Amid the poll boycott call given by the Maoists, there were eight encounters with the forces but no casualties were reported but five personnel had sustained injuries.
Polling centres across the 20 constituencies witnessed long queues of voters since morning, defying the Maoist diktat on the poll boycott.
BJP leaders made it a point to tell people at rallies that their party’s promises are “Modi’s guarantees”.
Congress holds 19 of these 20 seats, including two it won in bypolls. In the 2018 Assembly polls, Congress had won 17 of these 20 seats, BJP two and Janata Congress Chhattisgarh one.
The former Congress chief addressed two separate public rallies at tribal-dominated Bhanupratapur and Kondagaon in Bastar zone, where the first phase of polling is due on November 7.
Bastar division, comprising seven districts, has 12 assembly segments which will see voting in the first phase of two-phased elections on November 7.
Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel and state Congress president Deepak Baij accused the Central government of trying to hand over the Nagarnar steel plant in Bastar district to private players.
Chhattisgarh is among the five states to have polls later this year.
“Have you ever thought that a daughter from a tribal community can reach the highest constitutional post to become the President.
According to the makers, ' Bastar', based on a true incident will hit the screens on April 5, 2024.
With 11 reserved for the Scheduled Tribe, the ruling Congress to is vying for the support of adivasis to remain with the party.