UP polls 2017: Phase 5 polling nears 50 pc till 3 pm

A total of 1.84 crore voters will exercise their franchise at 18,822 polling booths today.

UP polls 2017: Phase 5 polling nears 50 pc till 3 pm

In the fifth of its seven-phase elections, Uttar Pradesh votes in 51 constituencies of 11 districts. The state's 49.19 per cent voters exercised their franchise till 3 pm.

The fifth phase will decide the fate of 607 candidates who are in the fray in this phase with the maximum of 24 candidates in Amethi and minimum of 6 each in Kapilvastu and Etwa seats of Siddharth Nagar district.

A total of 1.84 crore voters will exercise their franchise at 18,822 polling booths today.


The Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) has fielded its nominees in all 51 segments while the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is contesting 50 seats. The saffron party has left one seat to its ally Apana Dal. The Samajwadi Party nominees are in the fray from 43 constituencies and its ally congress is contesting in 14 seats.

The shrill campaign that had started after the first 3 phases, continued in the run-up to this phase too, with comments from key political leaders, including Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav and Mayawati, indicating a no-holds-barred battle. This evening, the Central forces conducted a flag march in the sensitive areas close to the Terai region in Nepal's foothills.

The ruling Samajwadi Party won 37 seats of seats in 2012, the BJP and the Congress won five seats each, BSP had won three and Peace Party won two seats.

The prominent contestants include Samajwadi Party's controversial minister Gayatri Prajapati, who will face Ameeta Sinh of the Congress and Garima Sinh of the BJP in Amethi. Ameeta Sinh is the wife of Congress leader Sanjay Sinh, Garima Sinh is his estranged spouse.



Due to the death of Samajwadi Party candidate Chandrashekhar Kanaujia in Alapur (Ambedkar Nagar), the Election Commission has said voting will be held there on March 9.

The elections to the 403 seats of Uttar Pradesh are being held in seven phases starting February 11. The results will be announced on March 11.

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