The Chhattisgarh Assembly has 90 seats, and 18 seats in Bastar, where Left Wing extremists have influence.
It has been a 15-year rule of Raman Singh-led Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government in the state. The last two elections have been won or lost by a difference in vote share between the top two major parties by one percentage point or less.
The 2018 polls see a new drawing board, new alliances and new equations. A three-cornered contest, with Ajit Jogi-led Janata Congress Chhattisgarh, Bahujan Samaj Party and Communist Party of India alliance also in the fray.
Campaign ends for Chhattisgarh assembly polls phase one: Red terror, poverty in focus. The campaign for assembly elections on 18 seats concluded on Saturday. Polling personnel have started leaving for difficult and remote areas by helicopters to hold the polls on November 12. The second and final phase of the polls in the state are slated for November 20. On December 11 the announcement of the results of Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Telangana and Mizoram together will be made.
As Indian National Congress promised a loan waiver for farmers, other political parties went all out to mobilise votes in favour of their candidates by rallies and road shows on the last day of the campaign.
BJP national president Amit Shah organised a road show at Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh’s constituency Rajnandgaon.
The BJP is looking at continuing its winning spree, while its opponents want to end it. Invariably, the major contestents trade allegations against each other led by their leaders with naxal violence and under development never far from the public eye.