Ch'garh elections: Raman Singh, 50 others file nominations

Raman Singh
Raipur, Oct 25: One more day till the Chhattisgarh election nominations for the first phase come to a closure. Till Thursday, there were a total of 51 nominations, which included chief minister Raman Singh, a close kin of a Darbha attack victim as well as sitting MLAs.

18 Naxal-hit constituencies of South Chhattisgarh are to go to elections on November 11, for which 114 nominations have been filed, out of which 51 were filed on Thursday, as per chief electoral officer Sunil Kujur.

List of nominations and their constituencies are as follows:

Chief Minister Raman Singh-Rajnandgaon
Devti Karma-Dantewada
Komal Janghel (sitting BJP MLA)-Khairagarh
Santosh Bafna-Jagdalpur
Baiduram Kashyap-Chitrakot
Bhima Mandavi-Dantewada
Mahesh Gagda-Bijapur
Deepak Kumar Baij (Congress)-Chitrakot
Shivraj Singh Usare (Congress)-Manpur-Mohla

Fielded against the Chief Minister Raman Singh is the wife of Uday Mudliyar, who was killed in the recent Bastar attack. The CM had won the seat against the slain leader with a margin of 32389 votes.

Likewise, the wife of slain Mahendra Karma, is the Congress nominee from the Dantewada Scheduled Tribe seat. Other prominent Congress candidates who filed their nominations are Shamu Kashyap, Deepak Kumar Baij (Chitrakot), Devti Karma (Dantewada) and Shivraj Singh Usare (Manpur-Mohla).

Meanwhile, the BJP has retained its candidate Bhima Madnavi from Dantewada, who had won against Manish Kunjam from the Communist Party of India with a margin of 12008 votes in the 2008 assembly election.

Some of the Other BJP candidates who filed their nominations today include Sarojani Banjare (Dongargarh), Dinesh Gandhi (Dongargaon), Vijay Sahu (Khujji), and Dhaniram Barse (Konta). However, the BJP has denied tickets to its sitting MLAs, Ramji Bharti (Dongargarh) and Kheduram Sahu (Dongargaon), to introduce faces like Sarojini Banjare and Dinesh Gandhi from the respective seats.

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