The campaigning for the second phase of assembly elections in in Chhattisgarh has reached its peak. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is currently addressing an election rally at Ambikapur in the poll-bound state.
72 constituencies of the state will go to polls in this phase on November 20.
HERE ARE THE HIGHLIGHTS:
1:07 pm: Congress nationalised the banks in the name of poor but what is the reason that the poor did not have any access to banks? What is the reason that the poor did not have even a bank account? When we came to power, we empowered the poor, opened their bank accounts, says Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Chhattisgarh.
1:03 pm: I want to challenge them, let some good leader of Congress outside of the family become the party president for 5 years, then I will say that Nehru ji really created a truly democratic system there, says Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Ambikapur
1:02 pm: Congress speaks about democratic ideals and say it was due to Pt. Nehru that Modi, a 'Chaiwala', is the Prime Minister today. But if they make someone their party president who is not from that one family, I would agree they value the democratic ideals, says rime Minister Narendra Modi in Ambikapur
1:01 pm: Four generations of Congress ruled but they have nothing to tell the people. We are everyday giving a report card of what we have done in last four years, says says Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Ambikapur.
1:00 pm: What did the Congress governments do for the people of Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh when they were in power in these states, asks Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Chhattisgarh
12:59 pm: Atal Ji created Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh. It was a peaceful division and both the states are progressing rapidly today. But look at what the Congress did at the time of creation of Telangana, says Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Chhattisgarh.
12:59 pm: BJP is the only unbiased party, said Prime Minister Narendra Modi while addressing a rally in Ambikapur.
12:54 pm: Congress cannot even digest the fact that a 'chaiiwala' can become Prime Minister, says Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
12:53 pm: Congress should answer what has it done during its dynastic rule. What have they done in those tenure. Four generations of Congress ruled India. If they answer that, then I will reveal what I have done during my four years of tenure, says Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
12:50 pm: Opposition is rattled by Chhattisgarh's support for me, says Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
12:45 pm: I am glad to be among the people of Ambikapur today. I remember when I had campaigned here during Lok Sabha elections, people here had made the background resembling the red fort, says Prime Minister in Narendra Modi.
12:40 pm: I reiterate my party's commitment, I reiterate my party's slogan- 'Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas', says Prime Minister Narendra Modi
12:30 pm: I urge you to show the same enthusiasm you showed during the first phase of polls. I urge you to come forward and vote in the second phase of polls in November 20, says Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Congress star campaigner Randeep Singh Surjewala, Raj Babbar and Navjot Singh Sidhu are also addressing public meetings at various places of the state to seek support for party candidates.
Bahujan Samaj Party Chief Mayawati is on a two-day visit to Chhattisgarh. Today morning she has addressed public meeting at Janjgir constituency to canvass support for her party candidate.
Aam Admi Party Chief Arvind Kejriwal will also address election meetings today evening simultaneously in the 68 constituencies of Chhattisgarh digitally.
Over 60.48 voter turnout was recorded during the first phase of Chhattisgarh Assembly elections. The people defied Maoist threats and turned up out to vote in large number. However, the turnout has been lower than the first phase in 2013 when 75.53 per cent of voters turned out to exercise their franchise.
The results will be announced on November 20.