Mahant was the surprise choice of the Congress for the Sakti seat, in his home district of Janjgir-Champa, this time as part of the party’s strategy to field prominent faces.
Anti-incumbency always remains in some measure, even if a government stays for two, four or five years. But I haven’t seen any major impact of anti-incumbency in the three states, says Rajnath Singh.
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Voting in the 18 Maoism affected seats in the first phase of elections rose to 76.28% from 75.93% in 2013.
Bhagel this time, unlike in the 2013 elections, has the added responsibility of campaigning across the state since he is the state Congress president.
Mayawati, at the rally, slammed the Congress for not giving Bhim Rao Ambedkar a Bharat Ratna and later told a TV channel that the Congress and the BJP were like “Saanpnath aur Naagnath”.
This time, Yadav has been nominated by Congress from here while BSP has chosen a woman candidate, Gitanjali Patel, to take on Sanyogita Judev.
BJP said the alliance will impact Congress in the 29 ST seats, of which Congress holds 18, including nine Maoist-affected ST seats that went to polls in the first phase.
On Sunday, the PM will address a rally in MP’s Chhindwara, the seat of Congress state president and another CM probable Kamal Nath.
The BJP sees this as a safe seat, although a statue of ex-PM Rajiv Gandhi in the middle of the city is a reminder of the time when the Congress won it continuously till 1990.
The road is tough for BJP though and Choudhary, in his public speeches, avoids attacking the Patel family so as not to hurt the sensitivities of the people
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