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Phase 2 voting underway in Chhattisgarh

Raipur : Voting is progressing in its second and final phase for Chhattisgarh Assembly amid heavy security arrangements comprising one lakh security personnel, helicopters and drones.

The Maoist infested state had witnessed a 76.28 percent turnout for 18 seats in the first phase earlier.

More than 1.5 crore people are eligible to vote in over 19,000 polling bhooths deciding between incumbent BJP or Congress led alliance or the third alternative AAP which too is fielding its candidates.

Chhattisgarh was carved out of tribal-dominated districts of Madhya Pradesh in 2000. Two people have served as chief minister since. The first was Congress leader Ajit Jogi from 2000 – 2003. After Jogi’s departure in 2003 Raman Singh of BJP has remained as CM there.

The votes will be counted on 11 Dec, when results of four other states – Mizoram, Madhya Pradesh, Telangana an Rajasthan – too will be declared.