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Uttar Pradesh Elections 2022: Polling for phase 6 underway, 36% voter turnout recorded so far

The crucial sixth phase of the Uttar Pradesh assembly elections 2022 is underway across a total of 57 constituencies today, with the fate of several big-wigs like UP Chief Minister

The crucial sixth phase of the Uttar Pradesh assembly elections 2022 is underway across a total of 57 constituencies today, with the fate of several big-wigs like UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and Samajwadi Party’s Swami Prasad Maurya hanging in the balance.

36% voter turnout has been recorded till 1 pm. 

Voting for the sixth phase of the UP polls began at 7 am this morning, with many political heavyweights standing as the candidates in some of the major constituencies.

The polling has now moved to the Purvanchal region of the state, where 111 seats are up for grabs, after voting for 292 of the 403 assembly seats was over.

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Ambedkarnagar, Balrampur, Siddharthnagar, Basti, Sant Kabir Nagar, Maharajganj, Gorakhpur, Kushinagar, Deoria, and Ballia are the districts where voting is taking place today.

Among the 676 candidates in the fray are Yogi Adityanath from Gorakhpur Urban fighting his first assembly polls, state Congress president Ajay Kumar Lallu from Tamkuhi Raj seat, and Swami Prasad Maurya, who quit as BJP minister to join the Samajwadi Party, from Fazilnagar.

The Samajwadi Party has pitted the wife of late Upendra Dutt Shukla, a former BJP leader, against Yogi Adityanath.

Chandrashekhar Azad, the founder of the Azad Samaj Party, is also contesting against the chief minister.

It may be mentioned that Phase 6 is the second last phase of the Uttar Pradesh elections 2022.

The last and 7th phase of the Uttar Pradesh Assembly Elections 2022 will be conducted on March 7.

The counting of the votes will be held on March 10.

Meanwhile, UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath cast his vote today and urged everyone to exercise their right to franchise.

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First Published: 3rd March, 2022 15:47 IST

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