Around 23 per cent voter turnout was recorded till 12.30 pm in 18 Assembly constituencies in the first phase of Chhattisgarh elections. Voting in nine seats of Bastar division and one seat in Rajnandgaon district began at 7 am.
Polling in 18 assembly constituencies in the first phase of the Chhattisgarh elections began on a slow note with about 14 per cent of the electorate casting their votes in the first few hours, a poll official said.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid tributes to national broadcaster Doordarshan's cameraman Achyutanand Sahu, who was killed by Naxals last month in Chhattisgarh, even as he accused the opposition Congress of shielding "urban Maoists".
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Congress president Rahul Gandhi will be in Chhattisgarh to campaign for the first phase of the Assembly elections in the state.
He looks like Prime Minister Narendra Modi, dresses and speaks like him and begins his speech with 'Mitron', but their similarities end there -- He is Abhinandan Pathak, a Congress campaigner in the Naxal-affected Bastar region of Chhattisgarh who says "achche din nahin ayenge".
Eyeing his fourth consecutive term as Chhatisgarh's Chief Minister, Raman Singh said it is "good" that his predecessor Ajit Jogi has joined the fray to make it a three-way fight, even as he acknowledged this third force would also impact his party, besides hurting the Congress.
Chhattisgarh Pradesh Congress Committee President Bhupesh Baghel's helicopter made an emergency landing here due to a technical glitch.
The Congress in Chhattisgarh may field local candidates to contest the crucial seats being held by the ruling BJP in the naxal-affected Bastar region, a party leader said.
There is no place for violence in the Constitution as well as in "our" culture, President Ram Nath Kovind said.
President Ram Nath Kovind was in Jagdalpur as part of his two-day visit to the Bastar region.