Final phase of polling in UP, Manipur over

RSTV Bureau

It is the final phase of the grand Assembly Elections of 2017. The states of UP and Manipur are voting in the final phase of the assembly elections. Polling is underway in 40 seats of Uttar Pradesh and 22 constituencies of Manipur. Voter turnout till 9 am has been pegged at 20 per cent across teh state.

Voters  stand in queues at a polling center to cast their votes during Manipur Assembly elections  File Photo-PTI

Voters stand in queues at a polling center to cast their votes during Manipur Assembly elections
File Photo-PTI

Voting for the second phase of polling in Manipur covering 22 assembly constituency has started at 7 am Wednesday.

These seats are spread across the districts of Thoubal, MInisterUkhrul, Chandel, Tamenglong and Senapati. A total of 98 candidates contesting in this constituencies

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has asked voters in Manipur to turn out in large numbers and vote for the final phase of polling.

In the final phase of the UP poll, the big test will be for Prime Minister Narendra Modi as his parliamentary seat of Varanasi will go to polls. In Manipur the fate of chief minister Okram Ibobi Singh, deputy CM, Gaikhangam and Irom Sharmila will be decided.

Around 538 candidates are contesting in the seventh and last phase of polling in UP where Bhadohi. Chandauli, Ghazipur, Jaunpur, Mirzapur, Sonbhadra and Varanasi districts are voting. PM’s Varanasi Lok Sabha Constituency has the highest seats.

Who will come out toppers in this phase and will Manipur be able to repeat the high voter turnout of the first phase in which 86 per cent polled

Counting of votes polled in all the seven phases of the Assembly polls will be taken up on March 11. Polling will be held between 7 AM to 5 PM in all constituencies, except the Naxal-hit Duddhi, Robertsganj and Chakia seats, where polling will end at 4 PM.

The BJP is contesting 32 seats and its allies the Apana Dal and the Suheldev Bharatiya Samaj Party are contesting on 4 seats each. The BSP has fielded its nominees for all seats. While the SP is contesting 31 seats, its ally the Congress is in race for the remaining seats.

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.

For the last phase, Prime Minister Narendra Modi spent three days in Varanasi, where he visited temples, held a roadshow and attended a number of public events. He also addressed several rallies in the region to give a final push to the BJP campaign.

Voters stand in queue to cast their votes at a polling station

Voters stand in queue to cast their votes at a polling station

Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav and Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi also matched it with their own campaign blitz in the region.

Joined by Akhilesh’s wife Dimple, the two leaders held a roadshow, hours after Modi arrived in the city and paid obeisance at the Kashi Vishwanath and Kal Bhairav temples with much fanfare.

BSP chief Mayawati, who is seeking a fifth term as Chief Minister, also addressed a rally in Rohaniya, around 20 km from Varanasi on the same day.

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.

Polling in Alapur seat will be held on Thursday. Voting in this constituency was postponed following the demise of a candidate belonging to a recognised political party.

The Election Commission has also postponed telecast of exit polls till 5:30 PM on Thursday, keeping this polling in mind.