Chhattisgarh polls: More violence as Bastar votes today, may hold key to next govt

18 seats, including CM Raman’s, in 1st phase of polling; Congress holds 12

Chhattisgarh Assembly Polls 2018 LIVE: First phase of polling to happen today in Naxal-hit areas

Live updates of the first phase of voting for the 2018 Chhattisgarh Assembly polls. Congress is hoping to out Chief Minister Raman Singh-led BJP government, which has been in power in the state for 15 years

Chhattisgarh's Red Belt Votes Today As BJP Fights For 4th Term: 10 Points

Eighteen constituencies in the Maoist-hit areas of Chhattisgarh will vote today under heavy security cover, flagging off the last round of assembly polls before next year's general elections. The remaining 72 constituencies will vote on November 20. The Raman Singh government, which has been in power for three consecutive terms, is seeking a fourth mandate. The Congress hopes to recapture power claiming huge anti-incumbency. Former Chief Minister Ajit Jogi's new party is also in fray, in alliance with Mayawati's Bahujan Samaj Party. The Congress, which failed to seal a deal with the Dalit powerhouse, fears the combination will dent its chances.

Read more about Madhya Pradesh polls: BJP's politics turns cow into party campaigner on Business Standard. Vyapam scam whistleblower Dr Anand Rai tweeted a picture, which is said to have been taken in the capital city of Bhopal

Huge allegation by Congress MP on eve of Chhattisgarh polls, says BJP planning to ‘murder democracy’ using government machinery

Huge allegation by Congress MP PL Punia on eve of Chhattisgarh polls, says BJP planning to rig polls using government machinery

Chhattisgarh elections: Hours before voting, Congress state VP ditches party to join BJP

Ghanaram Sahu will join the Bharatiya Janata Party on Monday in the presence of party chief Amit Shah. According to initial reports, Sahu was unhappy over not getting a ticket from Durg City constituency.  

Madhya Pradesh Assembly Elections 2018: BJP vs BJP in several party strongholds Madhya Pradesh Assembly Elections 2018: BJP vs BJP in several party strongholds

In Madhya Pradesh, the BJP is facing rough weather in a few seats it has been holding for the past two decades. Two former MPs, two former Ministers and several sitting and former MLAs who were denied

Despite Naxal Threat, Chhattisgarh Poll Officers Firm On Executing Duties

Crossing rivers barefoot, wading through jungles just sanitised by the accompanying security personnel and even airdropped by choppers into the Naxal-affected interiors, many on poll duty in Chhattisgarh feel like the real-life version of the protagonist from Bollywood dark comedy "Newton", while some feel more like a revolutionary like Bhagat Singh. They are public sector undertaking (PSU) employees, teachers, anganwadi and panchayat workers, among numerous others braving the treacherous terrain of the infamous Bastar region, which appear even more dangerous after a recent spurt in Naxal attacks ahead of the polls.

Chhattisgarh elections: Nearly 1 lakh security personnel deployed ahead of polling day

Voters will elect candidates for 18 seats spread over eight Naxal-affected areas on November 12.

Chhattisgarh assembly polls: Drones, one lakh security personnel deployed for 1st phase

The first phase of voting in Chhattisgarh assembly elections will cover 18 constituencies with over 31 lakh people eligible to cast their vote.

Liquor ban, free rice: Promises galore as Chhattisgarh goes to polls tomorrow

The remaining 72 seats of Chhattisgarh assembly will go to vote on November 20 as part of a multi-phased voting across five states.