Chhattisgarh Election Results updates: Congress' Bhupesh Baghel says people gave 'befitting reply' to BJP

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Chhattisgarh Election Results updates: Congress' Bhupesh Baghel says people gave 'befitting reply' to BJP
  • 19:50 (IST)

    Congress' Vikram Singh Mandavi, Dr. Premsoy Singh clinch victory

    INC candidate from Bijapur Vikram Singh Mandavi defeats sitting cabinet minister and veteran BJP leader Mahesh Gagde by 21,160 votes; Dr. Premsai Singh Tekam of INC defeats sitting Home Minister Ramsewak Paikra by a huge margin of 42,616 votes in Pratappur.

    Input by Rishi Bhatnagar/Rajesh Soni/101Reporters

  • 19:45 (IST)

    Victory of farmers, youth, says Rahul Gandhi

    Rahul Gandhi is now speaking on the results of the Assembly elections. He said that this is a victory of the farmers, youth and small businessmen. We will now work on providing leadership with a vision.

  • 19:37 (IST)

    Congress wins Mahasamund, Khallari, Saraipali, Basna

    Vinod Seva Lal Chandrakar of INC wins from Mahasamund assembly seat by 22,700 votes; Dwarikadhish Yadav of INC bags Khallari seat by defeating Monika Dilip Sahu of BJP by 57,000 votes. Kismat Lal Nand of INC wins Saraipali seat by 53,000 votes; Devendra Bahadur Singh of INC wins Basna by margin of 13000 votes.

    Input by Hitesh Sharma/101Reporters

  • 19:36 (IST)

    'People gave befitting reply to BJP': Bhupesh Baghel
     
    "Congress had been standing with each and every section of the state. Therefore, it has received their immense support in the election. BJP has only cheated the people of the state during its three-term rule. It was neck-deep in corruption and 'commissionkhori'. People have given them a befitting reply," Chhattisgarh Congress Bhupesh Baghel said.
     
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  • 19:21 (IST)

    Raman Singh says party took Chhattisgarh to "new heights" during his tenure

    Outgoing chief minister Raman Singh said in an interaction with mediapersons, "I congratulate all parties and people of Chhattisgarh involved in these elections. We were in power for 15 years and took Chhattisgarh to new heights of development, we will now play the role of a constructive opposition to ensure the oncoming government stays on the path of inclusive development. Members of our election committee will meet soon to analyse the results and prepare for upcoming. general elections."

  • 19:15 (IST)

    Congress bags all five seats in Raigarh

    Congress has swept all five Assembly constituencies in Raigarh. Chakradhar Singh Sidar has won from Lailunga seat by 26,000 votes, Prakash Shakrajeet Nayak Naik has won from from Raigarh by 14,000 votes, Uttari Ganpat Jangde has won Sarangarh by 50,000 votes, Umesh Patel defeated BJP's OP Chaudhary and wins Kharasia seat by 16,000 votes, Laljeet Singh Rathia has won Dharamjaigarh seat by 38,000 votes.

    Input by Hitesh Sharma/101Reporters

  • 18:57 (IST)

    Congress wins Gundardehi, leads in Jashpur 

    Congress candidate Kunwar Singh Nishad won the Gundardehi Assembly constituency, defeating BJP's Deepak Tarachand Sahu by a huge margin of 55,396 votes. The party's Vinay Bhagat is leading by 3,777 votes after 16 rounds of counting in Jashpur.

    Inputs by Yogesh and Kishore K Sahu

  • 18:42 (IST)

    People have given befitting reply to 'corrupt' BJP, says Bhupesh Baghel

    With the Congress poised to wrest power from the BJP in Chhattisgarh after 15 years, the party's state unit chief Bhupesh Baghel on Tuesday said people have given a befitting reply to the ruling party, which indulged in corruption during its 15 year of rule. He credited strong party organisation for the impressive showing and said he was not expecting such a big margin of victory.
     
     
    "Congress had been standing with each and every section of the state. Therefore, it has received their immense support in the election," Baghel said. "BJP has only cheated the people of the state during its three-term rule. It was neck-deep in corruption and 'commissionkhori'. People have given them a befitting reply."
     
     
    The Congress is leading in 64 seats, well above the magic figure of 46, while the ruling BJP was a distant second at 18 in the 90-member Assembly, according to the Election Commission website.
     
     
    "We were not expecting such a big blessing from the people. We were expecting around 60 seats," Baghel said. "The result is the outcome of unity of my party leaders and efforts of booth level workers...The party is heading to a historic victory and credit for it goes to AICC president Rahul Gandhi."
     
     
    Rahul addressed around 19 public meetings as part of the poll campaign.
     
     
    The Chhattisgarh Pradesh Congress Committee chief, who is seen as one of the contenders for the chief minister's post along with TS Singhdeo, said it was for the high command to decide who would be chief minister.
     
     
    "The high command will take a decision on this. The responsibility that was given to me, I have fulfilled that," he said. "We strengthened the Congress organisation at the basic level under Rahul Gandhi's leadership and through that we fought the battle for the common man," Baghel added.
     
     
    According to him, the Congress raised issues related to farmers, labourers, tribals, students, women and youth. "It fought for the rights of every section of the society," he said.
     
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  • 18:27 (IST)

    Congress leaders remember 2013 Jheeram Ghati attack

    At least 27 people were killed in the Naxal attack in Chhattisgarh's Darbha Valley in May 2013, only a few months before the Assembly elections at the time. In a planned operation, the insurgents had ambushed and killed several Chhattisgarh Congress leaders, including state secretary Nand Kumar Patel, his son Dinesh, former Union minister VC Shukla and former state minister Mahendra Karma.

    Read more here

  • 18:24 (IST)

    Bhupesh Baghel dedicates Chhattisgarh win to Congress victims of Darbha Valley attack

  • 18:22 (IST)

    Congress lists out 'gruesome' incidents, saying 'we don't forget, nor does the public'

  • 18:08 (IST)

    They have not given us a right, but a responsibility, says Congress leader PL Punia

  • 18:06 (IST)

    BJP's hold on SC-reserved seats in Chhattisgarh loosens, leads in two of 10

    The ruling BJP seems to have lost its hold on the Assembly seats reserved for Scheduled Castes in Chhattisgarh, as per trends from the vote counting currently underway. The BJP is leading in only two of the 10 SC-reserved seats, while in the 2013 Assembly polls, the party had won nine of them.

    This time, the Congress is leading in six seats, while the BSP is ahead in two. 

    While BJP state minister Dayaldas Baghel was trailing in the Navagarh (SC) seat by a margin of 12,037 votes, another minister Punnulal Mohile is leading by a margin of 4,798 votes in the Mungeli (SC) seat.

    Scheduled Castes make up roughly 12 percent of the state's 2.5 crore population, and a sizable number of them follow the Satnami sect. Polls for the 90-member House in the state took place in two phases on 12 and 20 November.

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  • 17:52 (IST)

    'This is a victory of democracy,' says Bhupesh Baghel

    "The mandate given by the people in Chhattisgarh is historic," the state Congress chief said. 

  • 17:43 (IST)

    Raman Singh resigns as Chief Minister of Chhattisgarh

    Dr Raman Singh has tendered his resignation as the chief minister of Chhattisgarh. He said he appreciated the opportunity he had to serve Chhattisgarh for 15 years.

    "We did the best we could for Chhattisgarh. We tried to bring about a change for the people. As the chief minister, I take moral responsibility for the BJP's loss. I am answerable for this... After 15 years of ruling Chhattisgarh, we will now continue to perform our duties as the Opposition," Singh said, adding that they will work for the people of the state however they can.

  • 17:33 (IST)

    Drop in BJP vote share in Chhattisgarh polls

    In the 2018 Chhattisgarh elections, the BJP saw a considerable drop in its vote share to 32.8 percent from 40 percent in 2013. The saffron party had won the last elections by a narrow margin of 0.7 percent higher votes than the Congress.

  • 17:30 (IST)

    Raman Singh leads from Rajnandgaon seat by 7,900 votes

    Dr. Raman Singh, the current Chhattisgarh chief minister, is leading from Rajnandgaon by 7,900 votes over Congress candidate Karuna Shukla. Singh had won the seat by a margin of more than 35,000 votes in the 2013 elections. In early trends soon after counting began on Tuesday, Singh was trailing.

    Input by Hitesh Sharma

  • 17:27 (IST)

    CRPF personnel injured in IED blast in Sukma

    One CRPF jawan was critically injured in an IED blast in Chintagupha region in Sukma on Tuesday. He has been taken to hospital for treatment. 

    Read the full report here

  • 17:17 (IST)

    Likely Chhattisgarh chief ministerial candidates

    The Congress is set to form government in Chhattisgarh, but the party had not announced a chief ministerial candidate ahead of the polls. Among the likely candidates are Bhupesh Baghel, the state Congress chief, and Leader of Opposition in the Assembly, TS Singh Deo.

    Read about all the likely CM candidates here

  • 17:08 (IST)

    Congress high command will decide on CM candidate, says Baghel

    Chhattisgarh Congress chief Bhupesh Baghel, who was seen as one of the possible chief ministerial candidates for Chhattisgarh, along with Leader of Opposition in the Assembly TS Singh Deo, said the party high command will decide on who will be chief minister, The Indian Express reported.

  • 17:04 (IST)

    Bhupesh Baghel says 'fought under Rahul Gandhi's guidance'

    Chhattisgarh Congress chief Bhupesh Baghel was quoted as saying by The Indian Express: "We strengthened the Congress organisation at the ground level under Rahul Gandhi's leadership, and like that, we fought the battle for the common man. The party fought for farmers, unemployed youth, women, tribals and traders and won their confidence."

  • 16:45 (IST)

    Congress trails BJP in Jashpur by only 31 votes

    In Jashpur constituency, the contest between the BJP and Congress is as close as it can get. In this Chhattisgarh seat, the BJP's Govind Ram Bhagat has a lead over Congress candidate Vinay Kumar Bhagat by only 31 votes.

    Source: ECI

  • 16:42 (IST)

    Congress candidates win Lundra and Kanker seats

    Dr Pritam Ram of the Congress won the Lundra (ST) seat in Surguja district by a margin of 14,000 votes. He defeated BJP's Vijaynath Singh. Congress candidates Shishupal Shori and Manoj Mandavi also won from the Kanker and Bhanupratappur constituencies.

    Input by Manish and Mukesh Shukla

  • 16:28 (IST)

    Congress leading in 68 seats at 4 pm

  • 16:25 (IST)

    Congress' Kawasi Lakhma wins in Sukma's Konta seat

    Congress candidate Kawasi Lakhma won by 6790 votes from Konta (ST) seat in the Naxal-hit Sukma district. He defeated CPI candidate Manish Kunjam.

    Input by Vijay Singh Thakur

  • 16:24 (IST)

    Congress' TS Singh Deo wins in Ambikapur constituency

    Leader of Opposition, TS Singh Deo wins from Ambikapur constituency by margin of 33,000 votes, and defeated Anurag Singh Deo of BJP.

    Input from Vijay Singh Thakur

  • 16:16 (IST)

    Congress set to win by 9 percent higher vote share

    Till 4 pm, the Congress recorded a vote share of 42.9 percent over the BJP's 33 percent. This is in stark contrast to the marginal 0.7 percent differnece in difference between the parties in 2013, making this possibly the largest win in the state's history.

    Contrary to expectations, the Ajit Jogi-BSP-CPI third front did not split votes three ways, but is believed to have aided the Congress' success.

  • 15:58 (IST)

    Congress celebrates as 66-seat lead is maintained

  • 15:43 (IST)

    Bhupesh Baghel arrives at Congress office, says "We are grateful to Rahul Gandhi."

    Currently, the Congress is leading in 67 seats, with the BJP leading in 14. The Ajit Jogi-BSP alliance has maintained a lead in nine seats.

  • 15:35 (IST)

    Probable chief ministerial candidates from the Congress

    With Congress dominating Chhattisgarh and looking well on its way to ending the BJP's 15-year rule, speculation abounds about the party's likely chief ministerial candidate. Here is the list of possible candidates:

    Bhupesh Baghel

    Baghel is a four-time MLA from Patan constituency and has served as minister in the Digvijaya Singh government when the state was a part of Madhya Pradesh.

    Tamardhwaj Sahu

    The Congress fielded OBC leader Tamardhwaj Sahu from the Durg (rural) constituency on the last day of filing nominations for the second phase of Assembly polls by dropping Pratima Chandrakar, a move seen as a step to woo voters from the backward class.

    TS Singh Deo

    The sitting MLA from Ambikapur constituency and Leader of Opposition, Deo is another strong contender for the chief minister's post.

    Charan Das Mahant

    Mahant was a minister of state in the Manmohan Singh government and had worked briefly as the president of the Chhattisgarh PCC president.

    Satyanarayan Sharma

    Considered the Brahmin face of the party, Satyanarayan Sharma is a former minister in the state and served in the cabinets of both Digvijay Singh and Ajit Jogi.

    Read the entire report here

  • 15:27 (IST)

    IED blast in Chhattisgarh's Sukma district

    One CRPF jawan is critically injured in an IED blast in Sukma district's Chintagupha area. According to sources, the troops were out for area domination duty. The evacuation process is underway. Chintagupha is a Maoist stronghold.

  • 15:10 (IST)

    Congress leading in 10 out of 13 key constituencies

    While the Congress has established a lead in 10 out of 13 key constituencies in the state, the BJP leader and Chief Minister Raman Singh has maintained a lead in his constituency of Rajnandgaon. In Marwahi, former chief minister Ajit Jogi has also established a lead.

    Of the 90 Assembly segments in Chhattisgarh, 51 are general, while 10 are reserved for candidates from Scheduled Caste (SC) communities and 29 from Scheduled Tribe (ST) communities. Here are some of the key constituencies of the 90-seat House:

    Jagdalpur - Congress is leading with 4,5184 votes

    Bilaspur - Congress is leading with 20,114 votes

    Dantewada - Congress is leading with 10,023 votes

    Kanker - Congress is leading with 19,440 votes

    Bastar - Congress is leading with 39,233 votes

    Narayanpur - Congress is leading with 27,726 votes

    Rajnandgaon - BJP is leading with 8,990 votes

    Bhilai - Congress is leading with 24,447 votes

    Ambikapur - Congress is leading with 49,217 votes

    Marwahi - JCC is leading with 38,623 votes

    Raipur City South - BJP is leading with 17,615 votes

    Korba - Congress is leading with 14,099 votes

    Raipur City West - Congress is leading with 18,695 votes

    Credit: ECI

  • 14:54 (IST)

    The BJP is facing a likely defeat as per initial trends

  • 14:50 (IST)

    Saffron party trails with 17 seats, as Congress maintains lead in 67

  • 14:20 (IST)

    Status of 7 seats under Bilaspur district

    Bilaspur (fifth round) Congress is leading by 1,591 votes
     

    Bilha (fifth round) BJP is leading by 7,285 votes
     

    Masturi (sixth round) BJP is leading by 1,127 votes
     

    Takhatpur (third round) Congress is leading by 224 votes
     

    Kota (seventh round) JCC is leading by 5,308 votes
     

    Marwahi (seventh round) JCC is leading by 18,123 votes
     

    Beltara (seventh round) BJP is leading by 561 votes

    Input from Hitesh Sharma

  • 14:09 (IST)

    Congress maintains lead of 60 out of 90 seats 

  • 14:08 (IST)

    Bhupesh Baghel congratulates Congress cadre

    Chhattisgarh Pradesh Congress Committee chief Bhupesh Baghel congratulates party workers on gaining a comfortable lead, says, "It is time for change."

    Input by Hitesh Sharma

  • 13:51 (IST)

    Congress' Devati Karma trails behind BJP candidate in Dantewada Assembly seat

    In the Dantewada constituency, BJP’s Bhima Mandavi is ahead of Congress’ Devati Karma by a thin margin of 206 votes. NOTA is in third position in Dantewada with 1890 votes. 

    Karma is the widow of Karma is the widow of Salwa Judum leader Mahendra Karma, who was killed in a Maoist attack in 2013. NOTA is in third position in Dantewada district, with 1,890 votes.

  • 13:41 (IST)

    Congress' resurgence in Chhattisgarh

    The Congress maintains its lead in the state with a lead in 65 seats, while the BJP trails at 19.

  • 13:36 (IST)

    "All MLAs responsible to implement promises made during the election campaign: TS Singh Deo

    Leader of Opposition and Congress candidate from Ambikapur TS Singh Deo said victory is sweet but brings along the weight of responsibility. He said, "All elected MLAs will be responsible to implement the promises made during the campaign by the Congress party."

    Deo said focusing on issues of farmers, youths and tribal population helped the Congress gain the trust of the electorate. On the question of who will be the chief minister if Congress won in the state, Deo said the Congress legislators’ meeting will decide upon probable names and send them to the high command.

    Input by Manish Soni

  • 13:19 (IST)

    Neck-and-neck contest between CPI and Congress in Konta

    CPI's Manish Kunjam is facing off with sitting MLA Kawasi Lakhma of the Congress in the Konta Assembly constituency. As of 12.30 pm, Kunjam is ahead by 126 votes.

    Konta is one of the seats in insurgency-hit Sukma district.

  • 13:10 (IST)

    Congress turns the tables in BJP’s stronghold

    In Raipur city (North), Kuldeep Juneja of Congress has a comfortable lead of more than 4,000 votes over BJP’s Shri Chand Sundrani. Kanhaiya Agrawal of Congress is ahead of BJP’s Brijmohan Agarwal by 405 votes in Raipur city (South).

    Vikas Upadhyay of Congress is leading Rajesh Munat of BJP by more than 700 votes in Raipur city (West), and in Raipur (Gramin), Satyanarayan Sharma of Congress has left BJP’s Nand Kumar Sahu behind by about 650 votes.

  • 13:01 (IST)

    Congress workers celebrate as trends show party leading in 67 seats out of 90, and BJP trails with 17

  • 12:54 (IST)

    "We connected with the people, said Congress leader TS Singh Deo

    Leader of Opposition in the Chhattisgarh Assembly, Congress' TS Singh Deo said that the promise of the loan waiver for farmers would be the priority of the party if it made government in the state. He told NDTV, "Our focus was very clear from the start; we connected with the people based on clear directions from Rahuljiwho steered the party in Chhattisgarh."

    Deo added that the BSP-Ajit Jogi alliance seemed to have cut into the BJP's vote share from the Scheduled Tribes communities. "I said that Ajit Jogi would cause more damage to the BJP than to the Congress."

  • 12:41 (IST)

    Chhattisgarh Pradesh Congress Committee chief Bhupesh Baghel reaches counting centre in Durg

    Input by Hitesh Sharma

  • 12:38 (IST)

    All BJP Cabinet ministers way behind their rivals

    While Chief Minister Raman Singh managed to reverse the trend after initially trailing to the Congress, all his cabinet Ministers were way behind their rivals. Currently, BJP candidates are ahead in 24 constituencies. 

    IANS reported that after the third round of vote count, Congress candidates are ahead of their rivals in at least 58 of the 90 seats in the battle for an Assembly where the half-way mark is 46.

  • 12:26 (IST)

    Congress wave sweeping through Chhattisgarh currently

    As of 12 pm, Congress has extended its lead to 64 seats out of 90 seats in the state, while the BJP has been limited to 20 seats. Heavyweight ministers are set to lose their seats.

    Input by Manmohan Singh

  • 12:18 (IST)

    ECI released figures for 77 seats out of 90

    According to ECI, of the 77 seats out of 90 for which the status is known yet, Congress leads on 54 seats, BJP on 17, JCC on 4, CPI and Gondvana Gantantra Party on one seat each.

    BJP has closed the vote share gap slightly and has tallied 31.8% votes against Congress' 43.8%. JCC has claimed 8.7% votes counted until 11.30 am.

  • 12:15 (IST)

    ECI figures show vastly higher vote share for the Congress

    Image credit: ECI official website

  • 12:01 (IST)

    Congress ahead of BJP in Durg city constituency in the district

    Arun Vohra of the Congress is ahead of Chandrika Chandrakar of BJP by 2,918 votes in Durg City Assembly constituency.

Chhattisgarh Election Results LATEST updates: With the Congress poised to wrest  power from the BJP in Chhattisgarh after 15 years, the party's state unit chief Bhupesh Baghel Tuesday said people have given a befitting reply to the ruling party, which indulged in corruption during its 15 year of rule.

The Congress said they were glad people had believed the promises they had made in their manifesto and given them a "historic mandate" in Chhattisgarh. With the election results, the party said the people of the state had given them an agenda.

Dr Raman Singh has resigned as the Chief Minister of Chhattisgarh. Speaking to the media, he said he appreciated the opportunity he had to serve Chhattisgarh for 15 years. "We did the best we could for Chhattisgarh. We tried to bring about a change for the people. As the chief minister, I take moral responsibility for the BJP's loss. I am answerable for this."

"After 15 years of ruling Chhattisgarh, we will now continue to perform our duties as the Opposition," Singh said, adding that they will work for the people of the state however they can.

Earlier, Chhattisgarh Congress chief Bhupesh Baghel, who was seen as one of the possible chief ministerial candidates for Chhattisgarh, along with Leader of Opposition in the Assembly TS Singh Deo, said the party high command will decide on who will be the chief minister.

Deo had won the Ambikapur constituency by margin of 33,000 votes, defeated Anurag Singh Deo of BJP. Congress candidate Kawasi Lakhma won by 6790 votes from Konta (ST) seat in naxal-hit Sukma district. He defeated CPI candidate Manish Kunjam.

Baghel arrived at the Congress office in Raipur and congratulated the party cadre on the party's success as per early trends. He said, “People of Chhattisgarh took the fight in their own hands. We are grateful to Rahul Gandhi, we fought for the people. We got more seats than expected, high command will decide who will be the chief minister.”

While the Congress has established a lead in 10 out of 13 key constituencies in the state, the BJP leader and Chief Minister Raman Singh has maintained a lead in his constituency of Rajnandgaon. In Marwahi, former chief minister Ajit Jogi has also established a lead.

Of the 90 Assembly segments in Chhattisgarh, 51 are general, while 10 are reserved for candidates from Scheduled Caste (SC) communities and 29 from Scheduled Tribe (ST) communities.

Sanjay Kakade, BJP Rajya Sabha MP said, "I knew we would lose in Rajasthan & Chhattisgarh but Madhya Pradesh trends have come as a surprise. I think we forgot the issue of development that Modi took up in 2014. Ram Mandir, statues and name changing became the focus."

Chhattisgarh Pradesh Congress Committee president Bhupesh Baghel congratulated party workers for the party's success in the state according to early trends, says, "It's time for change." The party has managed to maintain its lead in 63 seats.

In Naxal-hit Dantewada, the Congress' Devati Karma is trailing behind BJP's Bhima Mandavi by a thin margin of 206 votes.  Karma is the widow of Salwa Judum leader Mahendra Karma, who was killed in a Maoist attack in 2013. NOTA is in third position in Dantewada district, with 1,890 votes.

The Congress has turned the tables in BJP’s stronghold of the Raipur division. In Raipur city (North), Kuldeep Juneja of Congress has a comfortable lead of more than 4,000 votes over BJP’s Shri Chand Sundrani.

Kanhaiya Agrawal of Congress is ahead of BJP’s Brijmohan Agarwal by 405 votes in Raipur city (South), while Vikas Upadhyay of Congress is leading Rajesh Munat of BJP by more than 700 votes in Raipur city (West). In Raipur (Gramin), Satyanarayan Sharma of Congress has left BJP’s Nand Kumar Sahu behind by about 650 votes.

Leader of Opposition in the Chhattisgarh Assembly, Congress' TS Singh Deo said that the promise of the loan waiver for farmers would be the priority of the party if it made government in the state. He told NDTV, "Our focus was very clear from the start; we connected with the people based on clear directions from Rahuljiwho steered the party in Chhattisgarh."

Deo added that the BSP-Ajit Jogi alliance seemed to have cut into the BJP's vote share from the Scheduled Tribes communities. "I said that Ajit Jogi would cause more damage to the BJP than to the Congress."

The latest figures of the vote share released by the Election Commission of India shows that the Congress is leading with 43.8 percent vote share, while the BJP is trailing at 31.8 percent.

BJP ministers are trailing in the race as veteran BJP leader and sitting home minister Ramsewak Paikra is trailing by 500 votes, Cabinet minister Brijmohan Agarwal is trailing by 3800 votes, PWD Minister Rajesh Munat is trailing by 3300 votes after the second round of counting.

Former chief minister Ajit Jogi and leader of JCC party, the third front in Chhattisgarh said he is happy with the vote share as per early trends.

He said, "We are satisfied with the number of seats we have won so far. We won what we did after campaigning for only two months. We are glad we were able to change the two-party system in Chhattisgarh. People wanted a change in Chhattisgarh and wanted to remove the BJP. They saw the Congress as being able to do this."

Chief Minister Raman Singh has defied the initial scare after the first round of counting, he is now leading by 147 votes over Karuna Shukla in Rajnandgaon.

According to CEO Chhattisgarh, the Congress has claimed 41.56 percent vote share and BJP 27.82 percent vote share until 10.00 am. 26 percent vote share is claimed by independents and the JCC so far while 2 percent votes have gone to NOTA. This shows a significant shift in favour of the Congress from the last assembly polls when it trailed the BJP by 0.75 percent in vote share.

BJP is trailing behind with 21 seats as Congress inches closer to cosolidatibng its victory in Chhattisgarh by securing 51 seats till now. Trends show that Congress is leading in the state with 46 seats so far, the BJP is at 20 seats.

According to the early trends, former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee's niece Karuna Shukla is leading in Chief Minister Raman Singh's constituency, while the three-term chief minister is trailing. Early trends also show that Ajit Jogi's son Amit is leading in the Marwahi constituency in Bilaspur district. However, reports say that the Congress is leading by a tight margin in the state.

State Election Commission has made extensive preparations for counting of votes for 90 assembly constituencies across Chhattisgarh. Section 128 and 144 has been imposed around counting centres to maintain order. Extensive measures have been taken to ensure peaceful counting.

Counting of votes will be conducted on Tuesday for the Chhattisgarh Assembly election, which is being viewed as a prestige battle for three-term chief minister Raman Singh and the Opposition Congress' fight for resurgence.

While the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is seeking a fourth straight term in office, the Congress is aiming to stage a comeback after being out of power for 15 years.

Tight security arrangements have been made at the counting centres in all 27 districts, particularly the Naxal-affected ones. Voting was held in two phases on 12 and 20 November to elect a new 90-member Assembly.

The state had recorded a 76.6 percent voter turnout in the polls.

Congress Party workers display Congress President Rahul Gandhi's cutout as they celebrate after initial trends. PTI

Congress Party workers display Congress President Rahul Gandhi's cutout as they celebrate after initial trends. PTI

As many as 5,184 counting personnel and 1,500 micro-observers have been appointed for smooth conduct of the process. In every counting hall, 14 tables will be arranged in rows of seven tables each, apart from separate tables for the returning officer and for counting of postal ballots, he said.

The fate of 1,079 contestants, including Singh, his 11 ministers and state presidents of the BJP and the Congress will be decided on Tuesday. The chief minister was locked in a fight in Rajnandgaon seat against Congress' Karuna Shukla, the niece of former prime minister late Atal Bihari Vajpayee.

This time, the coalition between Mayawati-led Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), former chief minister Ajit Jogi's Janata Congress Chhattisgarh and Communist Party of India (CPI) added another dimension to the poll politics of Chhattisgarh, which has always been dominated by the BJP and the Congress.

Several exit polls have predicted a neck-and-neck fight between the big two.

Of the 90 Assembly segments, 51 are for the general category while 10 segments are reserved for Scheduled Castes and 29 for Scheduled Tribes.

In the last Assembly polls, the BJP had won 49, the Congress won 39, while one seat each was bagged by the BSP and an Independent.

With inputs from PTI

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Updated Date: Dec 11, 2018 23:52:16 IST

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