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 and Congress president Rahul Gandhi will be in Chhattisgarh to campaign for the first phase of the Assembly elections in the state.
The Philippine economy grew at its slowest pace in three years in the third quarter, casting doubt over the government’s full-year growth target and making it less likely the central bank will immediately tighten policy to tame inflation.
Bolstered by the bypoll success of the JD-S-Congress coalition in the bypolls, Karnataka Chief Minister H. D. Kumaraswamy said that Congress should lead the proposed grand alliance against the BJP in the 2019 elections as it will be the leading party of the opposition and will win the largest number of seats.
Confident of winning his fourth term as Chief Minister of Chhattishgarh, Raman Singh has said the state polls might have some impact on the Lok Sabha election next year but it should not be seen as a referendum on the Narendra Modi government at the Centre.
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.
Uttar Pradesh BJP chief Mahendra Nath Pandey on Thursday sought to belittle the efforts of opposition parties to stitch up an alliance with the SP and the BSP as key partners for the general elections next year, saying "days of caste equations are over".
The Congress released its fifth and final list of 19 candidates for this month's Chhattisgarh Assembly election. Party MLA Gurmukh Singh Hora, Lok Sabha MP Tamradhwaj Sahu and popular Chhattisgarhi singer Mamta Chandrakar feature in the list.
Accusing the BJP of attacking Constitutional institutions, National Conference leader Farooq Abdullah said that "democracy is in danger" as he met NCP leader Sharad Pawar and Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu.
Uttar Pradesh BJP chief Mahendra Nath Pandey sought to belittle the efforts of opposition parties to stitch up an alliance with the SP and the BSP as key partners for the general elections next year, saying "days of caste equations are over".