Chhattisgarh election Phase 2 updates | 68.15% voter turnout recorded

The second phase of voting in Chhattisgarh was held in 70 Assembly constituencies out of the 90 in the State in 22 districts

Updated - November 17, 2023 08:10 pm IST

Published - November 17, 2023 06:21 am IST

Voters stand in a queue to cast their vote for the second phase of the Chhattisgarh Assembly elections, in Gariaband on Friday.

Voters stand in a queue to cast their vote for the second phase of the Chhattisgarh Assembly elections, in Gariaband on Friday. | Photo Credit: ANI

The second phase of polling in Chhattisgarh, to its 90-seat Assembly on November 17, was held in 70 Assembly constituencies spread over 22 districts in the State. According to the Election Commission, tentative turnout recorded till 5 p.m. was 68.15%. Polling was held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. except for nine polling booths in the Naxal-affected Bindranawagarh seat in Rajim district, where voting was held from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.

A jawan of the Indo Tibetan Border Police was killed in a blast triggered by Naxalites in Gariaband district when a polling team being escorted by security personnel was returning after conducting voting, officials said.

The electoral fate of many prominent candidates, including the Chief Minister, his deputy T.S. Singh Deo, and BJP State president Arun Sao will be determined in this phase. Voting in 20 seats of Chhattisgarh took place on November 7 in the first phase of polling in the State.

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The polling booths in the Bindranawagarh seat are Kamarbhaudi, Amamora, Odh, Bade Gobra, Ganwargaon, Gariba, Nagesh, Sahbinkachhar and Kodomali.

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In the 2018 Assembly polls, the Congress had won 17 out of the 20 seats that will go to polls in the first phase. The Congress has 71 seats in the 90-member House. The second phase of polls to 70 seats will take place on November 17, while results will be counted on December 3.

Here are the updates:

  • November 17, 2023 20:09
    68.15% voter turnout recorded in 2nd phase of Chhattisgarh polls for 70 seats - PTI
  • November 17, 2023 19:10
    Voting percentage likely to go up

    The voting percentage is likely to “go upwards” when reports from all the polling stations, including those in the interiors, are obtained, the poll panel said.

    Voters reaching the polling stations till the end of the polling hours are allowed to exercise their franchise, the EC noted, adding that the final figures will be known by Saturday after a scrutiny of the polling-related documents.

    - PTI

  • November 17, 2023 18:46
    Scenes from outside a polling booth today in Chhattisgarh’s Surguja district
  • November 17, 2023 18:27
    ITBP jawan killed in blast triggered by Naxalites in Chhattisgarh’s Gariaband

    A jawan of the Indo Tibetan Border Police was killed in a blast triggered by Naxalites in Chhattisgarh’s Gariaband district, where polling was held today.

    The incident took place near Bade Gobra village when a polling team, escorted by security personnel, was returning after conducting voting, a senior police official said.

    The Naxalites triggered a blast that left an ITBP personnel, identified as Head Constable Joginder Singh, dead, he said.

    - PTI

  • November 17, 2023 18:16
    67.34% voter turnout recorded till 5 p.m.

    Chhattisgarh recorded 67.34% voter turnout till 5 pm in the second phase of State Assembly polls, the Election Commission informed.

    Ambikapur recorded a voter turnout of 65.05% whereas Bharatpur Sonhat recorded 67.94%. Bilaspur recorded 56.28. Till 5 pm, the maximum voter turn out has been recorded in the Kurud constituency with 82.60%, as per Election Commission.

    The election body stated that that history has been created as for the first time, all the polling booths in the Raipur North Assembly Constituency in Chhattisgarh were staffed and managed completely by women polling personnel.

    - ANI

  • November 17, 2023 17:57
    ITBP jawan killed in blast triggered by Naxalites in Chhattisgarh’s Gariaband district amid polling - PTI
  • November 17, 2023 17:54
    Chhattisgarh Assembly polls: Know the numbers from previous elections

    The BJP controlled the Assembly from 2003 to 2018. In 2018, the INC won the election in a landslide victory. That election broadened the previously narrowing victory margins from 0.74% in 2013 to just over 10% in 2018. The INC secured a whopping 71 seats as against 13 for the BJP.

    Read more here...

  • November 17, 2023 17:26
    In Chhattisgarh, 100 out of 953 candidates in second phase face criminal cases, says poll watchdog report

    As per a report by the Chhattisgarh Election Watch and Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) released, out of 953 candidates analysed, 100 (10%) candidates have declared criminal cases against themselves.

    In Chhattisgarh, 100 out of 953 candidates in second phase face criminal cases, says poll watchdog report

    Summary: Out of 958 candidates contesting the second phase of the Chhattisgarh Assembly elections, 100 (10%) have criminal cases against them. Major parties have 13 (19%) candidates from the Congress, 12 from the BJP, 11 from the Janta Congress Chhattisgarh (J) and 12 (27%) from the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) with criminal cases.

  • November 17, 2023 17:08
    Eco-friendly polling stations set up in Chhattisgarh for Phase 2 polling
  • November 17, 2023 16:46
    Residents from Thenthaguddi in Raigarh district boycott elections

    The state’s Chief Electoral Officer Reena Baba Saheb Kangale cast her vote at a polling booth in Dharampura in the capital.

    Meanwhile, residents of Thenthaguddi in Raigarh district decided to boycott the polls alleging a road had not been constructed in their village.

    Speaking to reporters, village resident Sonu Pradhan said, “There are more than 330 voters in the village and everyone has decided not to exercise their franchise. We have already said we will not take part in the electoral process till our demand for construction of road in the village is fulfilled.” Similarly, residents of Manikpur Dhenka village panchayat in Masturi segment in Bilaspur district also refused to vote alleging lack of development, including absence of roads in the area.

    Bilaspur Collector Awnish Sharan said the local Sub Divisional Magistrate (SDM) was at the village to hold discussions and further details were awaited.

    PTI

  • November 17, 2023 16:26
    Voting concludes in 9 booths of Bindranawagarh

    A voter turnout of 55.31% was recorded till 3 p.m. in 70 assembly constituencies for the second phase of the Chhattisgarh elections that began on Friday morning under a thick security blanket of police and paramilitary personnel, a poll official said.

    Voting in the nine booths of Bindranawagarh --Kamarbhaudi, Amamora, Odh, Bade Gobra, Ganwargaon, Gariba, Nagesh, Sahbinkachhar and Kodomali, where process began at 7 a.m., concluded at 3 p.m., he added.

    While a woman died of an unknown reason while she was standing in a queue to cast her vote at a polling booth in Kasdol assembly constituency in Balodabazar-Bhatapara district, a man was killed in an elephant attack when he was heading towards a polling booth in Korea district.

    Returning Officer of Kasdol segment Bhupendra Agrawal said the woman, identified as Sahodara Bai Nishad (58), fainted when she was standing in the queue at polling station no.76 in Malda village panchayat.

    She was shifted to the community health centre in Kasdol by her family members with the support of polling personnel, where doctors declared her dead, he added.

    PTI

  • November 17, 2023 15:51
    55.31% voter turnout in Chhattisgarh phase 2 polls till 3 p.m.

    As of 3 p.m., 55.31% votes have been polled in phase-2 elections in Chhattisgarh according to the Election Commission data.

  • November 17, 2023 15:13
    Congress’ Digvijaya Singh complains of Police bias

    Former Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh and Congress Rajya Sabha MP Digvijaya Singh on Friday claimed that one of his party workers was mowed down by a BJP candidate with his vehicle in Chhatarpur but the police are yet to take any action into the matter.

    Singh made the remark while speaking to the reporters in the state capital Bhopal after casting his vote here. The Congress leader along with his wife cast their vote for the state assembly polls.

    Singh said, “An incident has taken place in Rajnagar, Chhatarpur where one of our workers was mowed down by the BJP candidate with his vehicle. The Police have neither confiscated the vehicle so far nor has the candidate been arrested. Open hooliganism is taking place. The BJP president’s disciple is contesting the election from there. He has done illegal sand mining there. I have spoken with the Collector-SP. Our party is also giving a report to the Election Commission about the same. No action has been taken yet.”

    ANI

  • November 17, 2023 14:51
    Vote in maximum numbers to elect govt for development, justice: Amit Shah urges Chhattisgarh voters

    As voting for the second phase of Chhattisgarh Assembly polls began early on Friday, Union Home Minister Amit Shah urged voters to cast their franchise in maximum numbers to elect a government that will ensure “development, justice and welfare of the poor to end appeasement and corruption in the state”.

    Shah took to his official handle on ‘X’, a few hours after the voting for the second phase started in Chhattisgarh for the remaining 70 seats.

    “I appeal to all the voters of the second phase of Chhattisgarh elections to vote in maximum numbers to elect a government that will ensure development, justice and welfare of poor by ending appeasement and corruption in the state. Your one vote will ensure Chhattisgarh’s culture, tribal pride and women’s safety,” Shah posted on ‘X’.

  • November 17, 2023 14:30
    Chhattisgarh CM Bhupesh Baghel casts vote
  • November 17, 2023 14:07
    “Fight is one-sided”: Chhattisgarh CM Bhupesh Baghel
  • November 17, 2023 13:57
    38.22% voter turnout till 1 p.m. in Chhattisgarh

    As of 1 p.m., 38.22% votes have been polled in Chhattisgarh, according to the Election Commission data.

  • November 17, 2023 13:31
    Former CM Raman Singh appeals everyone to vote
  • November 17, 2023 13:23
    “People decide what kind of govt they want to form”: Chhattisgarh Governor

    Chhattisgarh Governor Biswabhusan Harichandan on Friday said democracy demands that people decide what kind of government they want to be formed both at the Centre and State by exercising their right to vote.

    Speaking to ANI after casting his vote at a polling booth in Raipur, Governor Biswabhusan said, “Casting a vote is the democratic right of every citizen of the country. Democracy demands that all citizens exercise their rights”.

    “By exercising their right, they decide what sort of government they want in the state and at the Centre. We have come and cast our vote...”, he added.

    ANI

  • November 17, 2023 13:00
    Fighting polls under joint leadership: Deputy CM T.S. Singh Deo

    Chhattisgarh Deputy Chief Minister T.S. Singh Deo on Friday said that the Congress party is fighting the State Assembly Elections under the joint leadership of Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel.

  • November 17, 2023 12:42
    In last five years Chhattisgarh’s identity has been established as ‘Apradhgarh’ due to corruption: BJP MP Saroj Pandey
  • November 17, 2023 12:21
    19.65% voter turnout till 11 a.m.

    A voter turnout of 19.65% was recorded till 11 a.m. in 70 Assembly constituencies for the second phase of the Chhattisgarh elections that began on Friday under a thick security blanket of police and paramilitary personnel, a poll official said.

    Polling in 70 constituencies began at 8 a.m. and will conclude at 5 p.m., except in nine polling booths in the Naxal-affected Bindranawagarh seat in Gariaband district, where voting began at 7 for security reasons, a poll official said.

    Till 11 a.m., 19.65% turnout was recorded in 70 constituencies, he said.

    PTI

  • November 17, 2023 11:53
    Congress appeals to voters to come out in large numbers to exercise franchise

    The Congress on Friday appealed to voters in Chhattisgarh to make the best use of their vote and elect a Congress government that has the trust of the poor, farmers, women and youth.

    In an appeal to voters of Chhattisgarh, Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge said they have to help maintain just governance, which is capable of providing development, progress and social security to the State.

    “Our special welcome and congratulations to our young voters who are voting for the first time,” he said.

    “Strengthen democracy, keep the faith. Because It’s a matter of pride, Chhattisgarhiya of self-respect!” Mr. Kharge said.

    PTI

  • November 17, 2023 11:22
    ‘Swing’ belt of Bilaspur could prove crucial for both Congress, BJP

    As the 25 constituencies in Chhattisgarh’s Bilaspur division go to polls on November 17, the Congress and the BJP would be slugging it out in this belt which sends nearly a third of MLAs to the 90-member State Assembly.

    Among the five administrative divisions of the State, the Bilaspur division, located in the central region, has the highest number of 25 Assembly constituencies which will play a crucial role in deciding the winner this time.

    Notably, this was the only division which the Congress did not sweep in 2018, while the BJP, which faced a rout elsewhere, won nearly half of its State-wide tally in this region.

    The division had 24 seats in 2018, of which, the Congress won 12 while the BJP won seven. The Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) won two and the then Ajit Jogi-led Janta Congress Chhattisgarh (Jogi) three.

    After the new district of Sarangarh-Bilaigarh was created, the Bilaigarh seat, earlier in the Raipur division, was included in the Bilaspur division. Bilaigarh was won by the Congress in 2018.

    Read more here.
  • November 17, 2023 11:11
    Chhattisgarh Deputy CM and party candidate from Ambikapur, T.S. Singh Deo offers prayers at Mahamaya Temple

    Chhattisgarh Deputy CM and party candidate from Ambikapur, T.S. Singh Deo offered prayers at Mahamaya Temple in Ambikapur.

    Mr. Deo will be seeking the mandate for Congress in the Ambikapur Assembly constituency. BJP has fielded Rajesh Agrawal, who was a former Congress leader. Mr. Deo has been three times MLA from the seat since 2008.

  • November 17, 2023 10:43
    Polls underway in Chhattisgarh

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  • November 17, 2023 10:21
    Chhattisgarh logs 5.71% till 9:30 a.m., says EC

    Chhattisgarh saw 5.71% polling in the second phase till 9.30 a.m. on Friday, according to data shared by the Election Commission.

    Voting for 20 seats in the first phase of the Chhattisgarh polls was held on November 7. Polling for the second phase in Chhattisgarh began at 8 p.m. and will continue till 3 p.m.

    ANI

  • November 17, 2023 09:52
    “Vote for the betterment of Chhattisgarh” says Chhattisgarh CM Bhupesh Baghel

    Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel on Friday reminded voters that their vote will decide the future of the youth, and farmers of the State.

    Speaking to ANI, Mr. Baghel said, “Today polling will happen for the remaining 70 seats...Your one vote will decide the future of youth, farmers, women...Please move out of your homes to vote...”.

    Vote for the betterment of Chhattisgarh, these polls will determine the mode of development of the State over the next five years,” CM Bahel appealed to voters.

    ANI

  • November 17, 2023 09:32
    ₹11.50 lakh cash seized from BJP candidate’s vehicle

    Police seized ₹11.50 lakh in cash allegedly from the vehicle of a BJP candidate in a village in Korba district of Chhattisgarh on Thursday, a day before the second phase of the State Assembly elections, an official said.

    Former MLA Ram Dayal Uikey, the BJP nominee from Pali-Tanakhar seat in Korba district, was present in the vehicle when the cash was seized from there, the police official said.

    Mr. Uikey was first elected as a BJP MLA from Marwahi seat in 1998. He later joined the Congress and vacated his seat to pave the way for the entry of Ajit Jogi in the Chhattisgarh Assembly after the latter was sworn in as the first Chief Minister of the State.

  • November 17, 2023 09:01
    PM Modi urges record turnout for Chhattisgarh second phase

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday urged voters to turn out in numbers to exercise their right of franchise in the second phase of polling for 70 seats in the 90-member Chhattisgarh Assembly.

    Taking to his official handle on social media platform X, PM Modi posted, “Today is the second and last round of voting for the Chhattisgarh Assembly. I request all the voters to turn out in record numbers and exercise their franchise. Each and every single vote of yours is essential to upholding our democratic traditions and practices,” he said.

  • November 17, 2023 08:33
    Voting begins for second phase of assembly polls in Chhattisgarh

    Voting for the second phase of assembly polls in Chhattisgarh began on Friday for seventy constituencies.

    The main battle in the State is between the Congress and the BJP. Before the voting, the state witnessed the top leaders of both parties, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chief Minister Bhupesh Bahgel, holding extensive campaigns.

    The BJP, which ruled the State continuously between 2003 and 2018, is seeking to replace the Congress government led by Chief Minister Bhupesh Bahgel.

    ANI

  • November 17, 2023 08:05
    Chhattisgarh Assembly election echoes with corruption, communalism charges

    In the last stretch of campaigning before the second and final phase of the Chhattisgarh Assembly election, Union Home Minister Amit Shah highlighted the accusations of appeasement and corruption against the State government, while former Congress chief Rahul Gandhi highlighted his party’s election promises, comparing them to the BJP’s.

    Both leaders held public meetings in a final bid to hammer their messages home, while Prime Minister Narendra Modi joined the campaign on social media, predicting a crushing defeat for the incumbent Congress in a long post on X (formerly Twitter).

    Read the whole report here.
  • November 17, 2023 07:44
    From CM to Speaker, key candidates to look for in second phase

    The seat in Patan Assembly constituency will witness a triangular fight between Congress, BJP and Janata Congress Chhattisgarh.

    Congress has fielded Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel from his traditional seat while BJP has fielded Baghel’s nephew and MP Vijay Baghel against him. Janata Congress Chhattisgarh has fielded the party’s chief and former Chief Minister Ajit Jogi’s son, Amit Jogi in the Patan seat.

    Other key constituencies in the second phase of polling include Ambikapur, Raipur City South, Korba, Sakti, Durg Rural, and Lormi among others.

    Deputy Chief Minister T.S. Singh Deo will be seeking the mandate for Congress in the Ambikapur Assembly constituency. BJP has fielded Rajesh Agrawal, who was a former Congress leader. Mr. Deo has been three times MLA from the seat since 2008.

    Sakti Assembly constituency will see an electoral battle between Congress’ Charan Das Mahant and BJP’s Khilawan Sahu. Mr. Das is currently serving as the Speaker in the Chhattisgarh Assembly and is also a three-time MLA and three-time MP from the seat.

    Chhattisgarh’s former Home Minister Brij Mohan Agrawal is seeking a voter’s mandate from Raipur City South for BJP while Congress has fielded Mahant Ram Sundar. BJP has fielded its State chief and MP Arun Sao from Lormi constituency against Congress’ Thaneshwar Sahu.

    In the Korba Assembly constituency, the Congress has fielded Jai Singh Agrawal who is presently the Revenue Minister of the State while BJP has fielded party vice president Lakhanlal Dewangan.

    Union Minister and MP Renuka Singh is contesting from the Bharatpur-Sonhat Assembly constituency where Congress has fielded Gulab Singh Kamro.

    ANI

  • November 17, 2023 07:20
    In a first, women to fully oversee poll process in 201 booths in Raipur North Assembly segment

    In what officials said is a first-of-its-kind move in the country, all polling booths in an Assembly constituency in Chhattisgarh’s capital Raipur will have women shouldering the entire voting process.

    For the first time in the country’s democratic history, women will shoulder the entire responsibility of an electoral process in an Assembly segment. There are 201 polling stations in Raipur City North seat and all are ‘Sangwari booths’ where everyone from the presiding officer to the polling officer is a woman,” the district administration said in a release.

    In Raipur North Assembly, where women officers have been put on duty at all the booths, the sex ratio is 1010, that is, there are 1010 women for every thousand men, it said.

    PTI

  • November 17, 2023 06:54
    CM Baghel to contest from Patan

    CM Bhupesh Baghel has been contesting from his traditional Patan seat where the BJP has fielded his distant nephew and party MP Vijay Baghel. The candidature of Janata Congress Chhattisgarh (J) State president and son of former Chief Minister Ajit Jogi, Amit Jogi, in Patan has added a new dimension to the contest.

    Mr. Baghel on November 12 said if the Congress retains power in Chhattisgarh, women will be given an annual financial assistance of ₹15,000 in the State.

    After the Congress government is formed again in Chhattisgarh, women in the State will be provided an annual assistance of ₹15,000 directly into their bank accounts under the “Chhattisgarh Gruha Lakshmi Yojana’‘, he said.

  • November 17, 2023 06:26
    70 seats up for grabs in 2nd phase of polls; CM Baghel among 958 in fray

    The second and final phase of Chhattisgarh assembly elections for the remaining 70 seats will be held on Friday and decide the electoral fate of political heavyweights like Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel, his deputy T.S. Singh Deo, eight State Ministers and four members of Parliament.

    A total of 958 candidates -- 827 men, 130 women and one transgender person -- are contesting for 70 seats spread across 22 districts. As many as 1,63,14,479 voters -- 81,41,624 men, 81,72,171 women and 684 of third gender -- are eligible to exercise their franchise at 18,833 polling booths.

    Chief Minister Baghel (Patan seat), his deputy T.S. Singh Deo (Ambikapur), Assembly speaker Charan Das Mahant (Sakti), eight State ministers, including Tamrdhwaj Sahu (Durg Rural) and Ravindra Choubey (Saja), are among prominent Congress candidates in the second phase.

    From the BJP, State unit chief and MP Arun Sao (Lormi), Leader of Opposition in the assembly Narayan Chandel (Janjgir-Champa), Union Minister of State for Tribal Affairs Renuka Singh (Bharatpur-Sonhat-ST), MP Gomti Sai (Pathalgaon-ST), former ministers Brijmohan Agrawal (Raipur South), Ajay Chandrakar (Kurud) and Punnulal Mohile (Mungeli) are among key candidates for the November 17 elections.

    PTI

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