Campaign for Chhattisgarh phase 1 ends
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.