UP Election: Campaigning for phase 4 polling ends, voting on February 23

. Uttar Pradesh is voting in seven phases and the voter turnouts in the first three phases were 64.2, 66 and 62 per cent respectively.

UP Election: Campaigning for phase 4 polling ends, voting on February 23

The campaigning for the fourth phase of Uttar Pradesh Assembly polls ended on Tuesday as voters in the 53 assembly constituencies are set to cast their vote on February 23.

This phase of the elections will see voters marching to booths from constituencies spread over 12 districts including Allahabad, Pratapgarh, Kaushambi, Jalaun, Rae Bareli, Jhansi, Lalitpur, Mahoba, Banda, Hamirpur, Chitrakoot and Fatehpur.


In Congress President Sonia Gandhi's Raebareli Lok Sabha constituency,  Aditi Singh is contesting on Congress ticket, while minister Raghuraj Pratap Singh is contesting from his traditional Kunda (Pratapgarh) seat, reports said. A total of 630 candidates, including 50 women, are in the fray for election in this phase.

Uttar Pradesh is voting in seven phases and the voter turnouts in the first three phases were 64.2, 66 and 62 per cent respectively. The votes will be counted on March 11.

It’s a three-cornered contest in Uttar Pradesh after Akhilesh Yadav, 43, leading the Samajwadi Party teamed up with the Congress spearheaded by Rahul Gandhi, against the BJP and four-time chief minister Mayawati’s Bahujan Samaj Party. In 2012 elections, Samajwadi Party had won 55 of the 69 constituencies.

A bitter settlement in the Yadav family feud which ended with Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav taking over the reins of Samajwadi Party from his father Mulayam Singh will also be a key factor in determining if the first family retains its strongholds. On the other side, BJP has not projected a chief ministerial candidate for the UP elections and has built its campaign around PM Modi’s appeal.

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