UP, Manipur Assembly Polls: Final phase campaigning to end

RSTV Bureau

The seventh and final phase campaign of the Uttar Pradesh and Manipur Assembly elections will end on Monday evening.  Being Prime Minister’s constituency the entity campaign of the 7th phase cantered around high-profile Varanasi. Prime Minister Narendra Modi had addressed two mega road shows in the holy town and held rallies to garner support for his party candidates.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi kicked off his roadshow in his parliamentary constituency of Varanasi on Saturday.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi kicked off his roadshow in his parliamentary constituency of Varanasi on Saturday.

Congress- SP alliance also addressed rallies in the town countering PM’s road shows.

.41 crore eligible voters, including 64.76 lakh women, who will cast their votes in 14,458 polling booths in this phase. Polling for 40 seats spread across 7 districts, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s constituency, will be held on March 8.

Three Naxal-affected districts of Sonebhadra, Mirzapur and Chandauli, along with the Assembly segments under Varanasi Lok Sabha constituency, will be in prime focus in this phase

There are around 535 candidates including 51 female are in the fray with maximum of 24 candidates in Varanasi Cant seat and the minimum of 6 in Kerakhat.

 Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi and UP Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav wave to the crowd at a  public rally in Kanpur Photo-PTi

Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi and UP Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav wave to the crowd at a public rally 
Photo-PTi

BSP is contesting on 40 seats, while BJP on 32, SP on 31, Congress 9 and RLD 21 seats

In the last assembly polls held in 2012, 23 seats went to SP, 5 to BSP, 4 to BJP, 3 to Congress and 5 to others.

Manipur

The second Phase poll campaign for Manipur Assembly will also come to an end on Monday. 22 Assembly constituencies will go to polls in the 2nd phase on March 8

This election is billed as a major test for the Okram Ibobi Singh-led Congress govt in the state which has been in power for the last 15 years

The state has been saddled with an indefinite economic blockade since November 1, 2016, imposed by the United Naga Council, causing immense hardship to the people as the supply of essential commodities, especially fuel, in the land-locked state has choked

Blockade has been imposed on Manipur’s “lifelines” – national highways 2 and 37, in protest against the state govt’s decision to carve out seven new districts from the existing ones