The BJP has fielded Shankarlal Tripathi while the Congress has pitted Neelandhu Chaturvedi. The seat fell vacant after the death of Congress legislator Prem Singh.
In a clear sign of how important the by-poll is, both parties have commissioned top leaders to lead the charge.
Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan is camping for three days in the constituency seen as a Congress stronghold. "Your mama will fulfil the promise. Moong at Rs 1,455 per quintal, moongfali Rs 780 per quintal. Tell me from your heart, can any Chief Minister do this? People said we will be ruined and nothing will be left but I said Lord Ram will help us," he said in his pitch to a crowd of farmers and their families.
Chitrakoot is also crucial for Congress's Ajay Singh - the leader of the opposition. Prem Singh, the Congress MLA whose death necessitated the poll, was his father Arjun Singh's loyalist. Voters in Chitrakoot are from three main castes Brahmin, Thakur and Kurmi. The Congress and BJP both have pitched Brahmin candidates to try and tap the 40 per cent Brahmin votes.
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