New Delhi: Ahead of the second phase of the Chhattisgarh Assembly Election 2018, Congress President Rahul Gandhi is scheduled to visit the poll-bound state today, that is, November 14. Promising the youth jobs, free treatment in government hospitals and waiving off farmers’ loans, Gandhi said within 10 days after coming into power, the Congress party will waive off the loans of Chhattisgarh farmers.Also Read - Breaking News Live Updates: Govt Extends Door-to-door Vaccination Campaign Till Dec 31
“Chhattisgarh is a rich state – water, land, coal, mineral, it has everything. People of Chhattisgarh saw a dream of development. However, for 15 years the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has taken all the money from the state and given it to a few rich businessmen. The BJP leaders and ministers openly robbed the state,” Rahul said in an election rally at Mahasamund, which will go to polls on November 20. Also Read - Kolkata Municipal Polls: BJP Announces List of Candidates For Civic Elections in Kolkata
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath also will be campaigning in the tribal-state today. Earlier, the UP CM had attacked the Congress for promoting Naxalism in poll-bound Chhattisgarh state and said that the grand old party toyed with the national security for their political benefits. “Congress had promoted Naxalism in this region for their own selfish motives. BJP govt is taking strict measures to combat it which has become a threat to people in this region. Congress toyed with national security for their political benefits,” he had said while addressing a rally in Lormi. Also Read - Parliament Passes Farm Laws Repeal Bill: Govt Scared of Holding a Discussion, Says Rahul Gandhi
Adityanath had also alleged that the ‘Congress was the biggest obstruction in the construction of Ram Mandir in Ayodhya.’ He had also said, “Jo Congress Ram ki nahi ho sakti woh hamare bhi kisi kaam ki nahi ho sakti.”
A voter turnout of 76.28 per cent was recorded in the first phase of elections in Chhattisgarh covering 18 assembly segments, a poll official said Tuesday. “Chhattisgarh recorded 76.28 per cent polling in the first phase of elections held Monday,” state Chief Electoral Officer Subrat Sahoo said in a press conference here.
The highest polling percentage was recorded in Dongargaon followed by Khujji, Khairagarh, Bastar, Kondagaon, Dongargarh, Keshkal, Chitrakot, Mohla-Manpur, Rajnandgaon, Kanker, Jagdalpur, Bhanupratappur, Antagarh, Narayanpur, Dantewada, Konta and Bijapur.