- 57% voter turnout recorded in sixth phase of polls
- Over 1.72 crore people will cast their vote in the penultimate phase of UP elections
- 635 candidates in the fray for 49 seats
- Yogi Adityanath and Mukhtar Ansari among the leaders contesting elections
- 17,926 polling booths have been set up for the voting
57% Voter Turnout Recorded in Sixth Phase
An estimated 57% percent voters cast their votes in the sixth phase of Uttar Pradesh elections.
Modi Attacks Akhilesh Yadav Government
Attacking the Samajwadi Party again, Modi said he exposed the misdeeds of the Akhilesh Yadav government in his previous rally.
At the rally in Jaunpur, Modi castigated everybody who speaks against the Indian Army. Raking up the issue of surgical strikes once again, he attacked people and parties that use the the Army as a political tool.
“For 40 years our forces demanded OROP but nothing happened. I had promised that the BJP government will deliver on OROP and we did,” he further said.
Rahul Gandhi, Akhilesh Yadav Hold Joint Roadshow
Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav held a joint roadshow during the sixth phase of the state polls.
Kushinagar, Mau Lead in 25% Polling in Four Hours in UP
Thousands of people from Kushinagar and Mau districts in UP cast their votes polling 30 and 27 per cent respectively, according to an Election Commission official.
Till 11 a.m., 25 per cent voting was reported from Ballia, 23 per cent from Maharajganj and Deoria, and 22 per cent from Gorakhpur.
Azamgarh, the Lok Sabha constituency of Samajwadi Party patron Mulayam Singh Yadav recorded the lowest turnout of 21 per cent. The SP patriarch did not campaign in this constituency. Meanwhile, the second highest turnout of voters were seen in Mau where mafia don turned politician Mukhtar Ansari was fielded by the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP).
BJP Will Form the Government in the State: Rajnath Singh
As sixth phase polling in Uttar Pradesh is underway, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh appeared confident of a BJP majority in the state. He said,
23.28% Voting Recorded Till 11 am
Voter turnout in the sixth phase of UP elections 2017 recorded at 23.28 percent till 11 am.
As UP Goes to Polls in Phase Six, PM Modi Lands in Varanasi
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has landed in Banaras Hindu University in Varanasi. He is scheduled to address public meetings in Jaunpur and Varanasi today. He will also offer prayers at the Kashi Vishwanath temple and the Kaal Bhairab temple shortly.
Indo-Nepal border with Maharajganj and Gorakhpur, and Bihar Border Sealed
Police patrolling has intensified along interdistrict borders and barriers have been erected on highways to keep an eye on movements of vehicles.
The 84 km-long Indo-Nepal border has been sealed by Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) and only emergency vehicles will be allowed to cross the border, District Electoral Officer Virendra Kumar Singh said.
Cameras have also been installed on the Sonauli Indo-Nepal Border of Maharajganj district on to prevent illegal movement of people during polling.
Yogi Adityanath Casts His Vote, Says BJP Will Get Two-Third Majority
Yogi Adityanath casts his vote at booth no. 3705 in Gorakhpur in Uttar Pradesh.
Speaking outside the polling booth after casting his vote, he said
BJP will win with a heavy majority in the sixth phase of elections in UP and get a two-third majority in the state. Development and nationalism are the issues on which BJP is fighting the elections. We want everyone to benefit from development and ensure the security of every citizen.Yogi Adityanath, BJP MP, Gorakhpur
1.72 Crore Voters to Decide Fate of 635 Candidates
Over 1.72 crore voters will on Saturday decide the fate of 635 candidates in the fray for 49 seats in the sixth phase of Uttar Pradesh assembly elections.
Uttar Pradesh Chief Electoral Officer T Venkatesh said 17,926 polling booths have been set up for the voting in the penultimate round in the following seven districts:
Arrangements have been made to ensure free and fair polling.
Big Name Leaders in The Fray
In the fray in the penultimate phase are many state leaders, including BJP’s Swamy Prasad Maurya (Padrauna seat), former UP BJP chief Surya Pratap Shahi (Pathardeva), BJP's Gorakhpur MP Mahant Adityanath and Mukhtar Ansari, the don-turned-politician contesting the Mau seat from behind the bars.
Voting will also be held for the Azamgarh assembly seat. The parliamentary constituency by the same name is represented in the Lok Sabha by former state CM Mulayam Singh Yadav.
Gorakhpur has a maximum of 127 candidates for nine seats while the minimum seven are contesting Mohammadabad Gohna seat in Mau. As many as 175 Independents are also in fray.
Of the total candidates in this phase, 126 have criminal cases against them whereas 160 are millionaires.
(With PTI, IANS and ANI Inputs)