Polling began at 8 am and will end at 5 pm, an election official said.
The bypoll was necessitated after the death of sitting BJP MLA Bhima Mandavi in a Maoist attack in April
Last week, an FIR was registered with the Civil Lines police station against Jogi after a government-appointed committee rejected the latter's claim of being a tribal.
Rounds of meetings have been held since June this year where tribals have been invited to discuss the plan and form village level committees.
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BJP MLA Shivratan Sharma said a large section of the state's population follows Kabir Panth and it was against their customs
Markam's elevation to the post comes at a time when the party is coming to terms with its debacle in the Lok Sabha polls in which it could win just two parliamentary seats from the state despite coming to power with a massive mandate in the December assembly poll.
Although the Centre and the state's policies on the rehabilitation of Maoists do not legally dismiss pending cases upon their surrender, they are rarely followed up.
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The adivasis were protesting the proposed mining of a hill, considered sacred. The hill was to be mined by NCL, a joint venture between NMDC and the state's Mineral Development Corporation.
"It was not clear why he was killed as no Maoist pamphlet or note was recovered from the spot," an official said.
With an increase in the assembly polls vote share, the Congress hoping to close the small lead margin BJP had in some seats last time.
Voting for the third phase of Lok Sabha polls in the state began in Raipur, Durg, Bilaspur, Korba, Janjgir-Champa (SC), Surguja (ST) and Raigarh (ST) amid tight security at 7 am, an election official said.
The rallies will be held at Bilaspur district and at Bhilai town in Durg district.
Voting began in Kanker, Rajnandgaon and Mahasamund constituencies at 7 am.
The skirmish took place in the morning at a forest in Daulikarka village when a team of the District Reserve Guard (DRG) was out on an anti-Naxal operation, Deputy Inspector General (anti-Naxal operations) Sundarraj P told PTI.
Fresh from its victory in the assembly elections last year after a 15 year gap, the Congress is hoping to improve its tally in the state against the BJP, which had won 10 out of 11 seats in 2014 general polls.
In the last three Lok Sabha polls in 2004, 2009 and 2014 after the formation of Chhattisgarh, BJP had won 10 seats in the state every time.
Naxal-hit Bastar was the only Lok Sabha constituency that voted in the first phase in Chhattisgarh, which has 11 seats.
Dantewada falls in the Bastar Lok Sabha seat which will go to polls in the first phase on April 11.
This will be Modi's first rally in Chhattisgarh after the Lok Sabha election dates were announced last month. Polling for 11 seats in the state will be held in three phases- on April 11, 18 and 23.
The skirmish took place in the forest near Chameda village in Dhamtari district when a joint team of CRPF's 211 battalion and District Force (DF) was out on an anti-naxal operation, a police official told PTI.
The encounter comes a week before polling for the first phase of Lok Sabha elections is held in the state