BJP who? Chh'garh avenges Bastar
While it is yet to be seen whether BJP wins in the state, there is a hunch that Chhattisgarh may avenge the naxal-hit Bastar massacre that killed a number of Congress leaders.
The candidates that are on deadlock and fighting a worrier's fight include Independent candidates Manendra Singh Bhatia from Khujji, and CPI's Manish Kunjam from Konta (as per an Indian Express report).
A convoy comprising 24 Congress leaders were killed in a Naxal ambush
The results of NOTA option are out in Chhattisgarh, the state that was the first to avail the right. In Raipur Rural constituency, which is represented by BJP's Nandu Sahu, 334 votes were cast for NOTA.
Sympathy votes may be a possibility in this case as three relatives of Darbha victims, Umesh Patel, Devati Karma and Anita Sharma, are leading from their seats against the BJP candidates.
The statistics, however, are changing very fast due to the Congress strong-hold in Bastar that hit the headlines due to the Congress convoy massacre. Sympathy votes won by the representatives of the slain Congress leaders could have a big hand behind the fluctuating results here.
Moreover, Congress has taken a lead in Bilaspur with 11 seats, while just 5 BJP candidates are ahead. Chief MInister Raman Singh is winning from his Rajnandgaon constituency, Home Minister Nanki Ram Kanwar and Industry Minister Rajesh Munat are trailing behind their Congress rivals.
Meanwhile, the Congress lodged a complaint against BJP to the Election Commission of India that the latter has managed and manipulated postal ballots.