Campaign ends for phase 5 of UP Assembly polls

RSTV Bureau

up-banne5Campaign for the fifth phase of Assembly polls in Uttar Pradesh ended at 5 pm on Saturday.

A total of 51 constituencies, spread across 11 districts in eastern Uttar Pradesh, will go to polls on February 27.

The campaign for the fifth phase was marked by war of words amongst rival parties. Political rivalry touched a new low with all the name calling.

Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav and Prime Minister Narendra Modi squabbled over an animal (donkey), while BSP chief Mayawati and BJP chief Amit Shah called each other terrorists.

The districts going to polls in the fifth phase are Balrampur, Gonda, Faizabad, Ambedkar Nagar, Bahraich, Shravasti, Siddharth Nagar, Basti, Sant Kabir Nagar, Amethi and Sultanpur.

The ruling Samajwadi Party had won 37 seats out of 52 (total seats in this phase, including Alapur) in 2012 while BJP and Congress won five seats each. BSP had won three, while the Peace Party won two seats.

Shravasti, Balrampur, Sultanpur and Ambedkar Nagar had emerged as strongholds of Samajwadi Party which won all the seats in the previous state polls.

In all, 608 candidates are in the fray in this phase with maximum of 24 candidates in Amethi, the Lok Sabha constituency of Rahul Gandhi.

A total of 1.84 crore voters, including 96 lakh women, will exercise their franchise in the fifth phase.

Prominent contestants in this phase include controversial minister Gayatri Prasad Prajapati (SP), who will be facing Amita Singh (Congress) and Garima Singh (BJP) in Amethi.

Amita is the wife of Congress leader Sanjay Singh, while Garima is now estranged from Sanjay Singh.

SP ministers Vinod Kumar Singh alias Pandit Singh from Tarabganj (Gonda), Tej Narain Pandey alias Pawan Pandey from Ayodhya and BSP state president Ram Achal Rajbhar from Akbarpur are some of the other popular names trying their luck in this phase.

(With inputs from PTI)