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Assembly elections Highlights: Voting for Mizoram, Chhattisgarh phase 1 concludes, over 70% voter turnout recorded

Assembly elections Highlights: Two out of five states to undergo polling today. The month-long election likely to set the ground for 2024 Lok Sabha elections.
Jagdalpur: Voters show their identification cards as they wait in a queue to cast their votes for the 1st phase of Chhattisgarh Assembly elections, at a polling station in Jagdalpur, Bastar district, Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2023. (PTI Photo)(PTI11_07_2023_000052B)
Jagdalpur: Voters show their identification cards as they wait in a queue to cast their votes for the 1st phase of Chhattisgarh Assembly elections, at a polling station in Jagdalpur, Bastar district, Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2023. (PTI Photo)(PTI11_07_2023_000052B)

Assembly elections Highlights: Chhattisgarh and Mizoram kicked off the month-long poll battle today. While voting for 20 seats out of 90-member Chhattisgarh assembly are taking place for the first phase, the 40-member Mizoram assembly is undergoing polling in a single phase. In Chhattisgarh, the fight is mainly between the Bharatiya Janata Party and the Congress, whereas, Mizoram is the only poll-bound state where these two parties are not the only primary contenders. The Mizo National Front (MNF) and Zoram Peoples' Movement (ZPM) have a strong hold in the politics of this northeastern state....Read More

A total of 174 candidates are in the fray in Mizoram and 223 candidates will be contesting in the first phase of Chhattisgarh assembly elections.

The second phase of polling in Chhattisgarh along with single-phase polling in Madhya Pradesh will take place on November 17. Rajasthan and Telangana will undergo single-phase voting on November 25 and 30, respectively.

Counting of votes in all the states will be conducted on December 3.

Follow all the updates here:
Nov 7, 2023 2:21 PM IST

Assembly elections LIVE: List of BJP leaders who voted today in Chhattisgarh

Kedar Kashyap (Narayanpur)

Mahesh Gagda (Bijapur)

Vikram Usendi (Antagarh)

Lata Usendi (Kondagaon)

Nov 7, 2023 1:53 PM IST

Assembly elections LIVE: JP Nadda holds roadshow in Mhow, Indore

Nov 7, 2023 1:10 PM IST

Assembly elections LIVE: List of Cong leaders who voted today in Chhattisgarh

State Congress chief and Bastar MP Deepak Baij (Chitrakot seat)

Kawasi Lakhma (Konta)

Mohan Markam (Kondagaon)

Sitting Congress MLA Chandan Kashyap (Narayanpur)

Sitting Congress MLA Savitri Mandavi (Bhanupratappur)

Nov 7, 2023 12:32 PM IST

Assembly elections LIVE: Voter turnout in Chhattisgarh till 5 pm

Chhattisgarh in its first phase of polling recorded a voter turnout of 70.87 percent till 5 pm. The voting has now been concluded.

Nov 7, 2023 11:47 AM IST

Assembly elections LIVE: Voting concludes in Mizoram

Voting concludes in Mizoram Assembly elections, sealing of EVMs and VVPATs begins at polling booth in Aizawl's Zarkwat.

Nov 7, 2023 11:06 AM IST

Assembly elections LIVE: Voter turnout in Mizoram till 3 pm

Mizoram has registered a voter turnout of 69.86 percent till 3 pm.

Nov 7, 2023 11:02 AM IST

Assembly elections LIVE: Voter turnout in Chhattisgarh till 3 pm

Chhattisgarh has registered a voter turnout of 60.92 percent till 3 pm in the first phase of polling.

Nov 7, 2023 10:35 AM IST

Assembly elections LIVE: Anurag Thakur campaigns for BJP candidate in Madhya Pradesh.

Union minister Anurag Thakur on Tuesday campaigned for BJP candidate in Madhya Pradesh - WATCH.

Nov 7, 2023 10:13 AM IST

Assembly elections LIVE: Naxal encounters, IED blast during polling in Chhattisgarh

An IED blast triggered by Naxalites and three different encounters between them and security personnel marred the first phase of polling underway in Chhattisgarh on Tuesday. According to reports, three security persons, including a CRPF jawan have been injured.

Nov 7, 2023 9:41 AM IST

Assembly elections LIVE: PM Modi's dig at Baghel in Chhattisgarh

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday took a dig at the Congress government in Chhattisgarh, claiming that Chhattisgarh chief minister Bhupesh Baghel's office is the “hub of corruption” in the state. He also accused Baghel of failing to contain Maoisim in the state.

Nov 7, 2023 9:19 AM IST

Assembly elections LIVE: Amit Shah holds 'Rath Sabha' in Rajasthan

Union Home Minister Amit Shah holds 'Rath Sabha' in Nagaur, Rajasthan - WATCH.

Nov 7, 2023 8:55 AM IST

Assembly elections LIVE: Amit Shah targets Gehlot at Rajasthan poll rally

Union home minister Amit Shah on Tuesday slammed Rajasthan chief minister Ashok Gehlot, saying he has crossed "all limits of appeasement" and asked the people of the state to uproot the Congress government. Addressing a rally in Rajasthan's Kuchaman, he called Gehlot's government “the most corrupt.”

Nov 7, 2023 8:43 AM IST

Assembly elections LIVE: Voter turnout update till 1 pm

44.55% voter turnout has been reported in Chhattisgarh at 1 pm. Similarly, Mizoram reported 52.73% voter turnout at the same time.

Nov 7, 2023 8:00 AM IST

Assembly elections LIVE: Ashok Gehlot trusts the work done in 5 years, talks about manifesto

"We have worked for 5 years. There is no anti-incumbency wave. Our guarantees are fabulous. We have given a health insurance cover of 25 lakh to the citizens. No other state is giving this... The manifesto will be released soon...We are giving pension of 1,000 to one crore people," Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot told reporters.

Nov 7, 2023 7:44 AM IST

Assembly elections LIVE: In other state, Owaisi begins door-to-door campaign in Telangana

AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi started door-to-door campaign days after the party announced its candidates for the Telangana assembly elections. Owaisi hoped for CM K Chandrashekar Rao's victory in the upcoming state assembly elections. Speaking to the media, Owaisi said In Telangana the 9 candidates of Majlis are going to win with the Blessings and vote of the people and KCR will become the Chief Minister for the third term as well.

Nov 7, 2023 7:28 AM IST

Meet Teetar Singh, the man who lost over 30 elections but contesting again

Teetar Singh, a 78-year-old Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA)daily wage labourer from Rajasthan's Ganganagar has filed his nomination to contest the legislative assembly election for the 32nd time.

Singh, who has fought 31 elections from Gram Panchayat to Lok Sabha since 1970s but faced defeat every single time, is again trying his luck from Sri Karanpur assembly constituency for the November 25 polls. Speaking to Hindustan Times, Singh expressed his anger against the past state governments and his priorities if he is elected to power. Read more

Nov 7, 2023 7:06 AM IST

Assembly elections LIVE: Voter turnout update at 11 am

22.9% voter turnout has been reported in Chhattisgarh at 11 am. Similarly, Mizoram reported 29.87% voter turnout at the same time.

Nov 7, 2023 6:46 AM IST

Assembly elections LIVE: Security personnel fired at by Maoists in Chhattisgarh

Naxals fired at DRG personnel deployed for outer cordon around 2 kilometres away from Banda polling station this morning. The security forces retaliated and the firing from naxals' side stopped after 10 minutes. All the jawans are safe and voting is underway

Nov 7, 2023 6:35 AM IST

Assembly elections LIVE: PM Modi says human trafficking, drug dealing surged in Congress rule

While addressing a rally in Chhattisgarh's Surguja district, PM Modi alleged that crimes including human trafficking, drug dealing have increased under the Congress rule. He further blamed that grand old party of creating obstruction in Droupadi Murmu becoming the President. "You can't imagine how much Congress tried to stop (Droupadi Murmu from becoming the first Tribal President of India), but it was the BJP which ensured this honour to her," he said.

Nov 7, 2023 6:15 AM IST

PM in Chhattisgarh: Modi attacks Congress as phase 1 polling undergoes

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday arrived in Chhattisgarh to address a rally amid the undergoing phase 1 assembly polls, blowing the bugle for BJP's next round of campaigns in the run-up for phase 2 elections.

"The first phase of elections in Chhattisgarh is underway and as far as I have got to know, people are coming out to vote in large numbers... After independence, Adivasis did not exist for the Congress party. Congress never bothered about you or your children whereas BJP has always prioritised the development of Adivasis...Did you ever imagine that a woman coming out of an 'Adivasi' family could become the President of our country?

Nov 7, 2023 6:04 AM IST

Assembly elections LIVE: 100-year-old casts his vote in Mizoram

A 101-year-old voter set an example by casting his vote in the 24-Champhai South Assembly Constituency in Mizoram.

The centenarian, Pu Rualhnudala came to vote along with his 86-year-old wife, Pi Thanghleithluaii, setting couple goals in this season of assembly elections.

Nov 7, 2023 5:53 AM IST

Assembly elections LIVE: Chhattisgarh CM accepts Amit Shah's ‘debate’ dare

Chhattisgarh chief minister Bhupesh Baghel on Monday accepted the challenge by Union home minister Amit Shah to debate on the work done by him in the past five years against Prime Minister Narendra Modi's in the past 15 years.

"Home Minister Shri Amit Shah! I have accepted your challenge by going to the same Pandaria Assembly where you had challenged me to debate on the work. You have not yet told the stage, date and time but the public has prepared the stage. Please tell me the date and time," Baghel posted on X along with a picture of black sofa, having the names of Amit Shah and Bhupesh Baghel on both sides. Read more

Nov 7, 2023 5:49 AM IST

Assembly elections LIVE: Bhupesh Baghel expects higher voter turnout

Chhattisgarh cheif minister Bhupesh Baghel claimed that maoist insurgency in the state has been reduced during his tenure after the work done in the last five years by the government. As the state goes to polls, CM Baghel expects higher voter turnout as compared with past elections.

"Earlier, big incidents used to happen, now small incidents are happening. I think this will also stop in the future. Naxalism has retreated to a great extent with the work we have done in 5 years. As a result, polling booths have been set up inside villages. People will vote in their village itself. There is a possibility of high voting percentage in naxal affected areas," he said.

Nov 7, 2023 5:26 AM IST

Assembly elections LIVE: Anurag Thakur slams Bhupesh Baghel over corruption charges against him

Hitting out at Congress, Union minister Anurag Thakur took swipe at Chhattisgarh CM Bhupesh Baghel who was allegedly found to have connections in the Mahadev betting app-money laundering case.

"Congress has always been in favour of black money... How could Bhupesh Baghel be left behind when the master is corrupt?" he asked, adding, "As I had already said, there's neither a leader nor a policy in the INDIA alliance. There is a flaw in their intentions too. Most of the leaders in this alliance are surrounded by corruption, they have come together just to save themselves."

Nov 7, 2023 5:20 AM IST

Assembly election LIVE: PM Modi lands in Chhattisgarh, will address a rally

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today reached Chhattisgarh where he will address a rally ahead of the second phase of assembly election.

Nov 7, 2023 5:08 AM IST

Assembly election LIVE: At 9:30 am, 10% voter turnout recorded in Chhattisgarh

Voting in Chhattisgarh for 20 assembly seats started at 7 am and by 9:30 am, 10% voter turnout was recorded. Polling was being held under a thick security blanket of police and paramilitary personnel, who kept a tight vigil in the seats in Naxalite-hit Bastar division.

A CRPF commando was injured on Tuesday in an IED blast triggered by Naxalites in Sukma district while his unit was undertaking an area domination operation to ensure security during the polls.

Nov 7, 2023 5:02 AM IST

Assembly elections LIVE: Voter turnout in Mizoram recorder 17.18% till 9 am

Voting across 40 assembly seats underway in Mizoram. 17.18% voter turnout recorded till 9 am.

Nov 7, 2023 4:47 AM IST

Assembly elections LIVE: Raman Singh bets on winning 14 out 20 seats in Chhattisgarh phase 1 polls

BJP leader and former Chhattisgarh CM Raman Singh says, “BJP is winning a minimum of 14 seats in the first phase...BJP will form the government with a complete majority.”

Nov 7, 2023 4:38 AM IST

Assembly elections LIVE: ‘Can see 2003 repeating’: Union minister on BJP's winning possibility in Chhattisgarh

Union minister Prahlad Patel said he can see ‘2003 is repeating in 2023’ when asked about the possibility of his party, BJP, winning the election in Chhattisgarh. He was referring to the first-ever assembly election held after the formation of the state which disintigrated from erstwhile Madhya Pradesh. BJP had won the 2003 election making Raman Singh as the first chief minster from the party there.

Nov 7, 2023 4:24 AM IST

Assembly elections LIVE: Mizoram CM casts vote in 2nd attempt

Mizoram CM Zoramthanga, who was unable to cast his vote, early on Tuesday morning, cast his vote now in the Aizawl-North-II seat. He is contesting from the Aizawl East-I seat. "I have cast vote and I visited half of my constituency as well. I believe that from the political atmosphere on polling day, MNF will be forming the government. In my constituency, we will get overwhelming support of voters," he said after casting his vote. Zoramthanga was unable to cast his vote earlier due to a technical fault in the EVM.

Nov 7, 2023 4:16 AM IST

Assembly elections LIVE: 9.93% voter turnout recorded in Chhattisgarh till 9 am

9.93% voter turnout recorded in Chhattisgarh Phase 1 (till 9 AM). Voting currently underway.

Nov 7, 2023 4:11 AM IST

‘Expect all our issues to be resolved’: First-time voter in Chhattisgarh polls

Anisha, a first-time voter, pinned her hope on the next government to resolve all the issues. She was among several such voters who expect resolve to their issues from their candidates.

"We expect all our issues to be resolved...Many a time candidates say that they will resolve the issues but leave (after elections) to not be seen anywhere," she told ANI while standing in a queue at the Kondagaon polling booth on Tuesday.

Nov 7, 2023 4:04 AM IST

Assembly elections LIVE: Rahul to voters, elect 'trustworthy' govt in Chhattisgarh again

In a post in Hindi on X, Rahul Gandhi said, "When you exercise your franchise, remember, Congress' trustworthy government once again in Chhattisgarh."

"Congress's guarantee to Chhattisgarh: Farmers loan waiver; purchase of 20 quintal/acre paddy; 10,000/year to the landless; 3,200 MSP on paddy; 6,000/sack on tendu leaves; 4000/year bonus for Tendupatta; 200 units electricity free; 500 subsidy on gas cylinder; free education from KG to PG; free treatment up to 10 lakh; housing for 17.5 lakh families; caste census."

Nov 7, 2023 3:52 AM IST

Assembly elections LIVE: 96-year-old blind voter casts his vote in Aizawl

Pu Zadawla, 96-years-old, blind voter, who refused to cast his vote through postal ballot has casted his vote today in 1417 Saron Veng-II, Aizawl.

Nov 7, 2023 3:48 AM IST

Assembly elections LIVE: Mizoram Congress president Lalsawta casts his vote

Mizoram Pradesh Congress Committee president Lalsawta has casted his vote at a polling station at Mission Vengthlang in Aizawl as voting started in the state.

Lalsawta is contesting the election from Aizawl West-III.

"We are confident that we will form the government. In this constituency, it is difficult to prophesy. But I think we can come on top," Lalsawta said speaking to ANI after casting his vote.

Nov 7, 2023 3:43 AM IST

Assembly elections LIVE: Naxal-affected Karigundam in Sukma hold polling after 23 years

Voting being held in naxal-affected Karigundam area after 23 years. The polling process is being held under the security cover by CRPF 150 Battalion and District Force.

Nov 7, 2023 3:40 AM IST

Assembly elections LIVE: Congress candidate in Chhattisgarh Kawasi Lakhma casts his vote

Congress candidate Kawasi Lakhma from Konta constituency casts his vote at a polling booth in Sukma.

Nov 7, 2023 3:32 AM IST

Assembly elections LIVE: No women legislatures in Mizoram assembly at present. Will it change this time?

The present Mizoram assembly doesn’t have any women legislators. Till date, the state has elected just four women MLAs. There are 16 women candidates in the fray this time – three from BJP, two each from Congress, MNF and ZPM and the rest Independents. The most prominent among them is Vanlalawmpuii Chawngtu, a Congress candidate from the Aizawl South-II seat, who had won earlier as well.

Nov 7, 2023 3:23 AM IST

Assembly elections LIVE: 20-20 polling booths in Chhattisgarh managed by ‘divyangjan’ and youth each

Out of the 5,304 polling booths set up for the first phase elections in Chhattisgarh, 200 are 'sangwari' polling stations managed by women staffers, while 20 each are managed by 'divyanjan' (persons with disabilities) and youth, the official said.

Nov 7, 2023 3:09 AM IST

Assembly elections LIVE: Over 10,000 people in Mizoram voted before scheduled date

Around 10,000 voters have already voted before the scheduled date. They include persons who are over 80 years of age or persons with disabilities and service voters or poll personnel who have cast postal ballots.

Nov 7, 2023 2:57 AM IST

Assembly elections LIVE: Congress chief calls for ‘ushering in change’ in Mizoram

Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge urged voters in Mizoram to turn out in large numbers to ‘usher in change’.

"Welcome our first-time voters to participate in this democratic process for a better future. Urge our sisters and brothers of Mizoram to participate in large numbers and usher in change," he wrote on X.

Nov 7, 2023 2:43 AM IST

Assembly elections LIVE: Names of 20 seats went on polls in Chhattisgarh

Key candidates in today's polling in Chhattisgarh are:

Raman Singh (BJP), Bhawna Bohra (BJP), Lata Usendi (BJP), Gautam Uike (BJP), Mohammad Akbar (Congress), Savitri Manoj Mandavi (Congress), Mohan Markam (Congress), Vikram Mandavi (Congress) and Kawasi Lakhma (Congress).

Assembly seats that went on polls today are:

Pandariya

Kawardha

Khairagarh

Dongargarh

Rajnandgaon

Dongargaon

Khujji

Mohla-Manpur

Antagarh

Bhanupratappur

Kanker

Keshkal

Kondagaon

Narayanpur

Bastar

Jagdalpur

Chitrakot

Dantewada

Bijapur

Konta.

Nov 7, 2023 2:29 AM IST

Assembly elections LIVE: CM Zoramthanga confident his party will get absolute majority

Ruling Mizo National Front (MNF) president and Mizoram Chief Minister Zoramthanga on Tuesday exuded confidence that his party would be able to buck anti-incumbency and retain power in the northeastern state.

Voting to elect elect all 40 members to the 9th state assembly is taking place across the state on Tuesday and 174 candidates including 16 women are in the fray. The ruling MNF, opposition Zoram Peoples Movement and Congress are contesting all seats while BJP has fielded candidates in 23.

“I have full confidence that we will be able to form the government with absolute majority,” the 79-year-old told media persons in Aizawl on Tuesday morning ahead of casting his vote in the Aizawl North-II seat. The CM is contesting from the Aizawl East-I seat.

Nov 7, 2023 2:19 AM IST

Assembly elections LIVE: Mizoram CM couldn't cast his vote due to machine failure

CM and MNF president Zoramthanga could not cast a vote; he says, "Because the machine was not working. I was voting for some time. But since the machine could not work I said that I will visit my constituency and vote after the morning meet."

Nov 7, 2023 2:12 AM IST

Assembly elections LIVE: PM Modi urges voters to excercise their franchise

Prime Minister Narendra Modi made an appeal to voters of Mizoram and Chhattisgarh to turn out in strength. Reiterating Home Minister Amit Shah's words, PM Modi urged the youth of Mizoram to vote in large numbers. For Chhattisgarh, he said it is a sacred festival of democracy in the state.

“I request all the voters of the first phase of assembly elections to cast their vote and become participants of this festival. On this occasion, my special congratulations to all the young friends of the state who voted for the first time!” he wrote on X.

Nov 7, 2023 2:04 AM IST

Assembly elections LIVE: Amit Shah urges voters to turn out in strength

Union home minister Amit Shah appealed voters in both Mizoram and Chhattisgarh to excercise their franchise. For Mizoram, he urged everyone, especially the youth, to come out and vote in large numbers. “Each and every vote will lay the foundation of a developed and prosperous Mizoram,” he wrote on X (formerly Twitter).

For Chhattisgarh, he urged people to vote for a government that is dedicated to the ‘welfare of the tribal society, farmers, poor and youth by ending the rule of corruption and scams from the state’.

Nov 7, 2023 1:56 AM IST

Assembly elections LIVE: Mizoram CM Zoramthanga casts his vote

Mizoram chief minister Zoramthanga reached 19-Aizawl Venglai-I YMA Hall polling station in Aizawl North-II assembly constituency to cast his vote.

Nov 7, 2023 1:52 AM IST

Assembly elections LIVE: CRPF soldier injured after IED blast in Chhattisgarh

One jawan of CRPF CoBRA Battalion injured in an IED blast triggered by naxals in Tondamarka area of Sukma. The jawan was deployed for election duty: Sukma SP Kiran Chavan

Nov 7, 2023 1:46 AM IST

Assembly elections LIVE: 30 polling stations in Mizoram's border areas declared critical, vulnerable

A total of 1,276 polling stations have been set up across Mizoram. 149 of them are set up in remote areas, wheres, 30 along the inter-state and international borders have been declared critical and vulnerable.

The 510-km-long international border with Myanmar and the 318-km boundary with Bangladesh have been sealed ahead of the polling of assembly constituencies.

Nov 7, 2023 1:38 AM IST

Assembly elections LIVE: Polling in both states begins

Voting for the first phase of assembly elections in Chhattisgarh and single-phase polls in Mizoram began at 7 am, kick-starting the 5-state assembly election for this month.