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Chhattisgarh Assembly Elections 2018: All you need to know

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The polling in Chhattisgarh will be held in two phase i.e. on November 12 for 18 assembly seats and November 20 for the remaining 72 seats.

 

The election commission on Saturday announced the dates for polling in the five states- Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh, Mizoram, and Telangana for the assembly elections. The Chief Election Commissioner OP Rawat informed that the polling in Chhattisgarh will be held in two phase i.e. on November 12 for 18 assembly seats and November 20 for the remaining 72 seats.

The gazette notification for the first phase will be sent in the state on October 16. The last date of filing nominations is October 23 while the last date of withdrawal of nomination is October 26. For the second phase, the gazette notification will be sent on October 26. The last date of filing nominations is November 2 while the last date of withdrawal of nomination is November 5. The counting of the votes will take place on December 11.

Here is everything you need to know about the state:

Demographics:

As per details from Census 2011, Chhattisgarh has a population of 2.56 Crores, an increase from figure of 2.08 Crore in 2001 census. Total population of Chhattisgarh is 2,55,45,198 of which male and female are 1,28,32,895 and 1,27,12,303 respectively. The population of Chhattisgarh forms 2.11 percent of India. According to a report by the government of India, at least 34% are Scheduled Tribes, 12% are Scheduled Castes and over 50% belong to the official list of Other Backward Classes. The plains are numerically dominated by castes such as TeliSatnami, and Kurmi; while forest areas are mainly occupied by tribes such as Gond, Halbi, Halba and Kamar/Bujia and Oraon. A large community of Bengalis has existed in major cities.

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Out of the total population of Chhattisgarh, 23.24% people live in urban regions. The total figure of population living in urban areas is 59,37,237 of which 3,035,469 are males and while remaining 2,901,768 are females. The urban population in the last 10 years has increased by 23.24 percent. On the other hand, the total rural population in Chhattisgarh is 1,96,07,961 i.e. 76.76 % of the total population.

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According to the 2011 census, the majority of the Chhattisgarh’s population i.e. 93.25% practiced Hinduism, while 2% followed Islam, 1.92% followed Christianity. While Buddhist, Sikhs comprise 0.27% of the population, Jains are 0.24%.  Sarnaism is the indigenous religion followed by the indigenous tribes of the state which comprises 3.01% of the population.

Voter Population:

The total number of electors as per draft electoral rolls is 1,81,80,422. However, the total number of electors as per final electoral rolls in Chhattisgarh is 1,85,45,819. According to 2013 Election Commission data, total number of electors were 1,68,95,762. Out of this, 8586556 were male, 8308557 were female and 649 were the third gender.

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Constituencies:

The total assembly constituencies in Chhattisgarh are 90. Out of the total, 51 seats are available for general candidates, 10 seats are reserved for Schedules Caste candidates and 29 seats are reserved for Scheduled Caste candidates.

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Major Political Parties:

There are total six national parties in the state including Bharatiya Janata Party, Bahujan Samaj Party, Communist Party of India, Communist Party of India (Marxist), Indian National Congress and Nationalist Congress Party. There are as many as five regional parties including Janata Dal (Secular), Janata Dal (United), Samajwadi Party, Shivsena, etc.

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Chhattisgarh Assembly Elections 2013 result:

In the 2013 Chhattisgarh Assembly elections, Bharatiya Janata Party won 49 seats claiming the CM post while Indian National Congress won 39 seats. BSP and Independent candidate 1 seat each.The total votes polled for BJP were 5,365,272 with 41% vote share while total votes polled for Congress were 5,267,698 with 40.3% vote share. BSP received 5,58,424 votes with only 4.3 vote share.

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Prominent Leaders:

Congress:

The Congress will project more than one probable chief minister in Chhattisgarh ahead of the assembly polls to woo the state’s powerful other backward classes (OBCs). Kurmis and Sahus are two dominant communities among OBCs and account for around 36% of the state’s population.

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Bupesh Bhagel, a Kurmi, and Tamradhwaj Sahu will be among the prominent faces for the party’s election campaign, the leaders said. Sahu is a member of the Congress Working Committee (CWC), the party’s highest decision-making body, while Bhagel is the party’s state chief.

 

BJP:

One of the most famous and powerful political leaders in Chhattisgarh, Raman Singh is a member of the Bharatiya Janata Party and is also currently serving as the Chief Minister of Chhattisgarh. He won re-election in 2013 for his third tenure as CM of Chhattisgarh. He launched various schemes a few months before the elections to woo tribals, youngsters and women. The most important is the SKY scheme, which aims to distribute 5 million smartphones.

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Janata Congress:

Ajit Jogi who has been a Chief Minister of the state when he was a Congress member, founded Janata Congress after breaking away from the party. However, he still is a popular face in Chhattisgarh and his alliance with BSP is speculated to impact more than a dozen seats in the state.

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Modi arrogant, country can’t be run by a single person: Rahul

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Bhilai | Congress president Rahul Gandhi Wednesday accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of being arrogant, adding the latter “doesn’t understand that India has progressed due to the sweat and blood of the common man”.

Addressing a campaign rally here for the second phase of Assembly polls in Chhattisgarh, Gandhi said the country can’t be run by a single person or a party. “The common citizens have given their sweat and blood for development of the country. The prime minister doesn’t seem to understand this because he is arrogant,” he told the gathering.

“When Modi spoke from the ramparts of the Red Fort in Delhi that before he became the prime minister in 2014, the elephant (India) was sleeping, he was insulting people of the country,” Gandhi said.

“By making such comments, he has insulted you, the workers of Bhilai steel plant who have worked here since 1955,” Gandhi said.

Gandhi spoke of “two Indias coexisting”, saying “One India is of the rich: Anil Ambani, Mehul Choksi, Nirav Modi, Vijay Mallya and another India is of common people like you and me – farmers and labourers. We don’t want this. We have one ‘tiranga’ (national tricolour) and the country should also be one,” he said.

“If the rich are given benefits, the common people should also get the same. If you don’t want to waive loans of farmers, you should not do so for the rich as well. For a handful of rich whose NPAs total Rs 12 lakh crore, Rs 3.5 lakh crore have been waived off,” he said.

Targeting Modi, Gandhi asked the audience to question him when he visits them next.

“On my behalf, ask Modiji why doesn’t he speak of the promises he made in 2014 about depositing Rs 15 lakh in your bank accounts, about giving employment to two crore people, fair price for farmers produce and about being the ‘chowkidar’ of the country,” he said.

Modi did ‘chowkidari’ of Anil Ambani and made crores of honest ordinary citizens stand in queues outside banks, he said.

“Rs 30,000 crore was given to Ambani in the Rafale deal. This is the truth of the ‘chowkidar”, Gandhi said.

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Rafale probe will throw up names of Modi, Ambani: Rahul Gandhi

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Kabirdham/Korba | A probe into the procurement of Rafale fighter jets from France would throw up names of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Anil Ambani, Congress president Rahul Gandhi said on Wednesday.

Addressing a campaign rally here for the second phase of Assembly polls, Gandhi also claimed the NDA government bought the planes at Rs 1,600 crore a piece as against the Rs 526 crore for each aircraft fixed by the Congress-led UPA government. Gandhi’s comments came on a day the Supreme Court said a discussion on the pricing of the Rafale jets can only take place if the facts of the deal are allowed to come into the public domain.

The apex court, which began its hearing on pleas seeking a court-monitored probe into the procurement of 36 Rafale fighter jets from France, also said it would like to hear from an Air Force officer and not an official of the Defence Ministry. “The CBI director (Alok Verma) initiated a probe in the Rafale deal. The prime minister removed him at 12 in the night. I am telling you, the day a probe will begin in Rafale deal, two names will surface: Anil Ambani and Narendra Modi,” Gandhi told the gathering.

On former French president Francois Hollande’s comments in French media that the Indian government had proposed Reliance Defence as partner for Dassault Aviation in the deal and that France did not have a choice, Gandhi said Modi named Ambani’s company as Dassault’s partner in the Rs 58,000 crore Rafale deal.

The Modi government chose Ambani’s “inexperienced” company over the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) which has a long experience in aerospace and defence sector, Gandhi said. There was no reaction from the government or the BJP on the fresh charges, though they have previously rejected all allegations over the Rafale deal.

On demonetisation, Gandhi said the poor suffered due to the move and that no billionaire or “thieves with black money” had to queue up outside banks to exchange notes after the old Rs 500 and Rs 1000 currency notes were declared invalid by Modi on November 8, 2016. Gandhi termed demonetisation as the “biggest scam” of the country.

“There has been no bigger scam than this (note ban). The truth will come out. It will be proved that Modi made the move to snatch money from the poor and put it in the pockets of thieves like Nirav Modi, Anil Ambani and Mehul Choksi,” he said.

Terming the prime minister as corrupt, Gandhi accused him of not taking action against Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh’s son Abhishek, whose name he said figured in the Panama Papers.

Invoking his family ties with the state, the Congress chief said the relationship was of love and not politics. “We have old ties with you. Jawaharlal Nehruji, Indiraji, Rajivji, Soniaji had family ties with Chhattisgarh. It was a relationship of love and not politics,” he said. He accused the BJP-led state government of forcibly acquiring lands of farmers, adding the Congress, if elected to power, would not snatch land from peasants.

The Congress president also promised to install a “people’s government” in Chhattisgarh and accused the ruling BJP of destroying the state in its 15-year rule. The state was among the richest in the country in terms of water, forest, mines and minerals but its people have remained poor due to the policies of the BJP government, he said.

Lands of locals in the tribal-dominated state were taken away to set up industries, he said. But when the units were not set up, the lands were not returned, he added. Polling for the second phase in 72 seats, out of the total 90-member Assembly, will take place on November 20 and the counting of votes will be held on December 11.

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Six security personnel injured in IED blast in Chhattisgarh

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Raipur | Five security personnel, including four BSF jawans, and a civilian were injured when Naxals blew up a truck with an IED in Chhattisgarh’s Bijapur district on Wednesday, a senior police official said.

The incident took place around 9 am at Bijapur Ghati, located around 7 km from Bijapur town, Deputy Inspector General (anti-Naxal operations), Sundarraj P told PTI. “Four Border Security Force (BSF) personnel, belonging to 414th battalion, a District Reserve Guard (DRG) jawan, and a civilian, who was driving the vehicle, received injuries in the improvised explosive device (IED) blast,” he said.

Reinforcement was rushed to the spot and the injured persons were shifted to a local hospital, he said, adding that a search operation was underway in the region. Bijapur is located around 450 km from the state capital Raipur.

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