Published On: Sun, Feb 19th, 2017

Early morning queues in UP’s third phase registers 24% polling in 4 hours

Lucknow: Brisk voting has been reported from most of the 69 assembly seats which are going to polls on Sunday in the third phase of the Uttar Pradesh elections.

Many voters were out early morning so that they do not have to wait in long queues later in the day

Long queues have been seen in Lucknow, Kanpur and Etawah where people went early morning to cast their votes.

Similar scences were witnessed in Lucknow where Union Home minister Rajnath Singh cast his vote and exuded confidence about the victory of his party at the hustings.

Large crowds swarmed polling stations in Indiranagar, Gomtinagar, Aliganj Chowk in the old city and Aashiana.

Many voters were out early morning so that they do not have to wait in long queues later in the day.

An average of 24 per cent voting has been recorded in the first four hours of polling in the third phase of the Uttar Pradesh assembly election on Sunday, Election Commission (EC) officials said.

A total of 28 per cent voting has been recorded in the first two hours in Sitapur, 27.65 per cent in Kannauj, which is the parliamentary constituency of Dimple Yadav, wife of Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, and 10 per cent in Farukkhabad and Auraiyya.

Slow voter turnout has been reported from Kanpur city where in the first two hours only 21 per cent balloting was witnessed.

Ram Gopal Yadav, Samajwadi Party (SP) General Secretary, and Abhayram Yadav, the brother of Mulayam Singh Yadav, cast their votes in Saifai in Etawah.

Bahujan Samaj Party supremo Mayawati also cast her vote here and so did Pankaj Singh, son of Home Minister Rajnath Singh.

As many as 826 candidates are in the fray and their fate would be decided by 2.41 crore voters.

In this round, all eyes are set on major personalities such as former PWD Minister Shivpal Singh Yadav, Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav’s daughter-in-law Aparna Yadav, BJP’s Rita Bahuguna Joshi, ministers Abhishek Mishra, Arvind Singh ‘Gope’, Fareed Mehmood Kidwai and the Bharatiya Janata Party’s Ashutosh Tandon, Brajesh Pathak and the Bahujan Samaj Party’s Nakul Dubey.

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