Bhubaneswar, Nov 15: The high-pitched campaign for the single-phase assembly elections in Madhya Pradesh and the second phase in Chhattisgarh came to an end at 5 pm on Wednesday evening. Polling for all 230 assembly constituencies in MP and for 70 out of 90 constituencies in Chhatisgarh under the second phase will be held on November 17.
On the last day of the campaign, Prime Minister Narendra Modi appealed to voters in MP to elect the BJP to power for a developed state and country, In his posts on X, Modi also assured Chhattisgarh voters that the BJP is committed to fulfill all its pledges.
"The Congress is set for a rout in the elections. People believe in the good governance of the BJP and not the hollow promises of the Congress. I want to assure the people of Chhattisgarh that the coming BJP government in the state will be a dispensation of their aspirations and the state's prosperity," he said.
In the last leg of the campaign, in various Odia-speaking area of Chhatisgarh, several leaders from Odisha particularly from BJP and Congress have campaigned for their respective party candidates.
Union education minister Dharmendra Pradhan on Tuesday addressed a series of meetings and campaigned for BJP candidates. Speaking at Basana of Mahasamud district while seeking vote for party nominee Sampad Agrawal, Pradhan said “Congress is cheating Chhatisgarh people. People won’t tolerate any more and will change the government .”
Similarly, Union Minister Bisweswar Tudu and Kalahandi MP Basant Panda had also campaigned in the neighbouring state a few days ago.
Odisha PCC president Sarat Pattanayak also addressed a public meeting and moved door to door seeking votes in Raigarh for party candidates.
Chhatisgarh has more than 15 lakh Odia-speaking populations. It shares a border with 7 districts of Odisha namely Sundargarh, Jharsuguda, Baragarh, Nuapada, Nabararangpur, Koraput, and Malkanagiri. So It is natural for a political party to garner votes for the respective party' candidates in neighbouring state