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Voting for first phase of Chhattisgarh polls ends amid violence

By IANS,

Raipur : Polling for the first phase of assembly elections in 39 constituencies in Chhattisgarh ended at 5 p.m. Friday with low turnout in the insurgency-hit Bastar region compared to the rest of the state.

The voting for Bastar's 12 seats, which was held between 7 a.m. and 3 p.m., was marred by violence with low turnout in most constituencies. But it picked up during the closing hours despite road blockades by Maoist guerrillas.

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BJP advertisement upsets Congress

By IANS,

New Delhi ; A Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) appeal to voters has raised the hackles of the Congress over its seeming religious overtones even as Delhi's top election officer vowed to probe the matter.

The advertisement that appeared in major newspapers Friday says that the “Congress has chosen its vote bank over our lives…” and has photographs of former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee and BJP leaders L.K. Advani and Rajnath Singh.

Desperate AGP seals pact with BJP, migration key plank

By IANS,

Guwahati : NSAssam's main opposition Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) has sealed a pact with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), despite the combination failing to defeat the Congress earlier, and promised to make the campaign against illegal migration in the state shriller in the days ahead.

Congress leader killed, low turnout as violence mars Chhattisgarh poll

By IANS,

Raipur : Three policemen were injured in a landmine blast, while several low-intensity explosions ripped through Chhattisgarh's Bastar region Friday as the first phase of assembly elections began in 39 constituencies.

Polling for the region's 12 seats started at 7 a.m., while it began at other places at 8 a.m. Most polling stations witnessed low turnout with people scared to come out and vote following the Thursday night murder of Trinath Thakur, the Dantewada block unit chief of the Congress.

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Madhya Pradesh ministers contesting polls face criminal charges

By Sanjay Sharma, IANS,

Bhopal : At least eight Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) ministers of the outgoing Madhya Pradesh government who face criminal charges are contesting the forthcoming assembly elections. The list includes Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan.

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Minorities few and far between in BJP, Congress lists

By Parul Abrol and Khaled Akhtar, IANS,

New Delhi : With the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Congress having almost finalised their candidates for the assembly elections in six states, there is a common thread in their lists - low representation for Muslims and Christians.

There are a total of 627 seats in the six states.

BJP, Congress deploy traditional and modern campaign tools in Rajasthan

By IANS,

Jaipur : Political parties in Rajasthan are all set to deploy traditional and modern tools of communication to reach out to the voters.

The 200-member state assembly goes to the polls Dec 4. The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party has 121 legislators and the Congress 53.

"Besides the usual campaign style of holding rallies, issuing advertisements on television channels and newspapers, we will make good use of SMS on mobile phones, video clips of the development work done by the Vasundhara Raje Government and distributing CDs", BJP's state vice president Arun Chaturvedi said.

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Voting on in Chhattisgarh amid Maoist violence

By IANS,

Raipur : Two policemen were injured in an explosion, while security forces were engaged in gunbattles with Maoist rebels in Chhattisgarh's Bastar region Friday as the first phase of assembly elections began in 39 constituencies.

Polling for Bastar's 12 seats began at 7 a.m., while it began at other places at 8 a.m. Most polling stations in 39 of the state's 90 constituencies witnessed low turnout.

Polling begins on dull note in Chhattisgarh's Bastar region

By IANS,

Raipur : Polling to elect 39 of Chhattisgarh's 90 legislators in the first of the two-phase assembly elections began on a dull note Friday, while a gunbattle started between paramilitary forces and Maoist rebels in Dantewada district of the insurgency-hit Bastar region.

Bastar went to polls at 7 a.m. to elect 12 legislators, while polling was scheduled to begin in most constituencies at 8 a.m.

Most polling booths in the region wore a deserted look. Brisk polling was only witnessed at auxiliary polling booths at 23 Salwa Judum relief camps run by the government.

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Chhattisgarh elections: an analysis of Muslim representations

TwoCircles.net forecasts Muslims winning two seats and a decent chance on one more seat. Read full analysis by Kashif-ul-Huda of TwoCircles.net

Chhattisgarh goes to poll in two phases on 14th and 20th of this month. This is only the second election since Chhattisgarh become a state in 2000. According to the 2001 census, only 2% of the population of the state is Muslim. In the last Assembly, out of 91 state legislators only one was a Muslim- Mohammad Akbar represented Virendranagar.

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