UP elections 2017: Phase 4 voting ends, over 61 pc voter turnout recorded

Of the 53 seats in the fourth phase, Samajwadi Party had won 24 in 2012, BJP 5, BSP 15, Congress 6 and �others� 3.

UP elections 2017: Phase 4 voting ends, over 61 pc voter turnout recorded

As the fourth phase of the Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections 2017 ends on Thursday, the Election Commission said over 60 percent voter turnout has been recorded in the 53 assembly constituencies.




The districts went for polls in the fourth phase include Pratapgarh, Kaushambi, Allahabad, Jalaun, Jhansi, Lalitpur, Mahoba, Banda, Hamirpur, Chitrakoot and Fatehpur. Samajwadi Party and Bahujan Samaj Party supporters clashed in Mahoba constituency. 4 people have been injured in the incident.



The districts include the backward Bundelkhand region and the Nehru-Gandhi pocket borough of Rae Bareli. Congress President Sonia Gandhi’s Rae Bareli Lok Sabha constituency also votes today, however, in a first since 1998, Gandhi gave campaigning a miss in her constituency.



Patrolling by security forces has been intensified in poll-bound areas and most of the polling centres are manned by the central Para Military Forces. The fate of 680 candidates will be decided by 1.84 crore voters.

The maximum number of 26 candidates are from Allahabad North, while only six candidates are in fray in Khaga (Fatehpur), Manjhanpur (Kaushambi) and Kunda (Pratapgarh).

BSP has fielded its nominees in all 53 seats, while BJP fielded it's players only in 48 constituencies, leaving 6 seats for its ally Apana Dal. The SP nominees are contesting from 30 segments and its ally Congress is in fray from 25 constituencies.

In the 2012 Assembly polls, out of the 53 seats in the fourth phase, Samajwadi Party had won 24, BJP 5, BSP 15, Congress 6 and ‘others’ 3.

The prominent contestants include sitting Congress MLA Aradhana Mishra from Rampur Khas (Pratapgarh), the daughter of MP Pramod Tiwari, and independent MLA and minister Raghuraj Pratap Singh alias Raja Bhaiya, who is again contesting from his traditional Kunda (Pratapgarh) seat.



Elections for UP legislative assembly are being held in seven phases with three more — February 27, March 4 and 8 –to follow after today’s polling. The results will be out on March 11.

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