Voting will begin today in the primary phase of the Chhattisgarh Assembly election for 20 seats, most of in Maoist-affected Bastar area. Over 25,000 safety personnel have been deployed in the primary of the two-phase election.
Among the 20 seats, 12 are reserved for Scheduled Tribes and one for Scheduled Castes. The highest variety of contestants is in Rajnandgaon constituency (29) whereas the bottom variety of candidates is seven every in Chitrakot and Dantewada seats.
The ruling Congress get together has based mostly its marketing campaign on the sequence of welfare schemes of the Baghel authorities for farmers, ladies, tribals and Dalits in addition to a promise to waive farm loans if it retains energy.
The first phase of campaigning in Chhattisgarh noticed Prime Minister Narendra Modi attacking Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel over the alleged Mahadev betting app rip-off, whereas different BJP leaders spoke on non secular conversion, deteriorating legislation and order and corruption.
Chhattisgarh Congress chief and MP Deepak Baij (Chitrakot), ministers Kawasi Lakhma (Konta), Mohan Markam (Kondagaon) and Mohammad Akbar (Kawardha) in addition to Chhavindra Karma (Dantewada), the son of late chief Mahendra Karma, are among the many outstanding candidates from the ruling get together in the primary phase.
From BJP, former Chief Minister Raman Singh is contesting from Ranjangaon towards the Congress’s Girish Dewangan, the chairman of Chhattisgarh State Mineral Development Corporation.
Other outstanding BJP leaders in this phase embody 4 former ministers Lata Usendi (Kondagaon seat), Vikram Usendi (Antagarh), Kedar Kashyap (Narayanpur) and Mahesh Gagda (Bijapur), and former IAS officer Neelkanth Tekam from Keshkal.
The Aam Aadmi Party’s state unit chief Komal Hupendi will contest from Bhanupratappur seat, and MLA Anup Nag, after being denied a ticket by the Congress, is combating as an unbiased from Antagarh seat.
The Congress has 71 seats in the 90-member Assembly. In the 2018 polls, it had inflicted a crushing defeat on the BJP, which had been ruling the state since 2003.
Voting might be held between 7 am and three pm in 10 seats, specifically Mohla-Manpur, Antagarh, Bhanupratappur, Kanker, Keshkal, Kondagaon, Narayanpur, Dantewada, Bijapur and Konta.
Votes might be forged between eight am and 5 pm in Khairagarh, Dongargarh, Rajnandgaon, Dongargaon, Khujji, Pandariya and Kawardha Bastar, Jagdalpur and Chitrakot.
With inputs from companies