New Delhi: Dantewada – a part of the Red Corridor and one of the worst-affected Maoist region – is reserved for Scheduled Tribes (ST) candidates. The district will be keenly watched in the Chhattisgarh Assembly elections 2018. Also Read - Chhattisgarh News: Dantewada BJP Leader Arrested For Procuring Tractor For Naxals: Report
The third least populous district of poll-bound Chhattisgarh went to polls on November 12. The area witnessed brisk voting despite the Naxals’ threat to chop off the fingers of villagers if they cast their votes. Also Read - Naxals Set 9 Vehicles on Fire in Chhattisgarh’s Dantewada Area
In the 2013 Assembly polls, Congress’ Devti Karma defeated BJP candidate Bhimaram Mandavi by a margin of 5,900 votes. This time Dantewada, which comes under Bastar-Jagdalpur Parliament Constituency, will see a three-way contest between Bhimaram Mandavi, Devti Karma and BSP’s Keshav Netam. Also Read - Assembly By-polls: Voting Underway in 4 States, Chhattisgarh's Dantewada Records 12.7% Voter Turnout Till 9 AM
In the 2008 assembly elections, BJP’s Bhimaram Mandavi had claimed victory bagging 36,812 votes against CPI’s Manish Kunjam who was second with 24,805 votes.
Over the last year, there has been a Maoist uprising in the region which has resulted in deaths of villagers, and policemen and has forced a huge part of the population to move into camps.
The first phase of Assembly elections was held in Chhattisgarh on November 12, where 18 seats went to polls, out of which 12 are reserved for the Scheduled Tribes, while one is a Scheduled Caste-reserved seat.
The remaining 72 constituencies in the state went to polls on November 20.
The result of the assembly polls will be announced on December 11.