4 pm

At 4 pm, the voter turnout in the second phase of Chhattisgarh Assembly elections stood at 58.47%.

15:06 (IST)20 Nov 2018
Chhattisgarh records 45% voter turnout till 2pm

Chhattisgarh records 45% voter turnout till 2 pm in the second phase of Assembly elections taking place on Tuesday.

13:28 (IST)20 Nov 2018
Chief Minister Raman Singh casts his vote
12:42 (IST)20 Nov 2018
Voter turnout at 25.2% till 12pm

At 12 pm, the voter turnout stood at 25.2% as polling for the second phase takes place Tuesday.

11:28 (IST)20 Nov 2018
Chhattisgarh: Congress leaders approach EC over tampering of EVMs
11:02 (IST)20 Nov 2018
PM Modi urges people to go vote

Prime Minister Narendra Modi urged the people of Chhattisgarh to come out in large numbers to exercise their franchise. In a tweet, he requested voters of the state to participate in large numbers in "the festival of democracy".

10:42 (IST)20 Nov 2018
Chhattisgarh assembly elections: 12.54 per cent voting till 10 am

The Election Commission (EC) has said that 12.54 per cent voting has been done till 10 am.

10:34 (IST)20 Nov 2018
Ajit Jogi, son cast their votes in Pendra
10:02 (IST)20 Nov 2018
WATCH VIDEO | BJP vs Congress in Chhattisgarh: Classic election season political talk

With Chhattisgarh in the middle of its two-phase election, let’s look at what BJP and Congress are saying. And, of course, there are promises too. No surprises there.


09:58 (IST)20 Nov 2018
In Chhattisgarh towns, one refrain in poll talk: Where are the jobs?

The meticulously clean room is studiously quiet, the only sound that of pages being turned, or a book being placed gently on a table. The facade of the building is glass and the room completely air-conditioned. At the newly constructed Nalanda Parisar, a first-of-its-kind youth library in Raipur, around 200 students are thankful for this space, and yet it may still not be enough for the BJP. While they all study, most for competitive examinations, it is the lack of jobs that many hold the government accountable for. For while there is camaraderie in the room, there is also an edgy competitiveness, born out of the realisation that their numbers far outstrip the jobs available.

No surprise then that the Opposition Congress and Ajit Jogi’s Janta Congress Chhattisgarh Party (JCCP) have highlighted an unemployment stipend in their manifestos. The move forced the ruling BJP to declare a similar stipend in its manifesto as well. Ranjit Kumar (24) is a BCom graduate from the Ravi Shankar Shukla University in Raipur. As he steps out of the youth tower to get lunch, in his hands are five books that coach students for UPSC, PSC, and a myriad other government jobs.

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09:40 (IST)20 Nov 2018
Reports of EVMs malfunctioning

There are reports of malfunctioning EVMs in a few booths of districts like Raipur, Ambikapur and Ramanujganjas as the second phase of polling takes place. The Election Commission, however, assured that there is nothing to worry about.

09:38 (IST)20 Nov 2018
Visuals from polling stations

Voters line up outside the polling booth in Jamgaon village (Express photo by Dipankar Ghose)

09:30 (IST)20 Nov 2018
Express Explained | Chhattisgarh: after improvement in fiscal position, a sharp decline

A look at the progress of election-bound Chhattisgarh on key parameters shows that its fiscal position, after steadily improving in the initial two years of the incumbent government, deteriorated sharply in 2017-18. From 3.4% of the Gross State Domestic Product in 2014-15, the fiscal deficit declined to 2.1% and 1.4% in subsequent years, before rising sharply to 3% in 2017-18. While the fiscal deficit rose in 2017-18, it has been below the national average of 3.1% for all states combined for three out of these four years.

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09:28 (IST)20 Nov 2018
EC orders removal of Chhattisgarh public relations dept chief

Earlier on Saturday, the Election Commission had asked the Chhattisgarh government to transfer one of its senior officials who was allegedly caught on tape offering money for a sting operation against opposition Congress leaders in the poll-bound state.

The commission has directed that S Rajesh Toppo, secretary and commissioner of public relations in the state government, be transferred from his present post “in context of alleged statements made by him”, a spokesperson said. Toppo was allegedly caught on tape asking a journalist to film a video of Congress members abusing one of their senior leaders.

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08:51 (IST)20 Nov 2018
Chhattisgarh Congress banking on farmer anger

The Congress is confident of overturning deficits in the plains with farmer anger against the BJP, which has not been able to fulfil its promise of Rs 2,100 support price for paddy and Rs 300 bonus over the last five years. Many in the Congress believe that its manifesto will affect voters, with the promise of a loan waiver within 10 days of coming to power, Rs 2,500 support price for paddy, and payment of the bonus.

08:41 (IST)20 Nov 2018
Visuals from polling booths in Chhattisgarh
08:29 (IST)20 Nov 2018
Chhattisgarh: BJP candidate detained last night
08:28 (IST)20 Nov 2018
Chhattisgarh: People line up to cast their votes

Chhattisgarh Assembly elections: Voting today, BJP battles anti-incumbency Raipur: Poll officials collect election material at a distribution centre a day before the second phase of Chhattisgarh Assembly elections, Raipur, Monday, Nov 19, 2018. (PTI Photo)

Meanwhile, the Opposition protested in front of the EC office in Raipur, claiming that the BJP government was using underhand methods to win a losing battle, alleging that a fake letter has been circulated on a Congress letterhead adding conditions to the promises made to farmers, that alcohol and money was being distributed, and that central leaders of the BJP continued to stay in Chhattisgarh even 48 hours before polling. On the question of the fake letter, the EC said that a case had been registered. It said while all central leaders had been asked to leave, the state in-charge of a party has to inform the EC but can stay there.

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