The Maoist-dominated areas of the state are going to polls in first phase of the Assembly elections on November 11 and Congress is battling hard to win back the tribal-dominated region which was once its stronghold and had gone the BJP way in the last two elections.
Singh held a road show across the Bastar district headquarters of Jagdalpur on Tuesday evening as a large number of women lined up along roads with lamps to welcome him while many youth rode in their bikes behind his cavalcade, raising slogans in favour of the ‘vikas purush’ (development man).
"We have done so much and we will do much more. But you have to ensure that people come out and press the EVM in our favour," he told the crowd amid concerns in the region over naxal's threat to villagers to boycott polls.
"He has definitely done a lot for the state. The poor would not be as happy anywhere as they are in Chhattisgarh due to his food and health welfare schemes," Prahlad Gaud, a BJP supporter, said.
Not everybody, however, agrees. Congress leaders, now seemingly united, are running a campaign highlighting the corruption of cabinet ministers, accused of pocketing commissions and being involved in mine scandals, who have been ‘shielded’ by Singh against any probe.


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