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UP seals fate of 627 candidates in Phase-3, next round of polling scheduled for Feb 23

By Saima Siddiqui 
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Lucknow: As over 2.15 crore voters will seal the fate of 627 candidates from 59 assembly constituencies spread across 16 districts of Uttar Pradesh in today’s third phase of the polls, the stakes are high for Samajwadi Party chief’s uncle Shivpal Singh Yadav, who is contesting from his traditional Jaswantnagar seat.

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All the parties are camping fiercely to woo the voters in phase third. This time a direct contest is being seen between the SP and the BJP. District where polling will be held are Hathras, Firozabad, Etah, Kasganj, Mainpuri, Farrukhabad, Kannauj, Etawah, Auraiya, Kanpur Dehat, Kanpur Nagar, Jalaun, Jhansi, Lalitpur, Hamirpur and Mahoba. Campaigning for the third phase of the state elections ended on Friday, with senior leaders of the parties making a final effort to woo voters.

Updates from polling booths across Uttar Pradesh:

18:25 (IST)

Third phase voting concluded in Kanpur. EVM closing visuals from a polling booth number 34-40.

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17:42 (IST)

16:28 (IST)

Polling officer found dead under mysterious circumstances in Auraiya

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A polling officer was found dead under mysterious circumstances in Uttar Pradesh’s Auraiya. His body was recovered from Janispur near a small canal around 2pm.

He has been identified as Dinesh Kumar and was on the duty at Haloua in Dibiyapur. 

Police are investigating the death.

15:36 (IST)

Uttar Pradesh voting percentage till 3pm –48.81%

15:28 (IST)

Restrictions have been imposed on BJP candidate, Mahesh Trived, who got ticket from Kidwai Nagar. The move came after he was driving with 10 vehicles in his convoy – more than the permissible three cars. Police officials also had heated arguments with Trivedi over the issue. He was told he would not be allowed to run three vehicles.

Some of his supporters have been taken into custody, said a police official who did not wished to be named.

14:03 (IST)

District wise voter turnout till 1 pm

13:42 PM IST

Police and BJP workers ended up in a scuffle in Juhi area of Kanpur.

13:23 (IST)

UP registers 35.88% total voter turnout till 1pm

 12:51 (IST)

SP workers complains of EVM tampering, asks polling body to take notice

Samajwadi Party (SP) tweets that their election symbol is missing from EVM at booth number 38 in Vidhan Sabha 194 of Farrukhabad district; urges Election Commission and District Administration to take cognisance of the matter.

12:24 (IST)

Akhilesh Yadav slams BJP govt over deteriorating law and order situation in UP

 12:13 (IST)

Addnl Chief Electoral Officer, BD Ram Tiwari rubbishes complaints alleging that BJP symbol is getting generated when pressing SP symbol.

“We received a complaint that a chit displaying BJP symbol is getting generated after pressing the button against SP’s Cycle symbol on the EVM at booth number 21 in Bhognipur, Kanpur Dehat. This complaint has been found baseless”, Addnl Chief Electoral Officer, BD Ram Tiwari.

The issue in EVM machine was flagged soon after polling began in Uttar Pradesh. The Samajwadi Party alleged discrepancies in an Electronic Voting Machine in Kanpur Rural, claiming that even after a voter pressed the button next to Samajwadi Party, the Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) issued a slip of the BJP. They had asked the Election Commission to take note.

12:04 (IST)

Samajwadi Party founder Mulayam Singh Yadav arrives at Jaswantnagar to cast his vote

Samajwadi Party (SP) founder-patron Mulayam Singh Yadav cast his vote at a polling booth in Jaswantnagar.

11:30 (IST)

BSP chief Mayawati urges people to vote out ruling party for false promises on employment

11:34 (IST)

Former UP Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav casts his vote in Jaswantnagar, says ‘BJP will be eliminated’

SP chief and party’s candidate from Karhal, Akhilesh Yadav after voting in Jaswantnagar alleged that BJP going to be eliminated. Farmers of UP won’t forgive them. We’ve hit century in first 2 phases & even in this phase SP & alliance would be ahead of everyone else.

11:27 (IST)

BSP supremo urges people to vote ‘to get rid of false promises of BJP’

As the third phase of polling in Uttar Pradesh is underway, Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati urged the people to vote out the ruling party for giving false promises of providing them employment. In a series of Tweets, BSP chief said that to get rid of all kinds of false promises of the BJP, it is necessary that the ruling party should be changed. In another tweet, she said, “ruling party’s wrong policies which made the poor people more poorer, should not be trusted anymore and that BSP should be trusted.”

Mayawati added, “the biggest failure of the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) is not being able to provide employment to the people. In fact, the employment opportunities that were there were also snatched away from the people” She added, “the biggest responsibility of the government in current time is to give livelihood opportunities to the people.”

11:00 (IST)

UP elections 2022 phase 3 turnout saw 21.18% voters

09:58 (IST)

FIR lodged against Kanpur Mayor Pramila Pandey for violating secret ballot

Kanpur Mayor Pramila Pandey was accused of breaching of secrecy of voting at the Hudson School polling station, as she clicked pictures and videos of the Electronic Voting Machine (EVM) while casting her vote during the third-phase of UP assembly polls.

09:49 (IST)

Kanpur Nagar: Assembly-wise polling percentage till 9am

09:43 (IST)

Uttar Pradesh registers 8.15% voter turnout till 9 am, the highest in Mainpuri and Etah districts.

09:16 (IST)

A newly-wed bride, Julie cast her vote at polling booth no. 305 in Firozabad assembly constituency before leaving for her in-laws’ house. She got married last night and was leaving for her in-laws’ house this morning.

8:45 (IST)

Samajwadi Party positive of winning assembly polls 2022, as per party leaders.

08:07 (IST)

Samajwadi Party patron Mulayam Singh Yadav’s brother Abhay Ram Yadav cast his vote in Saifai.

08:06 (IST)

86% postal ballot voting recorded in Lucknow

The state capital recorded 85.92% of voting by postal ballot in nine constituencies. As per the district election office data, out of 1,719 registered voters a total of 1,477 voters used their right of adult franchise, including 1,102 voters who were 80 years old and above, while 375 physically challenged voters also cast their votes via postal ballot.

07:01 (IST)

Polling for 3rd phase of assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh begins.

The Karhal assembly seat on Sunday will see Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav and BJP’s Union minister S P Singh Baghel fighting for the high stake seat.

Campaigning for Congress, the party general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra undertook a door-to-door march in Kanpur, Kalpi, Jalaun and Hamirpur, while BSP chief Mayawati addressed election meetings in Jalaun and Auraiya on Friday.

To ensure smooth voting Election Commission is likely to deploy paramilitary forces at all booths in Karhal.

Among the prominent faces in the fray in this phase are BJP’s Satish Mahana (Maharajpur in Kanpur) and Ramvir Upadhaya (Sadabad in Hathras) and Louise Khurshid, who is contesting on the Congress’ ticket from Farrukhabad Sadar. Louise Khurshid is the wife of senior Congress leader Salman Khurshid.

After phase three, nearly half of UP’s 403 assembly seats would have voted. 172 seats will finish polling after this phase.

Former IPS officer Asim Arun is contesting from Kannauj Sadar on the BJP ticket, while Uttar Pradesh minister Ramnaresh Agnihotri is also in the fray in this phase.

In the 2017 elections, the BJP had won 49 of the 59 seats while the SP had settled for nine. The Congress had got one seat, while the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) drew a blank.

Polling will begin at 7 am on February 20 and continue till 6 pm.

Five state; UP, Punjab, Manipur, Goa, and Uttarakhand will vote in February-March.

The elections in Uttar Pradesh will take place in seven phases, while Manipur will see a two-phase election and Punjab will vote on February 20. The counting of votes for the Assembly polls of the five states will be held on March 10.

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