Phase 1 of the Chhattisgarh Assembly elections: Twelve Assembly seats from the Bastar division are among the 20 constituencies that will vote in the first phase.
On November 7, Chhattisgarh will hold the first round of voting for its 90-seat Assembly. For the first phase of voting covering 20 Assembly seats, 5,304 polling booths have been set up.
Over 40 lakh voters will vote in Naxal-affected areas in the first phase, deciding the political fate of 223 candidates, including 25 women. Phase 1 of the Chhattisgarh Assembly elections
To guarantee a seamless polling procedure, Approximately 60,000 security guards have been stationed in the Bastar division, with 20,000 coming from the State police and 40,000 from the Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF). The security apparatus will also include women commandos and members of the elite anti-Naxal unit CoBRA, according to the police.
The ruling Congress’ manifesto for the 2023 election promises loan waivers for farmers, ₹3,200 per quintal for paddy, and subsidized cooking gas cylinders for women. While farm loan waivers were not mentioned in the BJP’s manifesto, the saffron party did include paddy procurement at 3,100 per quintal and cooking gas cylinders at 500 to poor families, in addition to financial assistance to married women and landless agricultural laborers. Both parties are also aggressively courting Other Backward Class (OBC) voters, who make up a sizable portion of the population in Bastar division areas voting today.
The Congress won 17 of the 20 seats up for grabs in the first phase of the Assembly elections in 2018.
The House of Representatives has 71 seats out of a total of 90. The second round of voting for 70 seats will be held on November 17, with results expected on December 3.