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Assembly Elections 2023: Countdown Begins as Mizoram and Chhattisgarh Phase 1 Campaigning Ends

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The countdown for the Assembly Election 2023 is in full swing as the polling dates for Mizoram and the first phase of Chhattisgarh are just two days away. On November 7, voting will take place for 40 assembly constituencies in Mizoram and 20 seats of the 90-member Chhattisgarh assembly in the first phase. Campaigning for both the Mizoram Assembly elections and the first phase of Chhattisgarh Assembly polls will conclude today.

The second phase for the remaining 70 seats in the Chhattisgarh assembly is scheduled for November 17, with the vote counting set for December 3. The term of the Mizoram legislative assembly ends on December 17, 2023, while Chhattisgarh’s legislative assembly term concludes on January 3, 2024.

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A recent report from the Associate of Democratic Reforms (ADR) has revealed that the BJP has the highest number of candidates with criminal backgrounds contesting in the upcoming Chhattisgarh state assembly elections. Among all the candidates, 26 have disclosed criminal cases against them, with 25% of BJP contestants having a criminal record. The report also highlighted that 46 candidates (21%) have a net worth in crores.

In terms of candidates with significant assets, Congress leads the way, with 17 out of 20 candidates being crorepati (having assets worth a crore or more), compared to 14 (70%) out of 20 candidates from BJP, 3 (30%) out of 10 candidates from AAP, and 2 (13%) out of 15 candidates from Janta Congress Chhattisgarh (J). It’s worth noting that Chhattisgarh, governed by the Congress-led Bhupesh Baghel’s government, is under scrutiny by the Enforcement Directorate (ED), which alleges that the promoters of the illegal Mahadev betting app paid CM Baghel ₹508 crore.

In Mizoram, BJP leader Anil Antony, who is also the election co-in-charge for Mizoram, has expressed confidence in winning the assembly polls in the northeastern state. He stated that the BJP is contesting 23 seats and is poised to achieve its best-ever performance in the state.

The 2018 elections in Mizoram saw the Congress and MNF contesting all 40 seats, with MNF winning 28 and Congress securing five. The BJP contested 39 seats and won one, while ZPM candidates, who ran as independents, secured six seats. Mizoram’s politics have been historically dominated by the Congress and Mizo National Front (MNF) since the state’s formation in 1987.

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In the 2018 Chhattisgarh polls, the Congress emerged victorious with 68 seats out of 90, achieving a vote share of 43.9%. The BJP managed to secure 15 seats with a vote share of 33.6%, marking one of Congress’s most significant victories in recent years.

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