Campaigning for the fourth phase of Assembly polls in Uttar Pradesh will come to an end at 5 pm today. Polling will be held on February 23.
Polls on the fourth phase cover 53 constituencies in 12 districts, including crucial Bundelkhand region. It also covers AICC President Sonia Gandhi’s Rae Bareli Lok Sabha constituency.
Prominent among those in the fray are sitting MLA Aradhana Mishra from Rampur Khas (Pratapgarh), the daugther of Congress MP Pramod Tiwari, and Independent MLA and Minister Raghuraj Pratap Singh alias Raja Bhaiya, who is again contesting from his traditional Kunda (Pratapgarh) seat.
In Sonia’s constituency Raebareli, Aditi Singh is contesting on Congress ticket, BSP turncoat Swami Prasad Maurya’s son Utkarsh Maurya is in fray from Unchahar seat, while Leader of opposition Gaya Charan Dinkar is contesting from Naraini (Banda) seat.
Senior SP leader Reoti Raman Singh’s son Ujjwal Raman Singh is in the race from Karchana (Allahabad) seat.
Apart from Bundelkhand, Other districts going to polls in the fourth phase include Pratapgarh, Kaushambi, Allahabad, Jalaun, Jhansi, Lalitpur, Mahoba, Banda, Hamirpur, Chitrakoot and Fatehpur.
More than 600 candidates are testing their fate in the polls scheduled for February 23. In 2012 polls, out of the 53 seats in this phase, SP won 24, BJP 5, BSP 15, Congress 6 and others 3.
As per the recent report released by the Uttar Pradesh Election Watch and Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR), a total of 189 crorepati candidates are in fray in the fourth phase of UP polls, while 116 have declared criminal cases against themselves.
“Out of 680 candidates, 189 are crorepatis. 45 out of 53 candidates from BSP, 36 of 48 from BJP, 26 of 33 from SP, 17 of 25 from INC, 6 of 39 candidates from RLD and 25 of 200 Independent candidates have declared assets worth more than Rs 1 crore,” the report said.