Mumbai: The left-wing extremists in the Maoist-affected Gadchiroli-Chimur constituency had reportedly asked the tribals in the area to vote for anti-BJP candidates in their strongholds. This is the largest constituency in the state measuring up to 17,415 sq km, with an electorate of 15.69 lakh, stated a report. Usually, the Maoists boycott the elections in total.
However, this time they have decided to ask the Gadchiroli tribals to cast votes against the BJP and its allies in the ‘Mahayuti.’ The decision was taken after a number of meetings was held in the interiors. The Gadchiroli tribals are scheduled to go to the polls on Thursday.
“Maoists never support any candidate but they have told villagers to shun BJP as a party,” a source was quoted by Times of India as saying. So far, the Maoists have attempted to sabotage the polling in various places including Gadchiroli, Gondia, and neighbouring Chhattisgarh.
The polling percentage was 65 per cent in the years 2009 and 2014. Meanwhile, the death of a BJP MLA in Chhattisgarh in a landmine blast triggered by Maoists on Tuesday is likely to disrupt the situation. Therefore, the prospect of BJP’s candidate Ashok Nete winning the election from Gadchiroli-Chimur constituency is less owing to the presence of Maoists in assembly constituencies of Gadchiroli, Aheri, Armori and Gondia’s Amgaon in Maharashtra. Notably, Namdeo Usendi belonging to the Congress party is in favour of the of the tribals and many gram sabhas.
The voting for the assembly elections 2019 has begun on Thursday, i.e., April 11 with four states including Andhra Pradesh, Sikkim, Arunachal Pradesh and Odisha going to polls in the first phase. The results of state assemblies will be declared on May 23, 2019, along with Lok Sabha polls.