Chhattisgarh Election 2018: Voters to exercise their vote right are coming out in great numbers for Assembly elections in Chhattisgarh despite Maoists call for a boycott.
Voting began in 18 of 90 constituencies in Chhattisgarh today, more than 70% turnout for phase 1 of voting. The security forces are using drones to keep vigil in polling districts, 6 Maoists killed in two encounters. Both ruling BJP and Congress have aggressively campaigned and are hopeful of a good show in the first phase, PM Narendra Modi and Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath have accused Congress of supporting “urban Naxals”. Second phase of the Chhattisgarh election will be held on November 20 and the votes will be counted on December 11.
EC official Sudeep Jain clarified that only 1 % of the EVMs, 1.9 % VVPATs was changed after malfunctioned.
In a three-way contest — an alliance of the Communist Party of India (CPI), Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) and former Congress chief minister Ajit Jogi’s Janta Congress Chhattisgarh (JCC) — will be playing a crucial role in making the goverment.
Second phase of Chhattisgarh assembly election 2018 will be held on November 20 and the votes will be counted on December 11 along with that of of Mizoram, Madhya Pradesh, Telangana and Rajasthan where assembly polls will be held over coming weeks.