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Uttar Pradesh civic polls Phase 2 updates: Bahraich SP suspends cop who misbehaved with media

Polling for the third and final phase covering 26 districts began on Sunday. Voting will be held from 7 am to 5 pm amid tight security.

FP Staff November 26, 2017 15:35:46 IST
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Uttar Pradesh civic polls Phase 2 updates: Bahraich SP suspends cop who misbehaved with media

Highlights

10:23 (ist)

Regional heavyweights stay away from campaigning

Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav has not campaigned extensively, but held select rallies and a few press conferences, reports NDTV. BSP supremo Mayawati did not campaign at all despite the BSP contesting the polls after more than two decades. This is a change from its earlier strategy of avoiding local elections.

09:09 (ist)

Indo-Nepal border sealed ahead of third phase of civic polls

The 84 km-long Indo-Nepal border has been sealed ahead of the third phase of civic polls on Wednesday.

The Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) is enforcing the sealing of the border, District Magistrate and Electoral Officer Virendra Kumar Singh told reporters.

"Only emergency vehicles will be allowed across the border during this period," he said.

The threat of Maoists and the porous Indo-Nepal border are the two biggest challenges during the third phase of municipal polls in Maharajganj and the International Border has been sealed to tackle this, the official said.

13:17 (ist)

State Election Commissioner appeals to people to vote

State Election Commissioner SK Agarwal also exercised his franchise and appealed to the people to cast their votes. "If you want basic amenities in your city, you should come out of your home and vote in large numbers," he said.

13:14 (ist)

RECAP: BJP Bigwigs cast their vote


Union minister Rajnath Singh and Uttar Pradesh deputy chief minister Dinesh Sharma on Sunday cast their votes in the second phase of the civic polls, polling for which is underway in 25 districts.

13:00 (ist)

Here is why the civic polls are significant

Over 3.36 crore voters will be eligible to exercise their franchise at 36,269 polling booths. These polls, which are being held eight months after the BJP came to power in the state with a landslide victory, will mark the first electoral test for the Yogi Adityanath government.

12:54 (ist)

15% voter turnout in Lucknow till noon

According to Uttarpradesh.org, the state capital has recorded a total of 15 percent  voter turnout till 12 noon. On the other hand, Varanasi has recorded a better voter turnout at 20 percent during the same time. 

12:51 (ist)

BJP assigns tasks to MLAs to mobilise public support 

Leaving no stone unturned to ensure that the saffron party emerges victorious in the ongoing urban local bodies polls in Uttar Pradesh, the BJP has assigned tasks to 31 MLAs, whose Assembly constituencies do not have a nagar panchayat or nagar palika parishad within their limits.

"Different tasks have been assigned to the 31 MLAs, ranging from actively campaigning for the party candidates to organising various events to galvanise public support for the party," state BJP spokesperson Rakesh Tripathi told PTI.

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Nov 29, 2017 - 14:01 (IST)

Shots fired at Aliganj polling booth

In the society polling booth in Aliganj, Raza Ahmed fired a gun at Aliganj MLA Satyapal Rathore's two sons, allege family members. Victims admitted to hospital while the voting was stopped for some time.

Nov 29, 2017 - 13:49 (IST)

PL Punia's statement: Link EVMs to Aadhaar

PL Punia reached Barabanki to vote. He said that the government should link EVMs to Aadhaar. He alleged that there was a conspiracy to remove voters' names from the list. He also said that there are errors in voters' lists in many districts.

Nov 29, 2017 - 13:40 (IST)

BJP MLA from Jalesar injured in stone-pelting

During the election in Etah, SP and BJP groups clashed as information of buying of votes spread. BJP legislator Sanjiv Divakar was injured in the exchange.

Nov 29, 2017 - 13:26 (IST)

Names of 600 voters missing in Bareilly

Reports of incorrect voter lists are coming in from ward 54 in Bareilly's Bhood area. Out of 1,250 voters, the names of about 600 voters are missing and those on the voter list are either dead or have settled elsewhere. People are angry at the BLO. Similar problems are being reported in Ward 80 as well.

Nov 29, 2017 - 13:06 (IST)

Polling progress in Kushinagar district at 12.50 pm

Padrona: 26.6 percent
Kushinagar: 3.33 percent
Hata: 2.3 percent
Ramkola: 28 percent
Captainganj: 29.5 percent
Khadda: 35.73 percent
Sevarhi: 27 percent

Nov 29, 2017 - 12:57 (IST)

A 95-year-old voted in Siddhartha Nagar

Nov 29, 2017 - 12:37 (IST)

The officers and staff in the control room are unable to reveal real-time polling percentages. This is in defiance of the orders of the State Election Commission.

Nov 29, 2017 - 12:27 (IST)

Case registered against policeman for beating up BJP leader

In Shahjahanpur-Jalalabad town, a case was registered against Sub-Inspector Randhir Singh and 8 unknown policemen who beat up BJP leader Manoj Kashyap. The accused is stationed in the Devarania police station of Bareilly but had come on election duty to Jalalabad.

Nov 29, 2017 - 12:23 (IST)

Kanpur Dehat voting progress till 11.30 pm

Akbarpur: 24 percent
Pukharya: 28 percent
Jhinjhak: 35 percent
Rasulabad: 21 percent
Derapura: 37 percent
Shiwli: 38 percent
Rura: 27 percent
Sikandra: 24 percent
Amraudha: 42 percent

Nov 29, 2017 - 12:09 (IST)

In Chandauli, the first round of voting for the third in the district has been slow. 21 percent voting done till 11.30 am

Polling for the second phase covering 25 districts began on Sunday. Voting will be held from 7 am to 5 pm amid tight security.

The campaigning for the second phase of Uttar Pradesh civic elections ended in 25 districts, including Varanasi, on Friday.

State election commissioner SK Agarwal had reviewed poll preparations through video conferencing with district magistrates, district election officers, senior police officers and polling observers.

Over 52 percent voting was recorded in the first phase on 22 November which covered 24 districts.

Uttar Pradesh civic polls Phase 2 updates Bahraich SP suspends cop who misbehaved with media

Representational image. PTI

After the BJP formed the government in the state with absolute majority in March, this will be the first battle of ballot that will test the popularity of Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath.

Unlike other parties, the BJP is taking the civic polls seriously and besides the chief minister himself and his two deputies, senior party leaders are extensively campaigning in the state.

While the Samajwadi Party (SP) and the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) have left the campaigning to second-rank leaders, the Congress has engaged senior leaders Ghulam Nabi Azad and Raj Babbar and MP Pramod Tewari to address election meetings in selected cities of the state.

Besides Varanasi, the districts going to polls in the second phase are Muzaffarnagar, Ghaziabad, Gautam Budhnagar, Amroha, Rampur, Pilibhit, Shahjahanpur, Aligarh, Mathura, Mainpuri , Farrukhabad, Etawah, Lalitpur, Banda, Allahabad, Lucknow, Sultanpur, Ambedkarnagar, Bahraich, Shrawasti, Sant Kabirnagar, Deoria, Ballia and Bhadohi.

Counting of votes for all the three phases will be on 1 December and results will be declared the same day.

With inputs from PTI

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