STATE NEWS – Chhattisgarh
Chhattisgarh Assembly Election LIVE updates: Over 50% polling recorded across the state in the second phase; parties spar over faulty EVMs
After a slow start, polling has picked up at 14 constituencies in the Durg division, with 28% turnout recorded till 1 pm. The District Election Office said that the Daundi Lohara Assembly constituency has registered the highest voter turnout until of 48% at 1 pm and the lowest turnout in the division has been recorded at 29% in Saja.
‘Khel-Kumbh-2018’ from December 2
Sports and Youth Welfare Department Director Dharmesh Kumar Sahu informed that as per schedule, State-level hockey tournament for boys and girls would be held on December 2 and 3, Athletics on December 5 and 6, Volleyball on December 8 and 9, Basketball on December 11 and 12, Kho-kho on December 14 and 15, Tug of War and weightlifting on December 16 and 17. He directed all the sports officers of districts not to send the entire team altogether. Instead, send teams as per scheduled dates of the particular event. The students should be sent to Raipur with registration details from each district. In athletics, the winners would only be entertained for the State-level event. The sports officers should ensure that players are not overage, it has been cautioned. The players arriving from different districts would be provided boarding and other facilities in Raipur during their stay.
Chhattisgarh election 2018: Campaign ends for the first phase, Maoist issue dominates
A high-decibel election campaign dominated by the Naxal issue with nearly half a dozen attacks by Left-wing extremists during the period came to end Saturday evening in 18 Assembly seats spread across eight Maoist-affected districts of Chhattisgarh that will go to polls in the first phase on November 12. The BJP, which has won three consecutive elections in the state, and the Congress fielded their top leaders for the campaign, with Congress chief Rahul Gandhi, BJP national president Amit Shah and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath seeking to woo voters with rallies and road-shows on the last day.
SHOCKING! Naxals using dummies to confuse and ambush security forces in Chhattisgarh
Security forces fighting Naxals in Maoist-affected states have come across a new trick by the outlawed to confuse the armed personnel. It has been reported that dummies of Naxals carrying fake weapons have been recovered from the Sukma district of Chhattisgarh. The move is being seen as a bid by the Naxals to confuse the security personnel and make them fire unnecessarily.
Chhattisgarh: Ballots over Bullets
The first phase of polling held on November 12, 2018, in 18 Assembly seats spread across eight Districts recorded a comparable 76.39 percent polling. During the 2013 Assembly Polls, these 18 Assembly constituencies recorded a 75.53 percent voter turnout. These 18 constituencies lie in the troubled Bastar Division, where the Maoists conserve the largest proportion of their surviving capacities and operational capabilities. After completion of both phases of the 2018 Assembly elections, the average voter turnout stood at 76.35 percent. During 2013, Chhattisgarh had recorded 77 percent of overall polling.