The first phase of Chhattisgarh Assembly polls, to be held on November 12, will see 190 candidates, including Chief Minister Raman Singh, in the fray for 18 seats.
Eighteen constituencies spread across eight Maoist-affected districts will go to polls in the first phase, a public relation officer of the office of state Chief Electoral Officer said today.
"As many as 421 candidates had filed their nominations for the first phase, but papers of only 231 aspirants were found valid in the scrutiny. Of them, 41 candidates withdrew their nominations, leaving 190 in the fray," he said.
The son of former leader of opposition late Mahendra Karma, Chhavindra Karma, who had filed his nomination as an independent candidate from Dantewada (ST) seat from where his mother Devti Karma is a Congress nominee, withdrew from the elections.
The first phase of voting will cover Antagarh, Bhanupratappur, Kanker, Kondagaon, Narayanpur, Bastar, Jagdalpur, Keshkal, Chitrakot, Dantewada, Bijapur, Konta, Khairagarh, Dongargarh, Rajnandgaon, Dongargaon, Khujji and Mohla-Manpur seats.
A total of 30 candidates will be in the fray in Rajnandgaon constituency, while five candidates will fight it out in Bastar and Kondagaon seats each.
In Rajnandgaon, chief minister Raman Singh of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Congress candidate Karuna Shukla, niece of former Prime Minister late Atal Bihari Vajp...