UP records 60 per cent voter turnout

Lucknow: Uttar Pradesh recorded a voter turnout of over 60 per cent in the 10 constituencies where polling took place in the third phase on Tuesday, election officials said.

Prominent UP leaders in the fray in this phase are four members of Samajwadi Party patron Mulayam Singh Yadav's clan, besides senior party leader Azam Khan and actor-turned-BJP-candidate Jaya Prada.

The overall voting percentage was 60.52 per cent, UP's Chief Electoral Officer L Venkateshwarulu told reporters after polling closed at 6 pm. He said polling was held peacefully in the state.

There were complaints of electronic voting machines (EVMs) malfunctioning at some booths and they were promptly attended to, he had said earlier.

The SP lodged a complaint over the alleged malfunctioning of EVMs with the Election Commission, terming it criminal negligence.

According to a report from Sambhal, some EVMs developed snags in Chandausi and Asmoli assembly segments of the Aonla Lok Sabha seat.

In Pilibhit, polling at a sensitive booth in Kukrikheda started late by about an hour due to faulty EVMs.

At a booth in Etah zila panchayat, presiding officer Yogesh Kumar was removed after people accused him of forcing them to cast their votes in favour of the SP.

SP leader and former chairman of Bhargain Nagar Panchayat, Ahmed Nafis, was taken into custody in Kasganj in Etah after authorities anticipated breach of peace. He was to be placed in police custody till 6 pm, officials said.

SP MP Dharmendra Yadav, who is seeking re-election from Badaun, lodged a complaint against senior state minister Swami Prasad Maurya, claiming that he was campaigning in the constituency for his daughter and BJP candidate Sanghmitra Maurya.

But a raid at a house by district administration officials failed to locate him.

Poll rules bar party leaders from camping in a constituency after campaigning ends, unless they themselves are registered voters there.

The Uttar Pradesh seats where polling took place Tuesday are spread over the Rohilkhand region, where the BJP had won seven out of the 10 seats in 2014.

SP founder Mulayam Singh Yadav (Mainpuri) and nephews Dharmendra Yadav and Akshay Yadav (Badaun) and Akshay Yadav (Firozabad) are seeking re-election.

Pitted against Akshay Yadav, son of Mulayam Singh Yadav's cousin Ram Gopal Yadav, is Shivpal Yadav, another brother of the SP patriarch.

Shivpal Yadav floated a new political outfit, Pragatisheel Samajwadi Party (Lohia), after falling out with SP president Akhilesh Yadav.

In 2014, Mulayam Singh had won both the Mainpuri and Azamgarh seats, but vacated the first one, which was won by another family member Tej Pratap Singh in a by-election.

Senior SP leader Azam Khan is contesting from Rampur which witnessed a new low in campaigning this time with the controversial leader making a derogatory remark against BJP candidate Jaya Prada.

Other political heavyweights in Tuesday's test include Union Minister Santosh Kumar Gangwar, who is fighting from Bareilly and BJP's Varun Gandhi from Pilibhit.

Altogether 1.76 crore voters were eligible to exercise their franchise in this phase at 20,116 polling booths. Some 120 candidates are in the fray for the 10 seats.

With three polling phases nationwide over now, voting has taken place in 26 of the 80 Lok Sabha constituencies in Uttar Pradesh.

The Bharatiya Janata Party here faces an alliance of the Samajwadi Party, the Bahujan Samaj Party and the Rashtriya Lok Dal.

Tags : uttar pradesh uttar pradesh news uttar pradesh samachar uttar pradesh election uttar pradesh election date uttar pradesh election news uttar pradesh election schedule 2019 uttar pradesh election dates 2019 up polls up polls 2019 up polls today up polls latest up election 2019 up election up election date up election news up election today election date 2019 election election news elections 2019 election today elections elections today elections in india elections 2019 schedule elections today in india polls polls 2019 polls today polls in india polls today in india lok sabha polls lok sabha polls 2019 schedule lok sabha polls phase 3 lok sabha polls today lok sabha elections 2019 lok sabha elections 2019 date lok sabha election lok sabha election date 2019 lok sabha election today lok sabha elections voting ls polls ls polls phase 3 ls polls today ls polls 2019 ls polls date ls elections 2019 ls elections phase 3 ls elections in india ls election ls election 2019 dates ls election phase 3 ls election schedule shivpal yadav shivpal yadav party shivpal yadav news shivpal singh yadav shivpal singh yadav news samajwadi party samajwadi party news bsp bsp news bsp candidate 2019 bsp party azam khan azam khan news azam khan jayaprada azam khan remark jaya prada azam khan ke bhashan azam khan ki news jaya prada jaya prada bjp jaya prada election 2019 bjp bjp news dharmendra yadav mulayam singh mulayam singh yadav mainpuri mulayam singh yadav lok sabha seat mayawati mayawati ke samachar mayawati news mayawati twitter mayawati akhilesh akhilesh yadav akhilesh yadav news evm evm malfunction evm malfunction news evm malfunction 2019 sp party

Disclaimer : Mytimesnow (MTN) lets you explore worldwide viral news just by analyzing social media trends. Tap read more at source for full news. The inclusion of any links does not necessarily imply any endorsement of the views expressed within them.