Lucknow: In the sixth phase of the Uttar Pradesh assembly elections, during the voting on Thursday, around 9 per cent people exercised their franchise till 9 am. Under the sixth phase of elections, polling began at 7 am on Thursday in 57 assembly constituencies, including Gorakhpur Sadar, which is the candidature of Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath. State Chief Electoral Officer Ajay Kumar Shukla said that in the sixth phase of the election, the voting started at 7 am and will continue till 6 pm. He said that on an average 8.69 per cent voting has taken place till 9 am.
9.46 per cent polling has been recorded in Ambedkar Nagar. Apart from this, Ballia recorded 7.57, Balrampur 8.13, Basti 9.88, Deoria 8.39, Gorakhpur 8.96, Kushinagar 9.64, Maharajganj 8.90, Sant Kabir Nagar 6.80 and Siddharth Nagar 8.28 percent. In this phase, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath (Gorakhpur Sadar), Health Minister Jai Pratap Singh (Bansi), Basic Education Minister Satish Dwivedi (Etwa), former Labor Minister Swami Prasad Maurya (Fazilnagar) and Congress state unit President Ajay Kumar Lallu (Tamkuhi) Raj)’s reputation is also at stake. Shukla said that around 2.15 crore voters, including one crore women, would be able to exercise their franchise in this phase.
All the voters who will be present at the polling places at 6 pm will be able to exercise their franchise. The electoral fate of a total of 676 candidates, including 66 women, will be decided in this phase. According to a statement by the state police, nine assembly constituencies, including Gorakhpur Sadar, the area where the chief minister’s candidature is expected, have been considered “sensitive” in the sixth phase.
These include Bansi, Etawa, Dumariaganj, Ballia Sadar, Phephna, Bairia, Sikanderpur and Bansdih. The Election Commission has deployed 56 General Observers, 10 Police Observers and 18 Expenditure Observers to keep an eye on the polling. Apart from this, 1,680 sector magistrates, 228 zonal magistrates, 173 static magistrates and 2,137 micro observers have also been deployed. Along with this, one Senior General Observer, one Senior Police Observer and two Senior Expenditure Observers have also been deployed at the state level.
Along with the voting under the sixth phase, re-polling will also take place at the polling station number 311 of Handia assembly constituency of Prayagraj district. Under the fifth phase, after the voting held on February 27 last, the commission has given instructions to conduct re-polling due to missing documents. Last time in the sixth phase of the 2017 assembly elections, out of these 57 seats, 46 seats were won by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and two by its allies Apna Dal (S) and Suheldev Bharatiya Samaj Party (SubHSP), although this time Subhaspa It is contesting the elections in alliance with the Samajwadi Party (SP).
In the sixth phase, the reputation of Chief Minister Adityanath is at stake from Gorakhpur Sadar seat. Apart from this, the State Health Minister Jai Pratap Singh is again trying his luck as a BJP candidate in the Bansi seat of Siddharthnagar district, while the Etwa seat of the same district is contested by former Speaker and SP candidate Mata Prasad Pandey, the state’s Basic Education Minister. And BJP candidate is from Satish Chandra Dwivedi.
Swami Prasad Maurya, who won the elections from the BJP last time from Padrauna assembly seat of Kushinagar district and was the labor minister in the Yogi government for nearly five years, is the SP candidate this time from the Fazilnagar seat of Kushinagar, where his main contest is against BJP’s Surendra Kushwaha. . State Agriculture Minister and BJP candidate Surya Pratap Shahi is pitted against his old rival and SP candidate Brahmashankar Tripathi in the Pathardeva seat of Deoria district. Apart from this, Minister of State for Independent Charge Shri Ram Chauhan (Khajni-Gorakhpur), Minister of State Jaiprakash Nishad (Rudrapur-Deoria) and Shalabh Mani Tripathi (Deoria), who came into politics from journalism, are in the fray as BJP candidates.
Ajay Kumar Lallu is in the fray from Tamkuhiraj seat of Kushinagar. In Ballia, Leader of Opposition Ram Govind Chaudhary (Bansdih) is trying his luck from SP. Lalji Verma, who was the leader of the BSP legislature party in the Katehri assembly seat of Ambedkarnagar district, is trying his luck as a SP candidate this time. At the same time, former BSP state president Ram Achal Rajbhar is the SP candidate this time in the Akbarpur assembly seat of the same district. (agency)