Cam­paign for Ch­hat­tis­garh phase 1 ends

The Hindu - - NEWS - Spe­cial Cor­re­spon­dent

Cam­paign­ing for the first phase of polling in Ch­hat­tis­garh, sched­uled for Novem­ber 12, drew to a close on Satur­day evening. The cam­paign, marred by vi­o­lence, has wit­nessed use of very strong lan­guage by the key lead­ers of all par­ties. Eigh­teen seats out of a to­tal of 90 will go to the polls on Mon­day.

Maoists, as ex­pected, have called for a poll boy­cott in Bas­tar divi­sion. None of the can­di­dates man­aged to en­ter deep in­side the Maoist ar­eas to cam­paign de­spite un­prece­dented se­cu­rity ar­range­ments.

More than 60 com­pa­nies of ad­di­tional forces have been de­ployed for the first phase.

Twelve seats are lo­cated in Bas­tar divi­sion, par­tially con­trolled by Maoist, while the rest are in Ra­j­nandgaon dis­trict. The Congress bagged 12 of the 18 seats in 2018.

Chief Min­is­ter Ra­man Singh and Karuna Shukla, the niece of late Prime Min­is­ter A.B. Va­j­payee, are con­test­ing in this round.

An es­ti­mated 32 lakh vot­ers, in­clud­ing 89 of the third gen­der, are el­i­gi­ble to vote.

As many as 4,336 polling booths have been set up for this phase.

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