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Chhattisgarh polls: Congress, BJP vie for Raipur

Nov 15, 2013 08:25 AM IST Politics Politics

Raipur: With the second phase of polling in Chhattisgarh just days away, it's going to be a battle for 11 constituencies, including the crucial capital city of Raipur. Network 18 visited the political camps to find out what are the election issues there.

Raipur has seen a boom in the past 13 years, complete with multi-storeyed malls and a confident middle class and the BJP hopes to cash in. In Raipur South, state minister Brijmohan Agarwal is the BJP candidate. He has won from here five times in a row. "BJP will surely defeat the Congress for a sixth time, not only from my constituency, but from Chhattisgarh," he said.

To challenge Agarwal, the Congress has picked Kiranmayee Nayak, the Mayor of Raipur, hoping to benefit from anti-incumbency. But Chief Minister Raman Singh is looking for a hat-trick of wins. Having turned Raipur into an educational, industrial and commercial hub, he hopes the voter will reward him.

But on the rural outskirts of Raipur, there is anger amongst villagers whose land has been acquired for industrial expansion. "We sell our lands to dealers and brokers who finally dupe us and take away our land," said Deshbandhu, a resident.

"Dealers are hand in glove with the police who bully us into selling our land," said another resident Sandip.

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