Campaigning for first phase of Chhattisgarh polls ends today

Raipur, Nov 9 (ANI): Campaigning for first phase of assembly elections in Chhattisgarh will come to an end this evening.

Eighteen Constituencies spread over eight districts in south Chhattisgarh will witness voting on November 11 while the remaining 72 segments will go into polls on November 19.

Out of the 18, 12 constituencies are in the Maoist-affected tribal Bastar region, while six are in Rajnandgaon division.

The results of the Chhattisgarh elections, along with those in Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Delhi, will come out on December 8.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will address a rally in Raipur today to encourage voters to back Congress Chief Ministerial candidate Ajit Jogi.

Whereas, BJP patriarch LK Advani will address public rallies in Kasdol, Bilaspur and Bhatapara for the second phase of Chhattisgarh elections.

Also BJP leader Sushma Swaraj will address a rally at Rajnadgaon.

Congress President Sonia Gandhi, Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi and BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi have also addressed rallies in the state.

Meanwhile, security was beefed up across the state, particularly in the Maoist-affected Bastar region, ahead of the prime minister's visit. (ANI)