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Uttar Pradesh Assembly Elections 2022: Voting for seventh phase begins

Uttar Pradesh Assembly Elections

The voters in Uttar Pradesh are casting their ballot in the last and final phase of the Uttar Pradesh Assembly Elections.

The voting for the seventh phase of the Uttar Pradesh Assembly Elections 2022 is underway and so far as of 11 am, a voter turnout of 10% has been recorded. The last phase of the UP Elections will be spread across 9 districts and will be sealing the fate of 619 candidates. The election will be held for 54 constituencies and the electorates will be allowed to vote between 7 am to 6 pm in the evening. The nine districts in the eastern region of Purvanchal and Baghelkhand that are going to the polls witnessed a massive election campaign from all the political parties. These nine districts include Azamgarh, Mau, Ghazipur, Jaunpur, Varanasi, Bhadohi, Chandauli, Mirzapur, and Sonbhadra.

The main focus of the seventh phase of the election is Varanasi, from where Prime Minister Narendra Modi is an incumbent Lok Sabha MP. Some of the key contestants that are into the fray are Satyendra Rai (BJP) from the Gopalpur constituency, Akhilesh Kumar Mishra (BJP) from Azamgarh, Ashok Kumar Singh (BJP) from Mau. From Jaunpur, Girish Chandra Yadav (BJP) is in the fray while from Varanasi South and Mirzapur, Dr. Neelkanth Tiwari (BJP) and Ratnakar Mishra (BJP) are contesting respectively. 

Senior Congress leader Ajay Rai after casting his ballot said, “Not many people can be seen, unlike before, when long queues were seen outside the polling booth. They haven’t made proper arrangements, people are forced to stand in the sun. People don’t seem to be excited, we’ll get a majority.” Akhilesh Yadav, the Samajwadi Party chief, while addressing the media said that “The more the voter turnout, the stronger Democracy gets”.

Apart from Uttar Pradesh, four other states also went to the poll recently. These include Goa, Manipur, Uttarakhand, and Punjab. The results for all five states will be announced on March 10.

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