New Delhi: Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh on Tuesday touched the feet of his Uttar Pradesh counterpart Yogi Adityanath, who is 20 years younger to him and took his blessing before  filing his nomination papers from Rajnandgaon Assembly constituency for the forthcoming Assembly polls.

The 66-year-old leader is seeking a fourth term as the chief minister of Chhattisgarh. He has been a two-time MLA from Rajanandgaon constituency. In 2004, he had got elected from Dongargaon assembly constituency in Rajnandgaon district.

Congress has fielded Karuna Shukla, the niece of former prime minister late Atal Bihari Vajpayee against Singh from Rajnandgaon.

Speaking to reporters, Singh said,”I have full faith in the strength of party workers and booth-level workers. The BJP has dedicated this election to Atal ji and each party worker has vowed to form (BJP) government for the fourth consecutive term with a thumping majority in the state”.

On being asked about Karuna Shukla contesting against him, Singh said, “They (Congress) did not get any local candidate.”

Today was the last day of filing of nominations for the first phase of state Assembly polls, scheduled on November 12. Candidates from BJP, Congress and other parties also filed their nominations for the 18 seats spread across eight Naxal-affected districts of Bastar, Bijapur, Dantewada, Sukma, Kondagaon, Kanker, Narayanpur and Rajnandgaon, which will go to polls in the first phase.

Chhattisgarh has 90-member Assembly and the polls there are being held in two phases – on November 12 and 20. The results will be declared on December 11.