Raipur, November 9: With just two days left for Chhattisgarh to go for polls for its first phase, Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Friday released the party's manifesto in chief minister Raman Singh's home turf Rajnandgaon. Gandhi arrived in the state early on Friday and attended multiple events. The polling in the 90-member Chhattisgarh Assembly will be held in two phases - on November 12 and November 20 - and counting of votes will take place on December 11.
Gandhi said if the Congress was voted to power in Chhattisgarh, it will waive off farmers' debts within 10 days. While addressing a poll rally in Rajnandgaon, Gandhi launched a scathing attack at the BJP-led government at the Centre over the introduction of the Goods and Services Tax (GST), which he alleged, was rather a 'Gabbar Singh Tax'. Chhattisgarh Assembly Elections 2018 Full Schedule And Dates: Polling in 2 Phases, November 12 & 20.
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With the polls due this month, the political battle between the BJP and Congress intensified on Friday. While Prime Minister Narendra Modi criticised the Congress of supporting urban Maoists, the Congress chief alleged that no other prime minister has damaged the economy as much as Narendra Modi.
The 47-year-old Congress chief further added saying that he did not want to make "false" promises like the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) had allegedly made. Gandhi said CM Raman Singh and PM Modi promised jobs, but today nearly 60,000 teacher posts, 13,000 lecturer posts are vacant & 3000 Aadivasi schools were shut down. Chhattisgarh Assembly Elections 2018: PM Narendra Modi, Congress President Rahul Gandhi to Hold Rallies & Roadshows in Poll Bound State.
Meanwhile, the BJP said it would release its "game changer" manifesto for Chhattisgarh on Saturday with a special focus on farmers and youth. State Agriculture Minister Brijmohan Agrawal, who heads the BJP's manifesto drafting committee, informed that the 'Sankalp Patar' will be released by BJP president Amit Shah.