Prime Minister Narendra Modi is addressing a public rally in poll-bound Chhattisgarh's Bilaspur today. Bilaspur is among the 72 seats that will see polling in Phase-2 on November 20 while 18 seats in Bastar and Rajnandangaon poll in Phase-1 today.
In Bilaspur, BJP's incumbent leader and state minister Amar Agarwal faces competition from Congress' Shailesh Pandey.
PM Modi's Chhattisgarh rally today coincides for the first phase of polling in the state for 18 Assembly constituencies, in mostly Naxal-affected zones.
Here are the LIVE Updates on PM Modi's poll-rally in Chhattisgarh's Bilaspur:
12:33 pm: The politics of Congress begins and ends with a dynasty; ours begins and ends in the huts of the poor: PM Modi
12:31 pm: Congress may have given 36 points in manifesto for Chhattisgarh, but during the press conference for that manifesto theparty leaders called ''naamdar'' Sir at least 150 times: PM Modi
12:29 pm: Our opposition still don’t know how to fight the BJP. We are focused on development, we went beyond the caste divisions. You can witness development wherever you go in Chhattisgarh: PM Modi addressing a rally in Bilaspur
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12:20 pm: I have been told that people in large numbers are casting their votes in the Bastar region. I've faith that people will also vote in large no.s in the 2nd phase of elections. Voters should go by the the mantra 'Phele matdaan phir jalpaan': PM addressing a rally in Chhattisgarh
12:19 pm: Against predictions by poll pundits, people have come out to vote today: PM
12:16 pm: BJP is re-elected again and again in #Chhattisgarh because party workers never stopped working even when the state was not formed yet: PM
12:08 pm: PM Modi addresses public gathering in Bilaspur
According to the original schedule, the prime minister was first expected to fly to Chhattisgarh for the rally at noon and then leave in the afternoon around 2 PM for his constituency in Uttar Pradesh, Varanasi where he will inaugurate two highway projects. However, Union Minister Ananth Kumar's untimely demise in the wee hours today may force a change in his plans. The sources say PM Modi is expected to visit the grieving family at their Bengaluru residence in the morning.
The prime minister was also expected to address a public meeting Raigarh, but the event seems to have been postponed (Check PM Modi's full election campaign schedule here).