UP polls: Polling underway in Muzaffarnagar amidst tight security

Over two crore voters are exercising their voting rights for 73 seats spread across 15 districts.

UP polls: Polling underway in Muzaffarnagar amidst tight security

With the UP polls begins on Saturday, a decent 15% polling was reported from Muzaffarnagar district of Uttar Pradesh till 9 am.

According to media reports, tight security arrangements have been made for smooth polling, especially in sensitive areas of Shamli, Aligarh, Muzaffarnagar, Mathura, Bulandshahr and Agra.

6,000 paramilitary personnel have been deployed in all polling centres in Muzaffarnagar and Shamli to instill a sense of security among voters, especially with focus on areas which had witnessed communal riots in 2013,

Press Trust of India reported.

The first phase of UP polls will be held in 73 assembly constituencies spread across 15 districts of the state. The most populous state of the country will on Saturday vote for 839 candidates at 26,823 polling stations.

UP chief minister Akhilesh Yadav urged people to "vote for development" and said: "Be a part of Uttar Pradesh's development. Vote for development."

Voting in Uttar Pradesh will be done in seven phases — February 11, 15, 19, 23, 27, March 4 and 8. The counting of votes will take place on March 11.