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Uttar Pradesh civic polls updates: Claims of 'rigged' EVMs, bogus voting overshadow election as polling nears end

Campaigning for the first phase of the Uttar Pradesh civic body elections ended on Monday evening for districts where polling would be held on Wednesday.

FP Staff November 22, 2017 17:52:55 IST
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Uttar Pradesh civic polls updates: Claims of 'rigged' EVMs, bogus voting overshadow election as polling nears end

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15:57 (ist)

Clashes reported in Gonda, Ayodhya amid claims of bogus voting

According to local media reports, BSP workers clashed with the supporters of an independent candidate in Gonda after both parties alleged that the other was getting their supporters to cast bogus votes. As the clashes grew violent, the police detained BSP candidate Mohammad Israel. 

In Ayidhya's Hanumangarhi area, a local priest Mahantdas alleged that Samajwadi Party workers were casting bogus votes, which led to violent clashes between their supporters. 

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Nov 22, 2017 - 20:09 (IST)

55% turnout recorded as 1st phase of UP civic polls ends

The polling for the first phase of civic polls in 24 districts of Uttar Pradesh concluded with 55 percent of voters exercising their franchise. The polling was held for five municipal corporations, 71 nagar palika parishads and 154 nagar panchayats.

Nov 22, 2017 - 17:48 (IST)

Is temple still fulcrum for vote in Ram's Ayodhya?

Yes, if you take a closer look at BJP's campaign in area. Even though the local body elections are being fought on 'development agenda' — with a first ever full-fledged manifesto released by the party — the BJP's promise to ensure over all cultural, and mythological development of Ayodhya makes Ram temple the fulcrum of the campaign anyway, according to The Times of India

Nov 22, 2017 - 17:05 (IST)

In Pratapgarh, local body election nominee's brother shot at, injured

Unidentified persons shot at and injured brother of an independent nominee in fray for the local body elections in the Antu Khas area in Pratapgarh. 

He was rushed to the district hospital from where he was referred to Allahabad, Police said. A case has been registered against unidentified persons. 

Nov 22, 2017 - 16:40 (IST)

Ruckus in Kanpur's Harsh Nagar area over the issue of ‘rigged’ EVMs.

Nov 22, 2017 - 16:34 (IST)

In Gorakhpur, Police detains five women, who were paid to cast bogus votes

Gorakhpur police detained five women who were allegedly paid to cast bogus votes in the Nagar Nigam elections. The women told reporters that they were asked to caste vote by a person named Anup, who is still at large. The police is investigating the matter further and has refused to comment at the moment. 

Nov 22, 2017 - 16:26 (IST)

Samajwadi party alleges EVMs tampered to favour BJP

Amid reports of EVM snags being reported from several booths, the Samajwadi Party retweeted a news report claiming that at several places, no matter which button was pressed, LEDs against BJP flashed. The reports surfaced from Dhawai Nagar, Meerut, Kanpur etc. However,additional state election commissioner claimed that such reports were false. 

Nov 22, 2017 - 16:09 (IST)

Why civic polls in UP are important for political parties?

  • Uttar Pradesh civic body polls are being seen as a litmus test for the ruling BJP, which swooped to power in Assembly polls with a thumping majority. The party is also attaching importance to these polls as it released a manifesto for the local body elections, first time ever, and UP CM Adityanath addressed aver 30 public meetings in the state. 
  • The polls will also be a dipstick to gauge public mood for Congress, SP and BSP who have faced a rout in the Assembly polls.
  • The BJP had won 11 out of 13 mayoral seats in 2012. It would be interesting to see if any anti-incumbency has crept in since then. The results will be declared on 1 December

Nov 22, 2017 - 16:02 (IST)

SP Rajya Sabha member Sukhram Singh Yadav unable to cast his vote as his name was missing from the voters’ list

Nov 22, 2017 - 16:01 (IST)

Amid clashes, 40% votes cast in Agra till 2 pm

According to Amar Ujala, 40 percent votes were cast in Agra amid reports of clashes between supporters of various politicla parties. The police has, however, dismissed these as minor incidents. 

Nov 22, 2017 - 15:57 (IST)

Clashes reported in Gonda, Ayodhya amid claims of bogus voting

According to local media reports, BSP workers clashed with the supporters of an independent candidate in Gonda after both parties alleged that the other was getting their supporters to cast bogus votes. As the clashes grew violent, the police detained BSP candidate Mohammad Israel. 

In Ayidhya's Hanumangarhi area, a local priest Mahantdas alleged that Samajwadi Party workers were casting bogus votes, which led to violent clashes between their supporters. 

Campaigning for the first phase of the Uttar Pradesh civic body elections ended on Monday evening for districts where polling would be held on Wednesday.

Polling in 24 districts, including for mayoral posts, would be held from 7 am to 5 pm amid tight security in phase one of the elections.

The remaining phases would be held on 26 and 29 November, and the counting of votes for all the phases would be held on 1 December. Results would be declared on the same day.

State Election Commissioner SK Agarwal said that adequate security arrangements have been made for the smooth conduct of the first phase of the polls.

He also held a video-conference with district officials.

The districts going to polls in the first phase are Shamli, Meerut, Hapur, Bijnore, Badaun, Hathras, Kasganj, Agra, Kanpur, Jalaun, Hamirpur, Chitrakoot, Kaushambi, Pratapgarh, Unnao, Hardoi, Amethi, Faizabad, Gonda, Basti, Gorakhpur, Azamgarh, Ghazipur and Sonebhadra.

Uttar Pradesh civic polls updates Claims of rigged EVMs bogus voting overshadow election as polling nears end

File image of Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath. PTI

In phase one, polling would be held for five municipal corporations, 71 nagar palika parishads and 154 nagar panchayats.

In total, 230 local bodies will go to polls in the first phase, which includes 4,095 wards. There are 1.09 crore voters in this phase who will exercise their franchise at 11,679 booths.

In the first phase, 56 candidates are in the fray for five mayor seats, 901 for the chairperson's post in the 71 nagar palikas and 3,856 nominees for the 1,819 nagar palika wards.

The civic polls in Uttar Pradesh will be a key test for Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath as they would indicate whether the priest-turned-politician has been able to ensure that the BJP continues to maintain its popularity level.

Earlier this year, riding on the Hindutva wave, the party had secured a three-fourths majority in the state assemble paving way for 45-year-old saffron-clad Adityanath to become the chief minister.

The civic polls are being seen as a major challenge for the Hindutva leader as the outcome would reveal the mood of the voters ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, political observers say.

The BJP's victory in these polls would be seen as a stamp of approval for the Adityanath government. In 2012, the BJP had swept these polls, winning 10 of the 12 mayoral posts. Lucknow mayor Dinesh Sharma is now a deputy chief minister of the state.

As many as 652 urban local bodies across the state are going to polls, the highest number so far.

Adityanath had earlier expressed happiness that Ayodhya and Mathura-Vrindavan municipal corporations, constituted by his government, were going to polls for the first time. On 9 May, the Uttar Pradesh Cabinet had given its approval constitution of two new municipal corporations for Ayodhya and Mathura-Vrindavan. The idea behind the decision was to provide better amenities to pilgrims.

The Ayodhya Municipal Corporation will cover the twin cities of Faizabad and Ayodhya, while Mathura-Vrindavan Municipal Corporation will look after the civic needs in the two pilgrim towns.

With inputs from agencies

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