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BJP struggling to maintain hold in Bastar

Naxal-hit Bastar, which goes to polls on Monday, is witnessing a stiff political battle with Congress going all out to wrest control from BJP of the region widely seen as a deciding factor in winning Chhattisgarh. The fact that Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi held two rallies in this tribal dominated region so far- one in Jagdalpur and other in Kanker- while the Congress President Sonia Gandhi held a rally at Kondagaon on Thursday reflects the importance of the region where BJP bagged 11 out of 12 seats in the last assembly.

To woo tribal voters, Congress has promised 32 kg free rice per month to family living below poverty line. It has vowed to increase the insurance amount for people from unorganised sector to double and has also promised rehabilitation of people affected in the Naxal dominated areas. The party is also banking on ‘sympathy’ votes in view of the 25 May Naxal attack against its leaders and anti-incumbancy factor.
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