UP elections 2017: 60 pc turnout in Phase 7 polls
As voting got underway in Manipur and Uttar Pradesh on Wednesday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi urged voters to come out and vote in large numbers.
In the last leg of crucial Uttar Pradesh polls, around 1.41 crore voters cast their ballot in 40 constituencies for the fate of 585 candidates. The voter turnout recorded was 60.03 per cent.
In the seventh and final phase of Uttar Pradesh elections, a total of 535 candidates, including 51 women, are in the fray for these assembly seats spread across 7 districts of eastern Uttar Pradesh, known as Poorvanchal.
Prominent candidates who are in fray include former Cabinet minister Om Prakash, Parasnath Yadav, Ajay Rai, former MP Dhananjay Singh, Sigbatullah Ansari brother of Mukhtar Ansari and Seema Singh wife of jailed mafia Munna Bajrangi.
In the 2012 state Assembly polls, out of these 40 seats, 23 went to the SP, 5 to the BSP, 4 to the BJP, 3 to the Congress and 5 to others. This year, SP has tied up with Congress for the elections while BJP and BSP also try to win the vote of the country's most populous state.
The 40 constituencies include PM Narendra Modi's Lok Sabha constituency Varanasi. The last week saw a series of rallies and campaigning by leaders from all parties, especially in Varanasi. Prime Minister Modi spent 3 days in his constituency taking out two road shows and addressing two major rallies.
As voting got underway in Manipur and Uttar Pradesh on Wednesday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has urged voters to come out and vote in large numbers.
"Today is the last phase of polls in Uttar Pradesh. I request you to mandatorily cast your valuable vote. 'Pehle Matdaan, fir Jalpaan' (First vote, then food)," the Prime Minister tweeted.
An encounter took place on the outskirts of Lucknow on the eve of voting. Uttar Pradesh ATS neutralised a terrorist linked with ISIS, who was allegedly involved in Ujjain train blast.
The elections are being held in seven phases in Uttar Pradesh and so far six phases have been concluded peacefully. Tight security arrangements have been made in all the districts where polling is taking place today.
The results will be declared on March 11 along with that of Manipur, Uttarakhand, Goa and Punjab.