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UP Assembly Polls 2017: About 60 per cent turnout recorded till 1700 hours

It could be mentioned that polling for the seventh phase will be held in seven districts, namely, Ghazipur, Varanasi, Chandauli, Mirzapur, Bhadohi, Sonbhadra and Jaunpur and apart from Varanasi, the focus would also be at three Naxal-affected districts of Sonbhadra, Mirzapur and Chandauli. Huge police

Arnima Dwivedi

Arnima DwivediBy Arnima Dwivedi

Published on 8 March 2017 4:44 AM GMT

UP Assembly Polls 2017: About 60 per cent turnout recorded till 1700 hours
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Lucknow: A voting percentage of about 60.03 was recorded at the end of last phase (seventh) polling in Uttar Pradesh assembly elections that started at 0700 hours on Wednesday (March 8) in the eastern region of the state.

The seventh phase will be a test for 535 candidates contesting the 2017 assembly elections. A total of 1.41 crore voters, including 64.76 lakh females will exercise their franchise in this phase to lock the fate of these politicos.

This phase has a number of 40 seats on which different political parties have nominated their candidates, comprising: 40 from BSP, 32 of BJP, 31 of SP, 9 of Congress, 21 of RLD and 5 of NCP.

District wise polling percentage:

Bhadohi: 58.30 per cent

Chandauli: 61.13 per cent

Ghazipur: 59.69 per cent

Jaunpur: 58.73 per cent

Mirzapur: 60.80 per cent

Sonbhadra: 61.00 per cent

Varanasi: 60.95 per cent

It could be mentioned that polling for the seventh phase will be held in seven districts, namely, Ghazipur, Varanasi, Chandauli, Mirzapur, Bhadohi, Sonbhadra and Jaunpur and apart from Varanasi, the focus would also be at three Naxal-affected districts of Sonbhadra, Mirzapur and Chandauli. Huge police force has also been deployed to these areas for peaceful polling.

A number of 14,458 polling booths have been set up for the voting.

The eastern UP fight:

  • The saffron party, which is locked in a tight electoral battle with the SP-Congress alliance and the Mayawati-led BSP, hopes that a good performance in the eastern parts of the state will take it past the majority mark in the 403-member state Assembly.
  • Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister and SP chief Akhilesh Yadav and his alliance partner Congress VP Rahul Gandhi have also been campaigning extensively in the parliamentary constituency of the PM. The two leaders almost crossed path with the PM while holding road shows to garner maximum votes to their favour.
  • The Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati has also toured various eastern constituencies of the state to attract the Muslim electorate to her favour.

Results of the polling would be announced on March 11.

Arnima Dwivedi

Arnima Dwivedi

A journalist, presently working as a sub-editor with newstrack.com. I love exploring new genres of humans and humanity.

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