Chhattisgarh assembly elections 2018 Highlights: 71.93% voting till 6pm, says Election Commission
Chhattisgarh elections: Polling was held for 72 assembly constituencies as part of the second and last phase of elections in Chhattisgarh. The first phase of elections in 18 Maoist-affected assembly constituencies was held on November 12. Read highlights...
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Polling was held Tuesday for 72 assembly constituencies as part of the second and last phase of elections in Chhattisgarh. The first phase of elections in 18 Maoist-affected assembly constituencies was held on November 12 amid tight security and sporadic incidents of violence.
Eight Maoists were killed and five jawans of the Commando Battalion for Resolute Action (CoBRA) were injured in two separate encounters during the first phase of polling. Election officials recorded more than 70% turnout on November 12. For more on Chhattisgarh assembly elections 2018, click here.
The BJP, which has been ruling the state for 15 years, and the Congress have been traditional rivals in Chhattisgarh. This time, however, former chief minister Ajit Jogi’s newly floated outfit Janata Congress Chhattisgarh and Mayawati’s BSP have joined hands, turning the elections into a three-cornered fight.
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71.93% voter turnout in phase 2 till 6pm, says poll panel
71.93% voter turnout in phase 2 of Chhattisgarh assembly polls till 6pm, says Election Commission at press conference in New Delhi. This would make the overall turnout in the election 74.17% against 77.42% in the 2013 state election. The figure is provisional, says the poll panel.
Polling ends, booths open for people still in queues
Polling for the second and final phase of Chhattisgarh elections entailing 72 constituencies spread across 19 districts officially ended at 5pm. However, booths will close after people still standing in queues have voted.
EVMs, VVPATs sealed at polling station in Baloda Bazar’s Simga
EVMs & VVPATs being sealed at polling station in Baloda Bazar's Simga after the second phase of voting for #ChhattisgarhElections2018 concludes. Voting still underway at the polling booths where voters are in the queue pic.twitter.com/RYR0CAoZgu— ANI (@ANI) November 20, 2018
64.8% turnout till 5 pm
64.8 % voter turnout till 5 pm in the second phase of Chhattisgarh polls, reports ANI.
58.47 % voting till 4 pm
58.47 % voting recorded till 4 pm in the second phase of voting in Chhattisgarh.
Cong leaders do not sit together even in a chopper: Raman Singh
The Congress leadership remains divided. There have been so many reports about a fight between the Congress leadership in Chhattisgarh. There are many factions, and several chief ministerial aspirants... the divide is so deep that their leaders do not even sit together in a helicopter: Raman Singh
Cong got sympathy votes in Bastar in 2013 after Maoist attack: Raman Singh
There was sympathy for the Congress after its top leadership was killed in a Maoist attack in Jhiram valley in Bastar months before the 2013 election. The Congress won eight out of 12 seats in the Bastar region. There is no such factor this time. Moreover, we have done a lot for the welfare of tribals: Raman Singh.
Ajit Jogi will hurt Cong: Raman Singh
BSP took a little over 4% votes in the 2013 elections. We expect that the Ajit Jogi-BSP alliance will pocket 5-6% votes this time... we know Jogi will hurt the BJP in some seats. But the nature of their support base makes us conclude that he will hurt the Congress more: Raman Singh in exclusive interview with HT.
Candidates changed only where required: Raman Singh
This time, we have been more careful about candidate selection and have made only those changes that we felt were required: Raman Singh in exclusive interview with HT.
No anti-incumbency against govt: Raman Singh
Anti-incumbency works against a government that fails to live up to the expectation of people. If you compare what Chhattisgarh was 15 years back and where it stands now, you will realise that there is a positive mood for the BJP. There is no anti-incumbency: Raman Singh in exclusive interview with HT.
45.2 % turnout till 2:55 pm
45.2 % turnout recorded till 2:55 pm in the second phase of polling in Chhattisgarh, reports ANI.
Ajit Jogi will eat into Cong votes: Raman Singh
Satnam sect leader Baldas has limited appeal, and he will not have much impact... former CM Ajit Jogi, who also has considerable influence among Satnami voters, is also in the fray. He has an alliance with the BSP and is eating into the Congress’s vote share: Raman Singh, in exclusive interview with HT.
Senior BJP leader Saroj Pandey casts vote
Senior BJP leader Saroj Pandey casts her vote.
Raman Singh poses with voters
आज माननीय मुख्यमंत्री @drramansingh जी ने #ChhattisgarhElections2018 में अपने मताधिकार का प्रयोग करते हुए कवर्धा क्षेत्र में मतदान किया।— BJP Chhattisgarh (@BJP4CGState) November 20, 2018
आप सभी इस महापर्व पर अपने मताधिकार का प्रयोग कर लोकतंत्र को सशक्त बनाएं। pic.twitter.com/BXEAkuU9ae
Former Union minister Charandas Mahant casts vote
Former Union minister and senior Congress leader Charandas Mahant casts his vote.
पूर्व केंद्रीय मंत्री चरणदास महंत ने भी किया मतदान।— INC Chhattisgarh (@INCChhattisgarh) November 20, 2018
आप भी घरों से बाहर निकलिए और एक नए छत्तीसगढ़ के लिए जरूर मतदान के करें। pic.twitter.com/qX3JkMe9zG
BSP can damage Congress more
An improvement in BSP’s performance over the 2013 elections when it won one seat in Chhattisgarh will, for one, firmly establish her potential to damage the Congress in states where it has a reasonable chance, say political analysts..
Mayawati has much in stake in Chhattisgarh
If the Mayawati-Jogi alliance does pay off in Chhattisgarh, it would considerably boost her ability to negotiate a better deal from her allies in Uttar Pradesh, and beyond in 2019, say political experts.
Cong leaders cast their votes
Chhattisgarh Congress president Bhupesh Baghel, leader of opposition TS Singhdeo and senor leader Dharnendra Sahu cast their votes.
प्रदेश अध्यक्ष भूपेश बघेल, नेता प्रतिपक्ष टी एस सिंहदेव एवं वरिष्ठ नेता धनेंद्र साहू ने अपने अपने मतदान केंद्रों में किया मतदान।— INC Chhattisgarh (@INCChhattisgarh) November 20, 2018
आप भी अपने घरों से बाहर निकालिए और मतदान का प्रयोग कीजिए। pic.twitter.com/wExyLvyDkG
Mayawati as kingmaker?
Political analysts say Mayawati is attempting a repeat of Karnataka in Chhattisgarh, hoping to emerge as kingmaker along with Ajit Jogi in case both the Congress and the BJP fall short of majority.
BSP-Cong talks before elections
BSP had been in talks with the Congress for an alliance, but it broke after the latter turned down Mayawati’s demand for about a dozen seats.
Raman Singh casts vote
Chhattisgarh chief minister Raman Singh casts his vote at a polling booth in Kawardha.
Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh casts his vote at a polling booth in Kawardha. pic.twitter.com/pSql5Q3lsq— ANI (@ANI) November 20, 2018
Ajit Jogi-BSP combine fields BJP, Cong rebels
The Ajit Jogi-BSP combine has fielded about a dozen rebels from the Congress and BJP.
BSP looks to make gains
In the 2013 election, the BSP had fielded its candidates in all 90 seats and won more than 5.5 lakh votes with a share of 4.4 per cent, but had one just one seat in the state. This time, it is looking to make more gains in alliance with Ajit Jogi’s Janata Congress Chhattisgarh.
444 sensitive booths
444 out of a total of 19,336 polling booths have been identified as sensitive, and security has been tightened in these areas.
25% voting till 12:30 pm
25 per cent voting have been recorded till 12.30pm in the second phase of Chhattisgarh assembly elections, say election officials
Ajit Jogi focussing on Bilaspur
Ajit Jogi is hoping to capitalise on the BSP’s core support among scheduled caste voters of Bilaspur division, which accounts for 24 assembly seats, out of which 12 are with the BJP, 11 with the Congress and 1 with the BSP, to upset poll calculations, say party insiders and political analysts.
Triangular contest in 20 seats
The 72 seats that are voting today are spread across Raipur, Durg, Bilaspur and Sarguja divisions. With Ajit Jogi allying with the BSP, nearly 20 seats in Chhattisgarh are witnessing a triangular contest.
Chhattisgarh DGP AN Upadhyay votes
Technical snags in EVMs in some places
There were reports of technical snags in electronic voting machines (EVMs) at some places and corrective measures were taken, an election official told PTI.
19 women out of total 1,079 candidates
There are 19 women among the total 1,079 candidates, who are trying their luck in this phase of the elections.
Special DGP ( anti-Naxal operations ) DM Awasthi votes
Extra vigil in Maoist-affected districts
Extra vigil is being maintained in Maoist-affected Gariaband, Dhamtari, Mahasamund, Kabirdham, Jashpur and Balrampur districts.
Choppers and drones manning elections
Elaborate security arrangements in place, including deployment of helicopters and drones. Polling being held in over 19,000 polling booths. Over 1,00,000 security personnel positioned.
Seats with highest and lowest number of candidates
The highest number of 46 contestants are in Raipur City South constituency, while the lowest number of six contestants are in Bindranavagarh seat.
1.5 crore voters to choose 72 candidates
An electorate of over 1.5 crore, including over 77 lakh male and over 76 lakh female voters, are eligible to vote. There are nearly 1,000 voters from the third gender.
AAP trying its luck in 66 seats
The Arvind Kejriwal-led Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has fielded candidates in 66 constituencies.
Seat sharing between BSP and JCC
While the Mayawati-led Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) is in the fray in 25 seats, its ally and former CM Ajit Jogi’s Janata Congress Chhattisgarh (JCC) is vying in 46 seats.
Visuals from Jashpur
Cong leaders meet EC over alleged EVM tampering
A delegation of Congress leaders led by PL Punia meet the Election Commission in Delhi over alleged attempts to misuse and tamper EVMs in Chhattisgarh, reports ANI.
Special DGP RK Vij votes
Piyush Goyal urges people to vote
Union minister Piyush Goyal appeals to people to vote for BJP again.
आपका वोट आपकी ताकत है, छत्तीसगढ़ में विकास और सुशासन के लिए समर्पित सरकार को चुनने के लिए अपना बहुमूल्य वोट जरूर करें तथा दूसरों को भी प्रेरित करें। pic.twitter.com/QYOir61ZrW— Piyush Goyal (@PiyushGoyal) November 20, 2018
Pehle matdaan, phir jalpaan: Amit Shah
Pehle matdaan, phir jalpaan (first vote, then meal): Amit Shah appeals to Chhattisgarh voters.
छत्तीसगढ़ में आज द्वितीय व अंतिम चरण का मतदान है।— Amit Shah (@AmitShah) November 20, 2018
मैं प्रदेशवासियों से अपील करता हूँ कि आप सभी 'पहले मतदान, फिर जलपान' को यथार्थ कर प्रातः 10:30 बजे तक अधिक से अधिक संख्या में मतदान करें और एक समृद्ध व नवा छत्तीसगढ़ के स्वप्न्न को साकार करने में अपना अमूल्य योगदान दें।
BJP leader Anil Jain’s appeal to people
BJP leader Anil Jain asks people to participate in the elections in huge numbers.
छत्तीसगढ़ के सभी प्रदेशवासियों से अपील है की नवा छत्तीसगढ़ के संकल्प को पूर्ण करने के लिए लोकतंत्र के महापर्व में हिस्सा लें व अधिक से अधिक संख्या में मतदान करें।— Dr. Anil Jain (@aniljaindr) November 20, 2018
Rajyavardhan Rathore urges people to vote
Your vote is your voice. I urge all the voters of Chhattisgarh to come out and cast their vote. Your vote will decide the future of Chhattisgarh: Union minister Rajyavardhan Rathore.
Your vote is your voice. I urge all the voters of Chhattisgarh to come out and cast their vote. Your vote will decide the future of Chhattisgarh!— Rajyavardhan Rathore (@Ra_THORe) November 20, 2018
BJP leader Ramvichar Netam urges people to vote
BJP leader Ramvichar Netam urges people to vote.
आज छत्तीसगढ़ में दूसरे एवं अंतिम चरण के लिए मतदान होना है । मेरा सभी मतदाताओं से आग्रह है कि वे पूरे उत्साह के साथ लोकतंत्र के महापर्व में अवश्य भाग लें और भारी संख्या में मतदान करें ।— Ramvichar Netam (@RamvicharNetam) November 20, 2018
12.54% voting till 10 am
12.54 per cent voting recorded till 10 am, say election officials.
Ajit Jogi, son Amit cast votes
Janata Congress Chhattisgarh (JCC) president and former chief minister Ajit Jogi and his son Amit Jogi cast their votes at a polling booth in Pendra.
Durg SP Sanjeev Shukla votes
Motilal Vora casts vote
Veteran Congress leader Motilal Vora casts his vote.
Raman Singh’s principal secretary Aman Singh votes
46 of the 72 seats general
As per election commission, 46 of the 72 seats going to polls today are general, nine are reserved for SCs and 17 reserved for STs. In the 2013 elections, BJP had won 43 seats while Congress had won 27. One seat each was won by BSP and an independent.
Chief secretary Ajay Singh casts vote
PM Narendra Modi urges people to vote
In a tweet, Prime Minister Narendra Modi requested voters of Chhattisgarh to participate in large numbers in “the festival of democracy”.
छत्तीसगढ़ में आज दूसरे और अंतिम चरण का मतदान है। सभी मतदाताओं से मेरा निवेदन है कि वे पूरे उत्साह के साथ भारी संख्या में मतदान कर लोकतंत्र के महापर्व को सफल बनाएं।— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) November 20, 2018
Visuals from a polling booth in Raipur rural
PWD minister queues up to cast vote
State chief election commissioner Subrat Sahoo casts vote
Mahasamund SP votes along with family
1,00,000 security personnel deployed
At least 1,00,000 security personnel, including 607 companies of paramilitary forces, are manning the elections.
1,079 candidates, including nine ministers, try their luck
1,079 candidates are trying their luck today, including nine cabinet ministers, leader of opposition TS Singhdeo and state Congress chief Bhupesh Baghel. Apart from Ajit Jogi, his wife Renu and daughter-in-law Richa are also in the fray.
Ajit Jogi banking on Satnamis and SCs, say analysts
Ajit Jogi is banking on the Satnami community and scheduled castes who hold influence in 58 of the 72 seats in Chhattisgarh, say political analysts.
Great sense of dissatisfaction with BJP: Cong
There is a great sense of dissatisfaction with the BJP, and the Congress will win two-thirds of more seats: Leader of Opposition in the assembly TS Singh Deo tells HT.
Ajit Jogi-BSP alliance to hurt Cong more: Raman Singh
The Congress leadership is divided in Chhattisgarh, and the Ajit Jogi-BSP alliance will hurt them more: Chhattisgarh CM Raman Singh tells HT in an exclusive interview.
Polling has begun for the 72 assembly constituencies as part of the second and last phase of elections in Chhattisgarh.
The first phase of elections in 18 Maoist-affected assembly constituencies was held on November 12 amid tight security and sporadic incidents of violence.
Security tightened in lieu of Maoist attacks
Security has been tightened in the state with deployment of over one lakh security personnel in lieu of Maoist attacks.
Mock polling in Surguja’s Ambikapur
Ahead of the voting, mock polling was conducted at a polling station in Surguja’s Ambikapur.
Chhattisgarh: Mock polling being conducted at a polling station in Surguja's Ambikapur. Voting for the second phase of #ChhattisgarhElections2018 will begin at 8 am today. 72 constituencies spread across 19 districts are undergoing polling today. pic.twitter.com/UuBjhXawAx— ANI (@ANI) November 20, 2018
Voting for 72 assembly constituencies to begin at 8 am
Polling for the 72 assembly constituencies as part of the second and last phase of elections in Chhattisgarh will begin at 8 am continue till 5 pm.
Chhattisgarh: Visuals from a polling station in Durg district's Patan. Voting for the 72 constituencies in second phase of #ChhattisgarhElections2018 will be conducted today, polling will begin at 8 am. pic.twitter.com/xeuUCsgsfV— ANI (@ANI) November 20, 2018