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Chhattisgarh assembly by-poll next month

Raipur, Jan 12 (IANS) The by-poll for Chhattisgarh's Sanjari Balod assembly constituency in Durg district is to be held Feb 14, the election commission said Wednesday.

The filing of nomination papers will begin from Jan 21. The scrutiny of nomination papers will take place Jan 29, after the last date of filing of papers. The counting of votes will be held Feb 17.

The seat fell vacant after the sitting legislator of the state's ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Madanlal Sahu, died following cardiac arrest in August last year. The main contest will be between the BJP and the Congress.

Chhattisgarh minister sends notice to Congress legislator

Raipur, Dec 17 (IANS) A senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) minister in Chhattisgarh has sent a legal notice to a Congress legislator after the latter alleged that he had tried to protect an accused in a murder case.

The notice was sent by Panchayat and Rural Development Minister Ramvichar Netam to Congress legislator T.S. Singhdev after a bitter war of words on the issue inside the assembly.

Netam has even threatened to initiate criminal proceedings if the latter fails to apologise within 15 days.

Chhattisgarh seeks help for rain-hit farmers

Raipur, Dec 15 (IANS) Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh Wednesday urged the central government to help thousands of paddy farmers who have huge losses due to unseasonal rains last week.

In a letter Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar, Raman Singh sought urgent assistance for the farmers whose crops stored in the open got submerged by rain water Dec 7-9.

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Why shouldn't we become Maoists, ask Chhattisgarh tribals

Jagdalpur (Chhattisgarh), Dec 16 (IANS) Many poverty-hit tribals in Chhattisgarh are asking why they shouldn't become Maoists and take up arms, pointing to the latest incident in which two civilians were branded rebels and shot dead by police.

The traumatised residents of the Koleng area of Bastar district are at a loss over the killings of their co-villagers by police early this week and say the two had simply gone to collect rations for others from a nearby forested area.

Three Congress legislators held in Chhattisgarh

Raipur, Dec 12 (IANS) Three legislators of Chhattisgarh's opposition Congress party were arrested Sunday evening in Surguja district for leading a demonstration against the allegedly deteriorating law and order situation in the state, police said.

T.S. Singhdeo, Premsai Singh and Ramdev Ram were arrested along with 250 supporters at Ambikapur town when they refused to stop demonstrating on a road on which Chief Minister Raman Singh was scheduled to travel, officials here at police headquarters told IANS.

Sonia's birthday celebration in C'garh runs into controversy

RAIPUR: The celebration of Sonia Gandhi's birthday by Congress party here has run into controversy with the BJP strongly protesting cutting of a tricolour-shaped cake on the occasion, calling it an insult to the national flag.

Local newspapers carried photographs of Chhattisgarh Congress party leader Subhash Sharma celebrating Sonia's birthday by cutting tricolour-shaped cake.

Taking objection to it, the state BJP unit today staged a protest rally and demanded the Congress leaders apologise for the blunder.

Drop charges of insulting tricolour against leaders: Congress

Raipur, Dec 13 (IANS) The Congress in Chhattisgarh Monday urged police to drop charges against two of its state leaders who have been booked for cutting a cake designed like the national flag to mark party president Sonia Gandhi's birthday Dec 9.

A party delegation met Raipur police chief Dipanshu Kabra and requested him to drop a written police complaint against two party leaders - state general secretary Subhash Sharma and Raipur city unit president Inderchand Dhariwal, who are facing arrest under section 2 of the Prevention of Insults to National Honour Act, 1971.

Indian iron ore mining mess - Congress seeks Chhattisgarh CM resignation

Dr Raman Singh Chhattisgarh chief minister faced opposition heat in the state assembly as the Congress members pressed for his resignation for recommending an iron ore mine for an allegedly bogus company.

The house was then adjourned sine die, a day before the winter session was originally scheduled to end.

The Congress legislators attacked Dr Singh for recommending to the central government allotment of a mine to Pushp Steel and Mines Ltd that was formed in New Delhi in 2004 with a paid up capital of just INR 100,000.

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