Polling is underway, for the 72 assembly constituencies as part of the second and last phase of elections in Chhattisgarh.
The first phase of elections in 18 Maoist-affected assembly constituencies was held on November 12 amid tight security and sporadic incidents of violence.
Eight Maoists were killed and five jawans of the Commando Battalion for Resolute Action (CoBRA) were injured in two separate encounters during the first phase of polling.
Election officials recorded more than 70% turnout on November 12. For more on Chhattisgarh assembly elections 2018.
The BJP, which has been ruling the state for 15 years, and the Congress have been traditional rivals in Chhattisgarh.
This time, however, former chief minister Ajit Jogi’s newly floated outfit Janata Congress Chhattisgarh and Mayawati’s BSP have joined hands, turning the elections into a three-cornered fight.
58.47 % voting recorded till 4 pm in the second phase of voting in Chhattisgarh.>