Phase-IV Poll: SP Can­di­date’s Son Shot at in Ma­hoba

Huge turnout re­ported from dis­tricts in Bun­delk­hand re­gion; bal­lot­ing brisk in Rae Bareli, not much en­thu­si­asm in Al­la­habad ‘Vot­ing per­cent­age was 61 till 5 pm. We hope it will go up to 63’; Polling slow in first half of day

The Economic Times - - Pure Politics -

New Delhi: The fourth phase of assem­bly elec­tions in UP was by and large peace­ful — with one case of fir­ing re­ported in Ma­hoba — and saw 61% polling till 5 pm, higher than in 2012. Deputy elec­tion com­mis­sioner Vijay Dev said polling per­cent­age is ex­pected to go up to 63. “The vot­ing per­cent­age was 61 till 5 pm. We hope it will go up to 63,” he said.

The 53 seats spread over 12 dis­tricts that went to the polls on Thurs­day had seen 59.9% polling in the 2012 assem­bly polls while it was 57.1% in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls. Over 1.84 crore vot­ers were el­i­gi­ble to cast their votes in the fourth phase. With Thurs­day’s round, polling in 262 of the 403 con­stituen­cies spread across west­ern and c e n t r a l UP a s we l l a s Bun­delk­hand re­gion has been com­pleted. Polling was slow dur­ing the first half of the day but picked up later, elec­tion com­mis­sion of­fi­cials said. A to­tal of 680 can­di­dates were in the fray, in­clud­ing 61 women. Huge polling was re­ported from dis­tricts in Bun­delk­hand re­gion — Ma­hoba, Jhansi, Chi­trakoot, Hamir­pur, Banda, Jalaun and Lal­it­pur — where peo­ple stood in ser­pen­tine queues to vote. But res­i­dents of some vil­lages boy­cotted the polls to protest lack of de­vel­op­ment and ba­sic ameni­ties. Bal­lot­ing in Rae Bareli, the Lok Sabha con­stituency of Congress Pres­i­dent So­nia Gandhi, was brisk through the day while Al­la­habad did not see much en­thu­si­asm among vot­ers. Prom­i­nent among those who voted in the fourth phase were Ben­gal Gov­er­nor Ke­sari Nath Tri­pathi, Union min­is­ter Ni­ran­jan Jy­oti, BJP state chief KP Mau­rya, Congress’ Ra­jyaSab­hamem­berPramod­Ti­wari and his daugh­ter Aradhna Mishra, who is the party can­di­date from Ram­pur Khas in Prat­ap­garh district.

Polling was by and large peace­ful ex­cept for skir­mishes in Prat­ap­garh be­tween BJP and BSP ac­tivists and in Ma­hoba,be­tweenSPandBSP­work­ers. SP can­di­date SG Sahu’s son was shot and se­ri­ously in­jured at Ma­hoba.

The elec­tronic vot­ing ma­chines de­vel­ope­d­snagsi­natleas­t­a­dozen­places, dis­rupt­ing the elec­tion process. SPhad­won­the­max­i­mum­num­berof seats in these parts in the 2012 elec­tions, fol­lowed by BSP. Ph-I (73 seats) Ph-II (67 seats) Ph-III (69 seats)# Ph-IV (53 seats)# 2012* 2012 (403 seats) 2014 (LS polls)* 2014 (80 LS seats)

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