It is the D- Day for the ruling Raman Singh’s BJP government in Chhattisgarh as people have voted in the first phase of the 2018 Assembly elections. The elections on the backdrop of naxal attacks had got off to a rather slow start to begin with.
Polling in 18 assembly constituencies in the first phase of the Chhattisgarh elections began on a slow note Monday with about 14 per cent of the electorate casting their votes in the first few hours, a poll official said. The second phase of the polls will be on the 20th of this month.
According to various media reports, who were keeping a close tab on the first phase of polling, a healthy 25.15% voter turnout has been recorded till 1 pm in the first phase of the Chhattisgarh Assembly Elections even as two CoBRA personnel were injured in an exchange of fire with Naxals in Bijapur district.
As the first phase drew to a close the Election Commission said that a voting turnout of 70 per cent was recorded in the first phase of Chhattisgarh elections.
An improvised explosive device was detonated early morning in Dantewada district by Naxals, who had called for a boycott of the polls, police said. Voting in nine seats of Bastar division and one seat in Rajnandgaon district began at 7 am while in the other eight seats, it started at 8 am.
Image: In Sukma, a 103-year-old woman, Soni Bai, exercised her voting rights at a polling booth in Gorgunda’s Devarpalli. His son carried her to the polling station