Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday kickstarted his election campaign for upcoming Assembly elections in Chhattisgarh from Jagdalpur. The prime minister arrived at Raipur airport and then took a helicopter to Jagdalpur, the headquarters of Naxal-hit Bastar district. Chhattisgarh will go to polls in two phases on November 12 and November 20. The counting of votes will be held on December 11 and a total of1,291 candidates are in the fray.
The first phase will see 18 seats of eight Naxal-affected districts go to polls. Of these, 12 are Scheduled Tribe seats while one is a Scheduled Caste-reserved seat. The ruling BJP had lost 12 of the 18 seats in the 2013 Assembly polls. The remaining 72 constituencies will go to polls in the second phase. In the 2013 Assembly polls, the BJP had won 49 seats, Congress 39, BSP 1 and Independent 1 in the 90-member House.
Here are the LIVE updates:
Please come in large numbers and vote for the 'Lotus' following the slogan "baar baar BJP" on Novermber 12: PM Modi
Maoists are killing innocent people, they are killing our jawans but Congress calls them revolutionaries. How can Congress call them revolutionaries?: PM Modi
A brave and innocent cameraman from DD, Achutyanand Sahu was killed by Maoists. Recently our valiant jawans were also martyred in encounter with Maoists,&for Congress party these Maoists are revolutionaries? What sort of vocabulary is this?: PM Modi
A brave and innocent cameraman from DD, Achutyanand Sahu was killed by Maoists. Recently our valiant jawans were also martyred in encounter with Maoists,&for Congress party these Maoists are revolutionaries? What sort of vocabulary is this?: PM Modi #ChhattisgarhElections2018 pic.twitter.com/agtCrvvTrj— ANI (@ANI) November 9, 2018
Congress sees people only as vote banks: PM
I don't know why Congress makes fun of adivasis. Once I had gone for a rally to the Northeast of our country and there had worn a traditional adivasi headgear but Congress leaders made fun of that hat, it was an insult of adivasi culture: PM Modi
Congress can no longer mislead the country: PM
Congress mocks Adivasis and their culture: PM
Congress thinks only of the Gandhis, BJP thinks of people: PM Modi
Atal Bihari Vajpayee was the first PM of the country to make a separate ministry for the Tribals: PM
Do you want a govt that works or a govt that doesn't work: PM Modi
You can see development in every corner of the state: PM Modi
My government has done more than all Congress governments. I have kept the promise of road and rail connectivity: Narendra Modi
Manmohan Singh government obstructed Raman Singh's development plan. For 10 years, Congress was at the Centre, but they never paid attention to the needs of Chhattisgarh and blocked all development for the state. They never thought of the region's progress: PM Modi
The day is not very far when Chhattisgarh will reach to such heights that people from different parts of the country will come here seeking employment, income opportunities: PM Modi
I will not rest till we fulfil Atal Bihari Vajpayee's I will not rest till we fulfil Atal Bihari Vajpayee's: PM
Want to make Chhattisgarh one of the most developed states of the country: PM Narendra Modi
We don’t discriminate on the basis of gender and caste. We believe in sabka sath, sabka vikas. My government wants progress for everybody: PM Modi
Earlier, elections were all about a person's candidate, caste and family. Now everyone thinks of bringing development to his own place: PM Modi
urge the people of Bastar to teach a fitting lesson to the Congress leaders, who on one hand try to shield the urban Maoists, and in Chhattisgarh, they speak about freeing the state from Maoists: PM Modi
I urge the people of Bastar to teach a fitting lesson to the Congress leaders, who on one hand try to shield the urban Maoists, and in Chhattisgarh, they speak about freeing the state from Maoists: PM Modi #ChhattisgarhElections2018 pic.twitter.com/a7r5wjxKXN— ANI (@ANI) November 9, 2018
Rapid development of Chhttisgarh is BJP's key agenda: PM
Urban Maoists live in AC surroundings, move around in big cars and their children study abroad, but they ruin the lives of our poor Adivasi youth here through remote control. Why is Congress supporting these Urban Maoists?
Opposition backing urban Naxals: PM Modi
Urban Naxals remote-controlling killings in Bastar: PM
Urban Naxalites destroying dreams of the children of Bastar: PM
Opposition disrupting government's crackdown on Naxals.
Naxals are exploiting the poor and the tribals. We have to save Bastar. We have to create a new Bastar: PM Modi
Caste dominated the politics of Chhattisgarh, but not anymore: PM
BJP will wipe out poverty from Bastar: Narendra Modi
I am committed to Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas: PM
Have visited Chhattisgarh more than any other Prime Minister and I have never returned empty-handed from the state: PM Modi
PM Modi thanks the people of Jagdalpur for comming in such large numbers even on an important day as Bhai Dooj.
Looking forward to addressing a rally in Jagdalpur.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) November 9, 2018
BJP has assiduously served the people of Chhattisgarh for the last 15 years and I am sure the people will again bless our Party in the coming polls. @BJP4CGState https://t.co/FJc59jq3pb