UP Election 2017 as it happened: 60.03% voter turnout recorded as polling closes for seventh and final phase

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UP Election 2017 as it happened: 60.03% voter turnout recorded as polling closes for seventh and final phase
  • 17:14 (IST)

    Watch: Firstpost's roundup on the seventh and final phase of UP Election with SanjaySingh and Badrinarayan

  • 17:35 (IST)

    Voting for the seventh and final phase in Uttar Pradesh ends

  • 16:49 (IST)

    56 percent voting till 4 pm in UP phase 7 polls

    Around 56 per cent of the 1.41 crore voters exercised their franchise till 4 PM today in the seventh and last phase of Uttar Pradesh elections covering 40 Assembly seats spread over seven districts. Assembly constituencies in Varanasi saw 45 percent polling while the Naxal-hit Mirzapur had 47.50 percent polling till 4 pm, it said. PTI

  • 14:29 (IST)

    Over 41 percent voting till 2 pm in UP phase seven polls

    Over 41 per cent votes were polled till 2 pm on Wednesday in the seventh and last phase of Uttar Pradesh elections covering 40 Assembly seats spread over seven districts.

  • 13:16 (IST)

    Meanwhile... PM Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah offered prayers at Somnath temple

    As the massive polling exercise across five states draws towards its end, PM Modi and Amit Shah were seen offering prayers at the Somnath temple in Gujarat. 

    After concluding the high-decibel canvassing in all states, especially UP, looks like the BJP top-brass is now pleasing gods for their efforts to pay off.

  • 13:10 (IST)

    Modi's blatant Hindutva pitch after the third phase

    In the past couple of weeks, the prime minister's attitude and his speech strategy at rallies has changed unmistakably. Starting his speeches with the archetypal mitron, which Modi says with a smile, the prime minister's rally speeches suddenly found more of communal undertones and less of the various benefits of demonetisation.

    When Modi kick started his campaign in the state on 2 January with his Parivartan rally in Lucknow, the BJP was focussing on appeasing farmers, planning to announce some pro-poor schemes and focus on the many benefits of the 8 November, 2016 decision to demonetise Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 currency notes. The party planned to dedicate the campaigning on making sure that the demonetisation drive was used to its fullest. The second poll issue that Modi wanted to hammer home was development. Modi stayed clear of any communal references in his speech. Until that infamous 'kabristan' speech.

    The prime minister was criticised for playing the Hindutva card. Interestingly, the time when Modi made the graveyard comment, three phases of polling were already done. Ground reports did not give any political party a clear lead and analysts said that the shift from development plank to communal plank was party's strategy to engineer counter-polarisation sentiments by whipping up apprehensions about the Samajwadi Party's pro-minority image.

  • 13:05 (IST)

    Women vote in large numbers

    Aware that it was International Women's Day on the day of polling, most women told the waiting media outside the polling booths that they were voting to ensure safety and security for women and girls. Professors and members from the teaching fraternity turned up in large numbers to cast their votes in the early hours in the Benaras Hindu University (BHU). 

    Ajay Rai, the Congress candidate from Pindra, also cast his vote along with his wife. He first performed puja at a temple before heading for the polling station. Rai had unsuccessfully challenged Narendra Modi in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections.

  • 13:05 (IST)

    Farmers in Mirzapur's Chunar region boycott elections over lack of irrigation facilities

    Farmers boycotted voting in Mirzapur's Chunar assembly segment alleging lack of irrigation facilities & development.

  • 12:57 (IST)

    From 'bahu ji' to SP star campaigner: The metamorphosis of Dimple Yadav

    The reticent and soft-spoken bahu (daughter-in-law) of the first family of the ruling Samajwadi Party in UP, Dimple Yadav, has finally found her groove, emerging as a major crowd puller in election rallies all over the state.

    From the fumbling leader who repeatedly corrected herself while going through her written speeches, the new Dimple - the star campaigner - has learnt how to
    keep the audience especially the youth involved and impress them.

    PTI

  • 12:43 (IST)

    Over 26 percent voting till 12 noon in last phase of UP polls

    Over 26 per cent votes were polled till noon for the seventh and last phase of Uttar Pradesh elections. Polling started amidst tight security arrangements this
    morning with all eyes on Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Lok Sabha constituency Varanasi.

    Varanasi saw 23.76 percent polling, while the Naxal infested Mirzapur had 26.63 per cent polling till 11 am.

    PTI

  • Narendra Modi made UP Assembly polls a referendum on himself, but at what cost?

    A glance at news headlines will give to the uninitiated viewer an impression that this isn't a race for Assembly seats at all, but presidential polls with Modi pitted against a battery of rivals. Therefore, it is pertinent to explore how and why UP Assembly election has become a de facto referendum on Modi, a prime minister who obviously can't be a chief ministerial candidate.

    However, his unprecedented involvement in the campaign for state polls not only ensured that Modi remains the central figure in any narrative, but it pitted Mayawati and Akhilesh against him, instead of  weaker BJP candidates.

    Read the full analysis here

  • 12:25 (IST)

    PM Modi urges people to turn out and cast their votes

  • 12:13 (IST)

    Uttar Pradesh has had hung Assembly for 14 years, but trends changed in 2007

    Voters threw hung houses in the state for 14 years and that trend changed from 2007 when people decided to deliver a clear mandate. This time, with no clear wave in favour of any party and each of the key players claiming to get over 300 of the 403 seats at stake, party insiders say the outcome is unlikely to go in one direction.

    Increasingly seen as the 'bellwether' for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, the results will not only decide as to who will rule UP but show which way the wind is blowing ahead of the Lok Sabha elections two years hence.

  • 12:12 (IST)

    Uttar Pradesh has had hung Assembly for 14 years, and trend changed in 2007

    Voters threw hung Houses in the state for 14 years and that trend changed from 2007 when people decided to deliver a clear mandate. This time, with no clear wave in favour of any party and each of the key players claiming to get over 300 of the 403 seats at stake, party insiders say the outcome is unlikely to go in one direction.

    Increasingly seen as the 'bellwether' for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, the results will not only decide as to who will rule UP but show which way the wind is blowing ahead of the Lok Sabha elections two years hence.

  • 12:07 (IST)

    Spectre of hung Assembly looms over UP

    The iconic dialogue — picture abhi baaki hai mere dost — could well describe the current poll scenario in Uttar Pradesh where a hung Assembly is a possibility. Even before the election results are declared on March 11, party insiders do not discount chances of a fractured verdict after the seven phases of polling that will come to an end today in the absence of any wave.


    After all the key players talked about notching up 300 plus of the 403 seats, talks of a hung house suddenly gained momentum in the last phases of polling with Prime Minister Narendra Modi himself flagging the possibility of a hung assembly in the state. To win 202 or 50 percent seats this year, a party will need to get 35 percent of the vote share. Five years ago, the Samajwadi Party had needed just 29 percent of the vote share to win 226 seats.

    Mayawati's BSP had won only 80 seats with 26 percent votes. The two regional heavyweights saw a steep fall two years later, with the BJP and its ally Apna Dal sweeping the 2014 general election, winning 73 of UP's 80 seats with 42 per cent of the vote share.

    The BJP can afford to lose 7 percent of its vote share from 2014 to still win this year, while SP-Congress must gain 6 percent to reach 35 percent, and BSP will have to stretch about 15 percent to win.

  • 11:21 (IST)

    Over 13 percent voting till 10 AM in last phase of UP polls

    Over 13 per cent votes were polled in the first three hours of the seventh and last phase of UP elections. Three Naxal-affected districts of Sonbhadra, Mirzapur and Chandauli, along with the five Assembly segments under Varanasi Lok Sabha constituency, will be in prime focus.

    PTI

  • 11:19 (IST)

    Veteran BJP leader Murli Manohar Joshi casts his vote from Varanasi North constituency

  • 10:59 (IST)

    BSP banking on Muktar Ansari's appeal

    The BSP is banking heavily on the appeal of Mukhtar Ansari and his family. The region is home to hundreds of thousands of weavers, many of whom are Muslims. BSP chief Mayawati speaks of a groundswell in her party's favour. 


    "People have tried and tested both Narendra Modi and Akhilesh Yadav and there is nothing but disappointment. Purvanchal, like other parts of the state, is looking to the BSP for good governance," the Dalit leader told IANS.

  • 10:57 (IST)

    Most of SP's powerful leaders were expelled in Purvanchal region

    The Samajwadi Party expelled most of its powerful Purvanchal leaders after an internal party feud involving Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav and his estranged uncle Shivpal Singh. Senior cabinet minister and Akhilesh Yadav aide Rajendra Chowdhary said the region has always stood by the Samajwadi Party.

  • 10:49 (IST)

    Litmus test for BJP stalwarts in Purvanchal

    In Purvanchal, poverty is a dominant theme. In his speeches, Modi spoke a lot on joblessness and poverty. The BJP did not win even a single seat in five of the districts in 2012. The last phase of election is a litmus test for BJP stalwarts. 


    Former chief minister and current Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh comes from Chandauli. Mahendranath Pandey, an MP, is a member in the Modi government. Ghazipur MP Manoj Sinha is Minister of State for Railways. Apna Dal leader Anupriya Patel, a BJP ally, has a lot at stake too. Her parliamentary constituency Mirzapur goes to polls on Wednesday. BJP leader Vijay Bahadur Pathak says the party was confident of doing "exceedingly well" in Purvanchal. "We have performed beyond our expectations in the last six phases. We are sure of getting maximum seats in the final phase," Pathak told IANS. 

  • 10:43 (IST)

    Akhilesh addressed the most number of rallies

    With 211 rallies in just 36 days, Akhilesh became the leader who addressd the most number of rallies in Uttar Pradesh. A highly-charged final phase of campaigning for the Uttar Pradesh polls culminated on Monday with shows of strength by the BJP, the Samajwadi Party-Congress combine and the Bahujan Samaj Party in Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Varanasi constituency, where he camped for three days.

    Around 40 seats spread over seven eastern districts, including five in Varanasi, go to the polls on Wednesday, bringing the curtains down on the two month-long exercise staggered over seven phases. Predictions aside and in the run-up to 11 March, analysis of the high-octane campaigning in Uttar Pradesh throws up some interesting trends. Number game aside, the tone and texture of the speeches delivered by the major players in Uttar Pradesh gives us an insight of what the political parties might be expecting as the verdict day closes in.

    Read the full story here

  • 10:33 (IST)

    Onus on Samajwadi Party, but lot at stake for BJP and BSP

    Around 1.41 crore voters are eligible to take part in the balloting in the sprawling region that includes Varanasi, Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Lok Sabha constituency. While the onus is on the ruling Samajwadi Party to retain the 24 of the 40 seats it won in 2012, a lot is also at stake for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Modi himself as the party swept the Poorvanchal in the 2014 Lok Sabha battle.

    The Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), trying hard to regain power in the country's most populous state, has put in all its might to add to its 2012 tally of five seats. The Congress, now a Samajwadi ally, won three seats in 2012, the Quami Ekta Dal one and three independents too made it to the outgoing assembly.

  • 10:32 (IST)

    10.43% voting recorded till 9 am

  • 09:17 (IST)

    Three persons apprehended from Kanpur

  • 08:58 (IST)

    Prominent candidates of final phase

    Prominent candidates who are in fray include former Cabinet minister Om Prakash, Parasnath Yadav, Ajay Rai, former MP Dhananjay Singh, Sigbatullah Ansari brother of Mukhtar Ansari and Seema Singh wife of jailed mafia Munna Bajrangi.

    A total of 1.41 crore voters, including 64.76 lakh women, are eligible to exercise their franchise in 14,458 polling booths and 8,682 polling centres to decide fate of 585 candidates, including 51 women.

    Three Naxal-affected districts of Sonbhadra, Mirzapur and Chandauli, along with the five Assembly segments under Varanasi Lok Sabha constituency, will be in prime focus. — PTI

  • 08:54 (IST)

  • 08:54 (IST)

    Weapons recovered after Lucknow encounter

  • 08:26 (IST)

    EC prohibits exit polls in UP till 9 March

    The Election Commission (EC) has prohibited exit polls for the Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections till 5.30 pm on 9 March following the death of the Samajwadi Party candidate for the Alapur seat, in the wake of which polling, originally scheduled for 27 February, has been pushed back to Thursday, an official said.

    State Chief Electoral Officer T Venkatesh said on Monday that if any media organisation published or broadcast exit polls before the stipulated deadline it would be treated as violation of the Model Code of Conduct and strictly dealt with.

    The earlier deadline of the exit polls was 30 minutes after the conclusion of the staggered seven-phase polls on 8 March.

  • 08:21 (IST)

    Islamic State suspect gunned down in Lucknow after 11-hour operation

    A suspected Islamic State operative was killed here in the wee hours of Wednesday after a 11-hour-long anti-terror operation conducted by the Uttar Pradesh Police's Anti-Terror Squad (ATS) commandos. Many efforts to persuade the suspect, who was holed up in a house in Haji colony of Thakurganj area, to surrender went in vain, an official said.


    After the initial exchange for fire, the ATS commandos lobbed chilly bombs inside the house to incapacitate him, but to no avail. Police teams bore a hole in the roof and blew up the back wall of the building to enter the house. Senior police officials were camping at the site to oversee the operation, which was also being monitored by the Union Home Ministry. 

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    40 seats in seven eastern districts

    A highly-charged final phase of campaigning for the Uttar Pradesh polls culminated on Monday with the show of strength by the BJP, the SP-Congress combine and the BSP in PM Narendra Modi's Varanasi constituency taking centre stage where he camped for three days. 

    Around 40 seats spread over seven eastern districts, including five in Varanasi, will go to polls on 8 March, bringing curtains down on the two month-long exercise staggered in seven phases.

  • 08:08 (IST)

    As many as 8,682 polling stations with 14,458 polling booths have been set up. 

    Polling will continue till 5 pm in 37 constituencies, whereas in Robertsganj, Duddhi in Sonebhadra district and Chakia segment in Chandauli will end by 4 pm, an Election Commission official said.

  • 08:07 (IST)

    In last phase, 1.41 crore are casting their votes

    Over 1.41 crore voters are eligible to exercise their franchise in the seventh and last phase of the assembly elections, including 76.87 lakh men and 64.99 lakh women. A total of 706 voters are of the third gender. 

  • 08:07 (IST)

    8th and final phase: 535 candidates, including 51 women, in fray

    Polling began in 40 Uttar Pradesh assembly segments at 7 am on Wednesday, officials said.

    A total of 535 candidates, including 51 women, are in fray for these assembly seats spread across seven districts of eastern Uttar Pradesh, known as Poorvanchal.

  • 16:33 (IST)

    Dimple Yadav takes a jibe at Modi's 'karnama' statement

  • 16:32 (IST)

    BSP supremo Mayawati slams BJP

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    Rahul Gandhi takes a jibe at Modi's Varanasi road shows

  • 14:33 (IST)

    Modi slams SP govt for mafia raj

    Targeting the SP government of poor law and order, Narendra Modi slammed Akhilesh Yadav of turning the police force into its personal fiefdom. Modi promised to bring back law and order and end mafia-raj in the state if voted to power. 

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    UP govt only concerned about vote bank and not farmers

    Prime Minister Modi said that while other states had implemented the PM Fasal Beema Yojna, the Uttar Pradesh government did not implement the scheme as it is only interested in building vote bank and not in any development activities. 

  • 14:14 (IST)

    Modi talks about his various policies for farmers

    Addressing a rally in Rohaniya, Modi spoke of helping farmers procure water and urea for their farming activities. Talking about the Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojna, he added that his policy has helped farmer hedge their losses due to untoward incidents. 

  • 14:10 (IST)

    Modi plays farmer card in Rohaniya 

    Talking about doubling farmer incomes by 2022 and his government's initiative of soil health testing, Modi is appearing to be invoking the farming class ahead of polls. 

  • 14:06 (IST)

    Modi addresses rally in Rohaniya 

    "I feel proud to be serving the people of Varanasi. In 2022, I intend to fulfill people's dream to own a house. I have another dream of doubling the farmer earnings by 2022."  

  • 13:56 (IST)

    Rahul targets Modi over sidelining Sushma Swaraj

  • 13:49 (IST)

    Rahul targets Modi over excessive centralisation of power

    Invoking the recent Isro's achievement of sending 104 satellites at one go, Rahul alleged that Modi does not give credit of his achievements to anyone else and likes to appropriates others  achievements.

  • 13:41 (IST)

    Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi targets Modi on lack of growth 

     
    Rahul reiterated that the people of UP have made up their mind to vote the SP-Congress alliance to power.

    Invoking Vijay Mallya, Rahul Gandhi added that the SP-Congress alliance will make UP a world-level factory hub. He said that while the NDA government has given loans to the 50 richest people, his government will support factories in small towns.

    Rahul taunted Modi, says he has failed to being 'acche din' and has also not helped build Make in India. 

  • 12:39 (IST)

    Watch: Modi inside Lal Bahadur Shastri memorial

  • 12:37 (IST)

    PM Modi inside the memorial 


Lucknow: A highly-charged final phase of campaigning for the Uttar Pradesh polls culminated on Monday with the show of strength by the BJP, the Samajwadi Party-Congress combine and the BSP in PM Narendra Modi's Varanasi constituency taking centre stage where he camped for three days. Around 40 seats spread over seven eastern districts, including five in Varanasi, will go to polls on 8 March, bringing curtains down on the two month-long exercise staggered in seven phases.

Over the course of three days, the prime minister visited temples, held a roadshow and attended a number of public events in the holy city along with several rallies in the region, in the final push by the BJP to reach out to voters. Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav and Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi also matched it with their own campaign blitz in the region. Joined by Akhilesh's wife Dimple, the two leaders held a roadshow, hours after Modi arrived in the city and paid obeisance at the Kashi Vishwanath and Kal Bhairav temples with much fanfare.

Representative image. PTI

Representative image. PTI

BSP chief Mayawati, who is seeking a fifth term as chief minister, also addressed a rally in Rohaniya, around 20 km from Varanasi the same day. A galaxy of BJP veterans and Union ministers also made a beeline to Varanasi towards the fag end of electioneering, making the poll atmosphere highly charged. Leading BJP's campaign from the front, Modi mocked Akhilesh and Rahul as "delicate" people incapable of taking hard decisions while pitching himself as a grassroots leader who can bring development to the 'Purvanchal' region and the state.

Modi said the SP and the BSP are two sides of the same coin — the former being A (Akhilesh) SP and the latter B (Bahujan) SP. Taking potshots at the Congress over its run of losses in the recent polls, he said one day research would have be done to find out if it ever existed, as it is "disappearing from everywhere." During his election rally in Sonbhadra towards the end of the campaign, Akhilesh ridiculed Modi's roadshows saying these were bound to fail like the earlier ones and would lead the PM "somewhere else."


"A roadshow was held...it failed. He is doing one more...it too will fail and then again a roadshow will be held...Now he will go somewhere else by doing his roadshow," he said at a rally here.Rahul, in his address, alleged that Modi has waived loans worth Rs 1.40 lakh crore owed by 50 rich people but refused to write off Rs 50,000 crore due of poor farmers. At her rally, Mayawati claimed the people at Modi's roadshow were "mere spectators" brought from neighbouring states like Bihar and Madhya Pradesh.

She said the joint roadshow by Akhilesh and Rahul Gandhi reflected they had "reconciled to defeat" and added that prayers being offered at temples and shrines "will be of no avail". Modi on Monday wrapped up his hectic campaign with a rally at Rohaniya, where he made an impassioned plea to voters to defeat SP-Congress combine and BSP, blaming these parties for the plight of Uttar Pradesh. Akhilesh, meanwhile lined up 13 rallies on the last day of campaigning.


Published Date: Mar 08, 2017 04:40 pm | Updated Date: Mar 08, 2017 06:22 pm



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