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Chhattisgarh elections highlights: Polling for 18 constituencies ends

Chhattisgarh elections highlights: Minutes before polling began, an IED was detonated in Dantewada district by Naxals. Moreover, two CRPF personnel were injured in a gun battle with the rebels in Pamed area in Bijapur district.

Security personnel help an elderly woman to reach a polling booth in Chhattisgarh. (Express Photo)

Defying Maoist threats, 70m per cent of the electorate turned out to vote on Monday in 18 constituencies in the first phase of Assembly polls in Chhattisgarh. However, minutes before polling began, an improvised explosive device (IED) was detonated in Dantewada district by Naxals, who had called for a boycott of the polls. Moreover, five CRPF personnel were injured in a gun battle with the rebels in Pamed area in Bijapur district.

Voting at 10 seats, which began at 7 am, has ended. Polling at Narayanpur, Dantewada, Bijapur, Konta, Mohla-Manpur, Antagarh, Bhanupratappur, Kanker, Keshkal and Kondagaon wrapped up at 3 pm. Polling in Khairagarh, Dongargarh, Rajnandgaon, Dongargaon, Khujji, Bastar, Jagdalpur and Chitrakot, which started an hour later, continued till 5 pm.

Meanwhile, Congress has alleged rampant EVM rigging in the Bastar area even as the Election Commission rejected the charges. “BJP has completely lost the plot in Chhattisgarh and its desperation and desolation is more than evident with reports of rigging of EVMs pouring in from Bastar,” IANS quoted Congress Legislative Party leader TS Singh Deo as saying. A poll officer said as many as 31 EVMs and 51 VVPAT machines were replaced due to technical snags. The election in the second phase will be held on November 20.

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Polling in 18 constituencies of Chhattisgarh in the first phase ends. Here are the highlights

08:19 (IST)20 Nov 2018
Jogi-BSP coalition in Chhattisgarh: In a first, state may see hung Assembly

The ruling BJP holds 43 of the 72 seats, with the party sweeping several areas in the Chhattisgarh plains in the 2013 elections. Five years later, the party is banking on the work it has done over 15 years, with its leaders also counting on the Ajit Jogi-BSP coalition to cut into any anti-incumbency votes, especially in the Bilaspur-Janjgir region. In billboards now put up across Chhattisgarh, the party has asked voters to recall the state’s condition in 2003 when the Raman Singh government took over.

17:00 (IST)12 Nov 2018
Chhattisgarh elections 2018: 56.58% voter turnout recorded till 4.30 pm

56.58 per cent voter turnout recorded till 4.30 pm in 18 constituencies in the first phase of Assembly polls in Chhattisgarh. The highest voter turnout has been recorded in Khujji at 65.5 per cent. Maoist-infested areas of Bastar and Dantewada saw 58 per cent and 49 per cent polling respectively. In the 2013 elections, Bastar saw only 40 per cent voter participation. Kondagaon, Keshkal, Kanker, Khairagarh and Dongargarh saw 61.47, 63.51, 62, 60.5, 64 per cent voter turnout.

16:53 (IST)12 Nov 2018
Chhattisgarh elections 2018: Whole Congress party has Modi phobia, says Amit Shah in Patan

BJP chief Amit Shah is addressing public meeting in Patan, Chhattisgarh. In a direct attack on Rahul Gandhi, Shah said, "Rahul Gandhi must answer that when there was a Congress government in the Centre, why did they deprive Chhattisgarh of its rights. PM Modi says 'garibi hatao' but Rahul Gandhi says 'Modi hatao'. The whole Congress party is suffering from Modi phobia."

16:46 (IST)12 Nov 2018
Chhattisgarh elections 2018: Here is a quick recap

Of the 18 seats where polling is being held, 12 are reserved for Scheduled Tribes (STs) and one for Scheduled Caste (SC) category. The second phase of polling in 72 seats, out of the 90-member Assembly, will be held on November 20. Around 1.25 lakh security personnel have been deployed in the region to ensure peaceful polling. The elections this time is eesentially a three-way contest between the ruling BJP, Congress and the Ajit Jogi-Mayawati combine. Counting of votes will take place on December 11.

16:14 (IST)12 Nov 2018
Chhattisgarh: Three more CoBRA personnel injured, five Naxals killed in Bijapur encounter

Three more personnel of Commando Battalion for Resolute Action (CoBRA) were injured and around five Naxals were killed in the encounter at Bijapur district's Pamed area, ANI reported. Earlier, two CoBRA personnel were injured in the encounter, which began a group of Naxals opened fire on a team of security personnel that was patrolling the region as voting was on in the first phase of Chhattisgarh elections. All the CoBRA personnel are out of danger.

15:36 (IST)12 Nov 2018
Chhattisgarh elections 2018: 47.18 per cent voter turnout recorded till 3 pm

47.18 per cent voter turnout recorded till 3 pm in the first phase of Chhattisgarh Assembly elections. In the 2013 elections, the first phase saw a 67 per cent voter turnout. In the first phase, 18 constituencies out of 90 are voting.

15:15 (IST)12 Nov 2018
BJP's desperation, desolation evident with reports of EVM rigging, says Congress

The Congress has alleged rampant EVM rigging in the Bastar area even as the Election Commission rejected the charges. "BJP has completely lost the plot in Chhattisgarh and its desperation and desolation is more than evident with reports of rigging of EVMs pouring in from Bastar," IANS quoted Congress Legislative Party leader TS Singh Deo as saying. The EC said "certain sources were spreading rumours of EVM malfunctioning and rigging". A poll officer said as many as 31 EVMs and 51 VVPAT machines were replaced due to technical snags.

15:03 (IST)12 Nov 2018
Challenges have multiplied after Nilwaya naxal attack, says CRPF official

People in Dantewada's Madenda village have come out to cast their votes even after threat from the Naxals to cut their fingers if ink mark is seen on their fingers. "There are 263 registered voters in the village and many are voting despite the threat," ANI quoted a local as saying. A CRPF official said challenges had multiplied following the Nilwaya naxal attack, where DD cameraman Achyutanand Sahu was killed. "After the Nilwaya naxal attack, the challenges have gone up. Naxals had threatened villagers against voting. We assured the villagers of a secure environment and put in place a three-level security so that people can vote without fear," he said.

13:44 (IST)12 Nov 2018
Sukma: 103-year-old woman casts her vote in Sukma

A 103-year-old woman, Soni Bai,  reached the polling booth in Gorgunda's Devarpalli, Sukma, to cast her vote. Her son carried her in his arms to the polling station.

13:28 (IST)12 Nov 2018
25.15 per cent voter turn out till 1 pm

A total of 25.15 per cent voter turnout recorded till 1 pm in the first phase of Chhattisgarh Assembly elections, reported ANI.

13:22 (IST)12 Nov 2018
Voter turnout highest in Rajnandgaon

Rajnandgaon sees highest voter turnout in the first phase of Chhattisgarh Assembly elections till 11 am with 39 per cent in Mohala-Manpur constituency and 31 per cent in Dongargaon constituency.

13:00 (IST)12 Nov 2018
Two jawans injured in encounter

Two Commando Battalion for Resolute Action (CoBRA) jawans injured in the encounter that broke out between security forces and the Naxals in Bijapur's Pamed area.

12:52 (IST)12 Nov 2018
Security forces and Naxals clash in Bijapur's Pamed area

An encounter broke out between security personnel and Naxals in Bijapur's Pamed area around 12.20 pm. Firing underway, reported ANI.

12:42 (IST)12 Nov 2018
Claims of EVMs failing repeatedly are false: EC

Election Commission (EC) has issued a statement that claims of EVMs failing repeatedly at various booths are false, ANI reported.  Any glitches, if noticed, are being attended immediately, said EC.

12:22 (IST)12 Nov 2018
PM Narendra Modi addresses public rally in Bilaspur

Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses a rally in Chhattisgarh's Bilaspur.

12:18 (IST)12 Nov 2018
Names missing from voters' list, Gandhi Nagar residents protest outside polling booth

Names of many voters were allegedly missing from the electoral roll of Jagdalpur's Gandhi Nagar ward. Protesters, who gathered outside the polling booth there, alleged that the names of people living here for the past 25 years are also missing from the voters' list.

11:45 (IST)12 Nov 2018
Huge voter turnout at polling station in Naxal-affected Pardoni village in Manpur

The polling station in Naxal-affected Manpur's Pardoni village saw huge voter turnout on Monday despite Naxali posters & banners all over the place asking people to boycott elections.

11:29 (IST)12 Nov 2018
Voter turnout better than 2013: Sukma SP

Sukma SP Abhishek Meena said voters from interior areas in the district were coming out to exercise their right to vote, defying the Naxals' call for the election boycott, reported PTI. While zero voting was recorded in 'Bhejji 2' and Gorkha polling booths in 2013, this time 11 and 20 voters respectively had turned up in the initial hours, Meena told PTI.

He added that 72 votes have been cast in 'Bhejji 1' polling station so far this time. Last time, only one vote was cast there.

11:19 (IST)12 Nov 2018
Differently-abled person casts his vote in Rajnandgaon

Differently-abled person casts his vote at a polling booth in Motipur, Rajnandgaon.

10:37 (IST)12 Nov 2018
Three IEDs detected near polling booth in Konta; bomb disposal squad at work

Three IEDs have been detected near a polling booth in Konta's Banda.  CRPF bomb disposal squad is now in the process of defusing them, reported ANI.

Seeking a fourth straight term in tribal-dominated Chhattisgarh, the BJP on Saturday promised pension to small and marginal farmers and an unemployment allowance, as the ruling party released its manifesto for the upcoming assembly polls.

Two days before the first phase of voting on November 12, BJP president Amit Shah and Chief Minister Raman Singh released the party’s manifesto, called ‘Nava Chhattisgarh Sankalp Patra’, in Raipur, promising to continue minimum support price (MSP) for paddy, an annual Rs 300 bonus for the crop, besides subsidised rice and salt, and lowest electricity rates.

The issue of bonus for paddy had become a major talking point earlier this year. While the BJP-led government was giving Rs 300 bonus for the crop for past three years of their five-year term, the Congress promised

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