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Chhattisgarh Assembly Elections 2018: Congress President Rahul Gandhi releases party's manifesto in Rajnandgaon

Chhattisgarh Assembly Elections 2018: Within next 48 hours, the Congress chief will also hold rallies in Khairgarh (Rajnandgaon) and Dongargarh (Rajnandgaon) towns, Charama (Kanker district) and Kondagaon.

Reported by: India TV News Desk, Raipur [ Updated: November 09, 2018 21:58 IST ]

Chhattisgarh Assembly Elections 2018: Rahul Gandhi start campaign with public rally in Pakhanjore today

Lashing out at the BJP administration, Congress President Rahul Gandhi, who kicked off his campaign blitzkrieg in Chhattisgarh today, said that both Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chief Minister Raman Singh have failed to deliver their promises. Addressing the campaign rally in Khairgarh, Rahul Gandhi said that  “PM Modi had promised 15 lakh to the people, however, no one got even 15 paise”. 

Earlier in the day, the Congress scion blew the poll bugle for Congress in Chhattisgarh a public meeting in Pakhanjore town of Kanker district   (Click here for live update son PM Modi's first rally in Chhattisgarh today)  The Congress chief will also hold rallies in Dongargarh (Rajnandgaon),  Charama (Kanker district) and Kondagaon. He is also scheduled to hold a road show in Chief Minister Raman Singh's home constituency Rajnandgaon. 

The campaigning for the first phase of Chhattisgarh Elections, to be held on November 12, will end on Saturday. 

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Here are the highlights on Rahul Gandhi's poll campaign in Chhattisgarh today: 

07:43 pm: Chhattisgarh Assembly Elections 2018:  Congress President Rahul Gandhi releases party's manifesto in Rajnandgaon

06:00 pm: Rahul Gandhi to launch Congress’ vision document for Chhattisgarh at 7 pm on Friday.

5:40 pm: “In Chhattisgarh, 6000 posts for government teachers and 13000 posts for lecturers are lying vacant. We will fill these vacant governments posts,” said Rahul Gandhi

5:20 pm: “Congress party’s government will open top quality hospitals and colleges in Chhattisgarh,” said party president Rahul Gandhi

5:00 pm: “We will ensure that Chhattisgarh farmers get MSP of 2500 for paddy and 15 quintal limit will be abolished. Congress will also give farm bonus that BJP hasn’t given in the last 2 years,” said Rahul Gandhi.

4:55 pm: “We will ensure that Chhattisgarh farmers get MSP of 2500 for paddy and 15 quintal limit will be abolished. Congress will also give farm bonus that BJP hasn’t given in the last 2 years,” said Rahul Gandhi.

4:40 pm: Wherever Modi ji goes, he does ‘Man Ki Baat’. We don’t want to do ‘Mann Ki baat’, we want to listen to your ‘Mann Ki baat’ and work for it,” said Rahul Gandhi.

4:20 pm: “PM Modi snatched Rafale contract from HAL and gave it to Anil Ambani. Ambani has never made any aircraft but he got the contract because PM Modi wanted that,” said Rahul Gandhi while addressing a public gathering in Dongargarh, Chhattisgarh..

4:15 pm: “When PM Modi announced about GST, he said there will be one tax for the entire country, next day we got to know there were 5 different kinds of taxes. But, I won’t lie to you or make false promises. I promised farm loan waiver in Punjab and Karnataka, and I did that,” said Rahul Gandhi

4:00 pm: I won’t make tall promises, but if Congress comes elected to power, it will waive off farm loans, said party president Rahul Gandhi.

3:40 pm: Two years have passed since demonetisation.Yesterday was the anniversary of demonetisation, why didn’t PM Modi speak about demonetisation? You stood in lines when demonetisation happened. Did you see any rich person stand in the queue? Did you see Vijay Mallya or Lalit Modi? Rich people turned their black money into white through demonetisation: Rahul Gandhi

3:20 pm: Nothing in the history of the country has caused more damage than GST and demonetisation, says Rahul Gandhi.

3:13 pm: Narendra Modi is probably the only PM who tells his countrymen ‘jhaadoo lagao,’(reference to PM’s Swachh Bharat campaign) while he himself goes to London.

3:10 pm: Rahul Gandhi terms GST Gabbar Singh tax, and promises ‘real’ one tax system if Congress comes to power.

3:07 pm: Highlighting the number of ‘youth who are still jobless’ in Chhattisgarh, and the farmers who are still not able to sell their ‘produce at promised MSP’, Rahul Gandhi said PM Modi and chief minister Raman Singh don’t deliver on their promises.

3:05 pm: Pakistan PM ‘s name appeared in panama papers and he was sent to jail, however, when Raman Singh’s son name appeared in panama papers, no action was taken against him, says Rahul Gandhi.

3:00 pm: “Chhattisgarh is not poor, people of Chhattisgarh are poor,” says Rahul Gandhi.

2:33 pm: “PM Modi had promised 15 lakh to the people, however, no one got even 15 paise”, says Rahul Gandhi in Chhattisgarh’s Khairagarh.

2:30 pm: Congress president Rahul Gandhi begins addressing a public meeting in Chhattisgarh’s Khairagarh.

12:30 pm: All of you were standing in long queues during demonetisation but not one black money holder was seen. Also, Nirav Modi, Vijay Mallya, Lalit Modi and Mehul Choksi ran away from the country with your money: Rahul Gandhi in Kanker

11:04 am: Rahul Gandhi is scheduled to hold first poll rally in Pakhanjore today at noon. He will also address two other rallies and a roadshow today. 

11:00 am: 

Rahul Gandhi's poll campaign itinerary

Friday, Nov 9: 

Public meeting in Pakhanjore, Kanker (noon)

Public meeting in Khairgarh, Rajnandgaon
Public meeting in Dongargarh, Rajnandgaon
Roadshow in Rajnandgaon
Overnight stay at Rajnandgaon

Saturday, Nov 10: 

Public rally in Charama, Kanker district
Public rally in Kondagaon

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Today's political battle ground: Rajnandgaon

Chief Minister Raman Singh's home constituency is set to witness the political blitzkreig at an unprecedent decible today. Apart from Congress chief Rahul Gandhi's two rallies and one road show, the district is also set to host the incumbent CM's roadshow in the evening. 

Even as opinion polls put Raman Singh as people's favourite despite 15 years of anti-incumbency, he faces tough competition as Congress has pitted niece of late prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, Karuna Shukla, against him this time. 

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Poll data for Chhattisgarh Elections 2018: 

The first phase on November 12 will see 18 seats of eight Naxal-affected districts go to polls. Of these, 12 are Scheduled Tribe seats while one is a Scheduled Caste-reserved seat.

The ruling BJP had lost 12 of the 18 seats in the 2013 Assembly polls.

The remaining 72 constituencies will witness polling on November 20 and counting of votes will be held on December 11.

A total of1,291 candidates are in the fray for the two phased state polls.

In the 2013 assembly polls, the BJP had won 49 seats, Congress 39, BSP 1 and Independent 1 in the 90-member House.

Also read | 1,291 candidates in fray for high-octane polls on 90 seats

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