New Delhi: Ahead of the Chhattisgarh Assembly Election 2018, Congress received a major blow as its state Vice President Ghanaram Sahu resigned the party with immediate effect.

Sahu — who may join the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Monday — was reportedly upset over the party for not giving him a ticket from the Gundardehi seat.

Reportedly, Sahu hit out at Chhattisgarh’s Congress President Bhupesh Baghel and OBC wing President Prez Tamra Dhwaj Sahu over his anti-women approach. It is being said that Dhwaj Sahu is contesting election after taking the ticket of a woman worker.

This development comes a day after Chhattisgarh Pradesh Congress Committee (CPCC) working President and Pali-Tanakhar MLA Ramdayal Uike switched parties and joined BJP on Sunday in the presence of party chief Amit Shah and state Chief Minister Raman Singh.

Voting for the first phase of Chhattisgarh Assembly Elections 2018 will take place on November 12, Monday. The first phase of assembly polls will see voting in 18 seats spread over eight Naxal-affected districts in the state. Polling in 10 constituencies Mohla-Manpur, Antagarh, Bhanupratappur, Kanker, Keshkal, Kondagaon, Narayanpur, Dantewada, Bijapur, and Konta will start at 7 am and end at 3 pm. In the other eight seats Khairgarh, Dongargarh, Rajnandgaon, Dongargaon, Khujji, Bastar, Jagdalpur and Chitrakot the polling time will be 8 am to 5 pm.

Voters are advised to check their names in the voters list and get their voter slip before heading out to cast their franchise.

Meanwhile, the situation remained tense in the state with a Maoist being killed and another apprehended in an encounter with security forces in Bijapur district of poll-bound Chhattisgarh state. Security forces also recovered arms and ammunition from the spot. In a separate incident, one Border Security Force (BSF) ASI died after an improvised explosive device (IED), suspected to have been laid by Naxals, blasted in Kanker’s Koyali bed area.