First phase polls in Chhattisgarh registers 70 per cent voter turnout


Raipur: Despite Maoist threat, sixty to seventy per cent voter turnout was recorded in the Maoist dominated Bastar division and Rajnandgaon in the first phase of polls in Chhattisgarh Monday.

Officials said although Maoist threat was looming large over the poll scenario, voting took place amid tight security and voters exercised their franchise fearlessly. Maoists had planned to mar the polls by blasting explosives during the exercise, but there was little impact, the officials said.

Voting ended in ten constituencies such as Mohla-Manpur, Antagarh, Bhanupratappur, Kanker, Keshkal, Kondagaon, Narayanpur, Dantewada, Bijapur and Konta at 3 pm under heavy security arrangement, officials said.In the other eight segments, Khairgarh, Dongargarh, Rajnandgaon, Dongargaon, Khujji, Bastar, Jagdalpur and Chitrakot, casting of vote ended at 5 pm.

Polling booths in Sukma district, which is dominated by Naxals, reported 68 per cent, officials said and added that after a long gap of 15 years polling was held for the first time in Palam Adgu village of Sukma district. Voting also took place for the first time in remote Nilawaya and Moolar villages in Dantewada district where 19 and 10 voters respectively exercised their franchise, the officials said.


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