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Chhattisgarh elections: PM Modi, Rahul Gandhi set to kickstart poll campaign for first phase

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Congress president Rahul Gandhi will address rallies across Chhattisgarh on Friday. (File)

With only two days to go for the first phase of the Chhattisgarh Assembly elections, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Congress chief Rahul Gandhi are set to launch their election campaigns in the state on Friday. While PM Modi is scheduled to address a public meeting in Bastar district’s headquarters, Jagdalpur, Rahul will address a rally in Pakhanjore town of Kanker district at noon.

Besides the rallies, Modi is also expected to hold a roadshow in Chief Minister Raman Singh’s constituency Rajnandgaon. Rahul, on the other hand, will address the crowd in the district’s Khairgarh and Dongargarh towns and later hold a roadshow in Rajnandgaon.

The first phase on November 12 will see 18 seats of eight Naxal-affected districts go to polls. Of these, 12 are Scheduled Tribe seats while one is a Scheduled Caste-reserved seat. The ruling BJP had lost 12 of the 18 seats in the 2013 Assembly polls. The remaining 72 constituencies will witness polling on November 20 and counting of votes will be held on December 11.

The campaigning for the first phase will end on Saturday.

Rahul Gandhi will tour the state for two days during which he will address five rallies and hold a roadshow in Chief Minister Raman Singh’s constituency, Rajnandgaon.

Taking to Twitter this morning, PM Modi said, “Looking forward to addressing a rally in Jagdalpur. BJP has assiduously served the people of Chhattisgarh for the last 15 years and I am sure the people will again bless our Party in the coming polls.”

Ahead of the Chhattisgarh Assembly elections on November 12, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Congress chief Rahul Gandhi will launch their poll campaigns for the first phase in the state today. While PM Modi is scheduled to address a public meeting in Bastar district’s headquarters, Jagdalpur, Rahul will address a rally in Pakhanjore town of Kanker district at noon. Follow our live blog for all latest updates.

A total of 1,291 candidates are in the fray for the two-phased state polls. In the 2013 Assembly polls, the BJP had won 49 seats, Congress 39, BSP 1 and Independent 1 in the 90-member House. The campaigning for the first phase will end Saturday.

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