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Phase 1 of voting in UP assembly elections begins

11 Feb 2017 | By Abheet Sethi

The first phase of voting in the Uttar Pradesh assembly elections has started today with 73 out of the state's total 403 constituencies going to the polls.

Key constituencies in this phase include Mathura, Meerut, Ghaziabad and Noida.

The seven phase election is a three-way contest between the BJP, the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) and the Samajwadi Party (SP)-Congress alliance.

In context: UP Elections, as it is happening

11 Feb 2017Phase 1 of voting in UP assembly elections begins

What's at stake?

The SP, led by CM Akhilesh Yadav, is looking to retain power in the UP with the Congress. The BSP is hoping to regain power in UP after five years. The election is a three-year litmus test for PM Narendra Modi-led BJP's rule.
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After the polling for 73 of UP's seats began, supporters of Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) and the Samajwadi Party (SP) clashed in Meerut.

The fire was opened in a village in Kithaur area, and one person was injured.

The deployed security personnel pacified the two factions and the situation was brought under control.

Meanwhile, UP recorded 63% turnout in the first phase of UP-elections.

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In this phase, 67 assembly constituencies in Western UP across 11 districts will go to polls. There was nearly 55% voter turn-out until 4 PM.

There are 722 candidates, and the total voter count stands at 2.28 crore.

Prominent leaders like SP minister Azam Khan and BJP Legislature Party leader Suresh Kumar are contesting.

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Central UP, known to be the Samajwadi Party stronghold will go to polls in the 3rd phase. The party will seek to create a repeat of the resounding victory it had in 2012.

Meanwhile, the BJP vowed to build the Ram Temple in Ayodhya if voted to power.

69 seats will be contested in this phase. So far, 24.19% turn-out has been recorded.

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Meanwhile, 27 EVMS in 12 constituencies developed snags and were replaced.

10.23% overall voter turnout was recorded till 9 am, with 9.5% in Rae Bareli and 9.03% in Allahabad.

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1.81 crore voters will decide the fate of 607 candidates in the Terai region and parts of eastern UP.

27 per cent voting was recorded till 11 am amid heavy security deployment.

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Around 1.72 crore voters will decide the fate of 635 candidates in seven districts.

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Gangster Abu Salem couldn't afford bail bond to vote

Gangster Abu Salem, currently jailed in Mumbai, is a registered voter in Azamgarh and wanted to vote in the assembly elections. However, his family realized they'd have to pay Rs. 3-4 lakhs for a bail bond and make complicated security arrangements. Hence, they dropped the idea.

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The seventh and final phase of UP polls began across 40 seats in Uttar Pradesh, including PM Narendra Modi's constituency Varanasi, on March 8.

In focus are the Naxalism-affected districts of Chandauli, Mirzapur and Sonbhadra. Bhadoi, Ghazipur and Jaunpur are also going to polls to decide the fate of a total of 535 candidates.

Voter turn-out in UP was almost 60% until 5 PM.