Uttar Pradesh elections 2017: Phase 6 polling underway for 49 seats
Out of 635 candidates in fray, 126 have declared criminal cases against them.
In the second last phase of crucial Uttar Pradesh polls, the state votes for 49 seats in 7 districts. The voter turnout was 38 per cent till 3 pm.
Around 1.72 crore voters of districts Mau, Gorakhpur, Maharajganj, Kushinagar, Deoria, Azamgarh and Ballia today vote for 635 candidates.
While the SP is contesting in 40 seats and Congress in 9 seats under alliance, the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) is contesting in 45 seats and its ally Apna Dal in one. Another BJP partner Suheldev Bharatiya Samaj Party is contesting 3 seats, and the Bahujan Samajwadi Party has fielded candidates on all 49 seats.
Out of these candidates, 126 have declared criminal cases against them. Mayawati's BSP tops the list with 24 candidates with criminal records in the fray this phase, in Uttar Pradesh.
Samajwadi Party patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav's Azamgarh Lok Sabha constituency remains in focus. The state has been witnessing tough war of words between Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav and Prime Minister Narendra Modi ever since campaigning began.
After phase 7 elections in the state on March 8, the counting of votes will be done on March 11 for all the 5 states.