With the campaigning coming to an end for the third and final phase of Lok Sabha election in Chhattisgarh on Tuesday evening, all eyes are now set on the polling on April 24. Seven lok Sabha constituencies will be going for polls in the third and final leg of the election in Chhattisgarh.
Negating the threats of fear, violence, and extreme heat, 63% men, women and youth stepped out of their homes to reach their polling booths and choose their future MPs. Balloting remained largely peaceful in three of the major constituencies of Chhattisgarh where 4558873 electors remained excited throughout the day. Chief Election Officer (CEO) Sunil Kuhur has stated that by the end of the day, their was 58% voting in Kabirdham district, 65% in Kanker, 68% in Dhmtari, 54% in Mahasamund and 68% from Rajnandgaon Constituency.
Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Sunil Kumar Kujur, on Monday, elaborated about the arrangements completed for Bastar parliamentary polls scheduled for April 10. He was addressing a press conference on the issue in his office. As expected the security concerns have dominated the decisions with regards to electoral arrangements in Bastar constituency, that comprises of six districts afflicted with Maoist insurgency. CEO Kujur informed that out of 1797 polling booths instituted within this parliamentary constituency, 1407 have been designated as critical.
In a press conference convened on Tuesday Sudhir Tripathi, Deputy Election Commissioner, Election Commission of India (ECI), expressed satisfaction over poll related arrangements in state.He said that besides state level review, a meeting with representatives of recognized political parties as also video conferencing with District Collectors and Superintendents of Police were held as part of assessing poll preparations. Tripathi said that he primarily focused on ensuring the new ECI guidelines announced are complied with in state during Lok Sabha Polls.
Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Sunil Kumar Kujur convened a meeting of nationally recognised political parties on Thursday to have deliberations ahead of Lok Sabha election. Representatives of BJP, Congress, Communist Party of India and Communist Party of India (Marxist) participated in the meeting. CEO Kujur informed the political parties about the scheduled special camp on March 9 when Booth Level Officers across state would display electoral rolls, deleted names and also have form VI for new enrollment into voter's list.
Bhartiya Janata Party Legislator from Kasdol Gaurishankar Agrawal was unanimously elected Speaker of Fourth Chhattisgarh Assembly amidst thundering applause by the elected Members of the House on Monday, as the first session of the Fourth Assembly commenced. Soon after being elected as the Speaker of Fourth Chhattisgarh Assembly, Gaurishankar Agrawal was given rousing welcome as the new Speaker of the House through their address by Leader of the House and Chief Minister Dr. Raman Singh as well as Congress Legislative Party Leader T S Baba (Singhdeo), followed by others Members of the House.
After day long tug of war, Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) has managed to maintain its streak for the third consecutive time with a record win on 49 seats. Although, it would be a lie to say that it was a comfortable win. The congress, which had put up a tough fight the whole day, had to remain content with 39 seats finally where as Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) and an Independent could holler just one seat each. it would be significant to mention that out of the 72 legislatures that the major parties had fielded all over the 90 segments, almost half have been defeated.
Tentative 74.65 percent voting was registered during the second phase of State Assembly elections by 5 pm on Tuesday. Final voting per cent could not be evaluated since voting continued after 5 pm at some booths, said Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Sunil Kumar Kujur in a post-poll conference on Tuesday evening. Total number of voters exercised their franchisee by 5 pm accounted to 1,39,71,187. Voting per cent may increase by 2-3 per cent.
"Dr. Raman Singh has accomplished a commendable job in his two tenures as Chief Minister of Chhattisgarh, and I appeal the public to elect him for the third successive time by casting their valuable votes in favour of Bhartiya Janata Party in the assembly election" appealed the legendary Bollywood Actor and BJP leader, Hema Malini to a large gathering at the public meeting, organised on Wednesday, as part of the BJP election campaign in 'A' Market, Sector-6, Bhilai.