1. Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh witness a high-stakes battle between BJP and Congress.
2. Chhattisgarh’s second-phase polls involve 958 candidates competing for 70 assembly seats.
3. Madhya Pradesh sees over 2,000 candidates vying for the 230 seats in the state assembly.
Raipur, Nov 17: Voters in Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh currently participate in a high-stakes battle between the BJP and Congress. Chhattisgarh is in the midst of its second-phase polls, featuring 958 candidates vying for 70 assembly seats across 19 districts. In Madhya Pradesh, over 2,000 candidates compete for the 230 seats in the state assembly.
- Prominent leaders like Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan and state Congress chief Kamal Nath are contesting in today’s polls.
- In Chhattisgarh, the Patan constituency is witnessing a triangular battle between the ruling Congress, BJP, and Janata Congress Chhattisgarh.
- After casting his vote, Kamal Nath expressed confidence that people are dissatisfied with corruption, unemployment, and other issues, emphasizing that the decision is in the hands of the voters.
- Chouhan, welcomed by a large crowd in Sehore, visited a temple with his wife Sadhna Singh. The video shared showed tilaks being applied as his wife fed sweets to the women.
- Chaos erupted in Morena district, Madhya Pradesh, with firing reported in Mirgham village and attempts to influence voting, leading to injuries in a stampede.
- The BJP aims to retain power in Madhya Pradesh, relying on the success of implemented schemes, while the Congress hopes to capitalize on anti-incumbency and corruption accusations against Chouhan.
- Notable candidates include Chouhan from the Budhni constituency, actor Vikram Mastal against him, former Union Minister Narendra Singh Tomar, Union Minister Prahlad Singh Patel, and Congress’s Kamal Nath.
- In Chhattisgarh, Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel faces a tough fight against his nephew Vijay Baghel and Janata Congress Chhattisgarh’s Amit Jogi in the Patan constituency.
- The state is voting for the second phase, with key constituencies like Ambikapur, Raipur City South, Korba, Sakti, Durg Rural, and Lormi.
- Security concerns have been raised with Naxalites triggering low-intensity IED blasts in Chhattisgarh’s Dhamtari region, and incidents of chaos, such as stones being pelted on Congress candidate Vikrant Bhuria’s vehicle in Madhya Pradesh’s Jhabua.
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As the elections unfold, both states are witnessing intense political activity and keenly contested battles between the major political parties.