The extraordinary campaigning for the second and closing part of Chhattisgarh polls, scheduled for November 17, concluded on Wednesday night. The marketing campaign witnessed bitter exchanges between the ruling Congress and the opposition BJP.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi performed a outstanding function within the BJP’s marketing campaign, addressing 4 well-attended rallies for the second part. The main target of the marketing campaign was on concentrating on Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel’s authorities, notably over corruption allegations such because the Mahadev betting app rip-off and recruitment scandal, in addition to points associated to Naxalism.
Union ministers Amit Shah, Rajnath Singh, and Smriti Irani, together with BJP president JP Nadda and Assam CM Himanta Biswa Sarma, actively campaigned for the saffron celebration. Their criticisms have been directed at Baghel over the alleged betting app rip-off and “religious” conversion whereas accusing the ruling Congress of partaking in appeasement politics.
BJP leaders claimed that the Congress had been battered within the first part of polls and can be worn out within the second.
Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge, senior leaders like Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi and CM Baghel led the marketing campaign for the ruling celebration and mounted a counter-offensive claiming that their celebration is anxious in regards to the curiosity of the poor whereas the BJP-led Centre solely works for the welfare of the wealthy.
Congress based mostly its marketing campaign on a slew of welfare schemes rolled out by the Baghel authorities for farmers, girls, tribals and Dalits, and accused the Centre of “handing over” sources to “industrialist friends”. It has tried to woo farmers with a promise of mortgage waiver, additionally made by it in 2018, and Different Backward Castes (OBCs) with the promise of caste census.
Notably, Baghel on Sunday introduced that if his celebration retains energy within the state, girls within the state would get annual monetary help of Rs 15,000.
The announcement, which got here simply forward of the second part of Chhattisgarh elections on November 17, is being seen as a counter to the opposition BJP’s promise in its ballot manifesto of giving Rs 12,000 per 12 months to married girls, which, in line with political observers, might work within the favour of the saffron celebration.
Of the 90 meeting constituencies within the state, the second part of voting might be held within the 70 unfold in 22 districts of the state on Friday. The time of polling in all 70 constituencies is from 8 am to five pm, besides 9 polling cubicles within the Naxal-affected Bindranawagarh seat in Rajim district, the place voting might be held from 7 am to three pm.
The polling cubicles in Bindranawagarh seat the place voting might be held from 7 am to three pm are Kamarbhaudi, Amamora, Odh, Bade Gobra, Ganwargaon, Gariba, Nagesh, Sahbinkachhar and Kodomali.
Campaigning in these polling station areas ended at 3 pm, whereas it went on until 5 pm at different locations.
Within the second part, the political destiny of 958 candidates, together with 827 males, 130 girls and one transgender, might be determined by an estimated 1,63,14,479 voters, together with 81,41,624 male, 81,72,171 feminine and 684 third-gender. As many as 18,833 polling cubicles have been arrange for the second part.
Of those polling cubicles, 700 are ‘sangwari’ cubicles which might be managed by girls polling personnel, an official stated.
At 26, the Raipur Metropolis West seat has the best variety of contestants, whereas it’s the lowest within the Daundilohara constituency the place 4 candidates are within the fray.
Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel (Patan seat), meeting speaker Charan Das Mahant (Sakti), Deputy CM TS Singh Deo (Ambikapur) and eight state ministers, together with Tamrdhwaj Sahu (Durg Rural) and Ravindra Choubey (Saja), are amongst outstanding candidates from Congress within the first part.
From BJP, state chief and MP Arun Sao (Lormi), chief of opposition Narayan Chandel (Janjgir-Champa), Union minister of State for Tribal Affairs Renuka Singh (Bharatpur-Sonhat-ST), MP Gomti Sai (Pathalgaon-ST), senior MLA and former ministers Brijmohan Agrawal (Raipur South), Ajay Chandrakar (Kurud) and Punnulal Mohile (Mungeli) are amongst key candidates for the November 17 elections.
Chief Minister Baghel has been contesting from his conventional Patan seat the place BJP has fielded his distant nephew and celebration MP Vijay Baghel. The entry of Janata Congress Chhattisgarh (J) state president and son of former chief minister Ajit Jogi, Amit Jogi, within the fray from Patan has added one other dimension to the competition.
BJP has fielded a recent face, Rajesh Agrawal, towards TS Singh Deo in Ambikapur. Agrawal had joined the BJP, quitting Congress forward of meeting polls in 2018. On the final day of campaigning, Amit Shah, JP Nadda, Himanta Biswa Sarma and Rahul Gandhi have been among the many outstanding leaders who canvassed for his or her respective events.
Within the earlier meeting polls in 2018, Congress had gained 51 of those 70 constituencies, whereas BJP ended up with 13 and Janata Congress Chhattisgarh (J), or JCC (J), 4 and Bahujan Samaj Occasion (BSP) two. Congress later gained yet another seat within the bypoll.
The primary part of elections on 20 seats was held on November 7, which noticed a excessive voter turnout of 78 per cent.
The Congress had registered a landslide victory within the 2018 polls, profitable 68 seats, and comfortably fashioned the federal government. The BJP was lowered to fifteen seats, whereas the JCC (J) and the BSP bagged 5 and a couple of seats, respectively.
The present power of the Congress is 71.
With PTI inputs.