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