UP Elections 2017: Around 60% voting till 4 PM in phase 2 polls
In phase 2 of up elections, 721 candidates are in the fray with a maximum of 22 from Barhapur (Bijnor) and a minimum of four nominees from Dhanaura (Amroha).
The Phase 2 polling for Uttar Pradesh elections 2017 began on Wednesday morning for 67 seats. The voter turnout till 4 pm was recorded around 60 per cent.
The 11 districts for 67 seats where polling is on amid tight security arrangements are Saharanpur, Bijnor, Moradabad, Sambhal, Rampur, Bareilly, Amroha, Pilibhit, Kheri, Shahjahanpur and Badaun. Reports have quoted sources as saying that elaborate arrangement have been made for free and fair polling
Of the 67 seats at stake, ruling Samajwadi Party had won 34 in 2012, followed by BSP 18, BJP 10, Congress three and others two. In phase 2 of up elections, 721 candidates are in the fray with a maximum of 22 from Barhapur (Bijnor) and a minimum of four nominees from Dhanaura (Amroha).
While the BJP and the BSP are fighting on all 67 phase 2 seats, the SP is contesting 51 seats and Congress 18 and the Rashtriya Lok Dal 53. Nationalist Congress Party, Communist Party of India-Marxist and the Communist Party of India have also put up their candidates. There are 207 independents.
Notably, prominent contestants include controversial SP minister Azam Khan and his son Abdullah Azam, who are contesting from Rampur and Swar seats respectively, Saif Ali Naqvi, son of former Congress MP Zafar Ali Naqvi, former central minister Jitin Prasada from Tilhar (Shahjahanpur), BJP Legislature Party leader Suresh Kumar Khanna from Shahjahanpur city and state minister Mehboob Ali from Amroha.
The Election Commission has barred political parties and candidates from publishing advertisements in newspapers on Wednesday and Thursday without its approval. The EC has asked them to get the advertisements pre-certified from the Media Certification and Monitoring Committee at the state and district levels before their publication.
The poll body said the decision has been taken in view of past instances of advertisements of offending and misleading nature in print media on such occasions which vitiate the elections.
The next five phases of polling will be held on February 19, 23, 27 and on March 4 and 8. Counting of votes will be taken up on 11 March.
The staggered battle for the Uttar Pradesh assembly began on 11 February when 73 constituencies went to the polls. The first phase recorded 64.22 per cent voter turnout which was better than 59.60 per cent in 2012 and 45.96 per cent in 2007.