Assembly elections 2023 LIVE: First-time polling booth in Naxal-hit Bastar village

Live updates for the upcoming 2023 Assembly elections in five states – Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh, Telangana, and Mizoram – are currently in focus. All these states are gearing up for the polls scheduled for this month, with vote counting slated for December 3.

Here are the key election updates from these states:

  1. Chhattisgarh, set to hold elections in two phases on November 7 and November 17, has established a total of 126 polling stations in 40 remote villages of Bastar, marking their first-time participation in elections. These areas, once under the influence of Naxalites, faced security and geographical challenges in establishing polling stations.
  2. In Rajasthan, where elections will take place on November 25 in a single phase, the Bharatiya Janata Party encountered a setback as former BJP member Sadhvi Anadi Saraswati joined the Congress. She is now being considered as a potential candidate in the Ajmer North constituency for the upcoming Assembly elections.
  3. Telangana witnesses an ongoing war of words between Congress and BRS (presumably a political group) regarding the Kaleshwaram project. Telangana Minister KT Rama Rao criticized former Congress President Rahul Gandhi, characterizing him as a “reader” rather than a leader in response to corruption allegations related to the project. Elections in the state are scheduled for November 30.
  4. In Madhya Pradesh, a rebel Congress candidate named Antar Singh Darbar opted not to withdraw his nomination from the Dr Ambedkar Nagar-Mhow assembly constituency and announced his departure from the party.
  5. In Mizoram, 7,671 individuals have cast their votes in the assembly elections through remote voting and postal ballots. Among them, 1,998 votes were cast through remote voting, and 5,673 votes were submitted through postal ballots. The election for the 40-member assembly is set to take place on November 7.