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Flag march in sensitive areas ahead of Uttar Pradesh fifth phase election

Central forces conducted a flag march in sensitive areas close to the Terai region in Nepal’s foothills, which go to polls on Monday along with parts of eastern UP as all eyes remain on the Nehru-Gandhi pocket borough Amethi.

assembly elections Updated: Feb 26, 2017 17:21 IST
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Women stand in a queue to cast their votes at a polling station on the outskirts of Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh.
Women stand in a queue to cast their votes at a polling station on the outskirts of Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh.(AP Photo)

Central forces conducted a flag march in sensitive areas close to the Terai region in Nepal’s foothills, which go to polls on Monday along with parts of eastern UP as all eyes remain on the Nehru-Gandhi pocket borough Amethi.

51 assembly constituencies spread across 11 districts, five of which border Nepal, will go to polls in the fifth phase.

Prominent contestants in this phase include controversial minister Gayatri Prasad Prajapati (SP), who will be facing Amita Singh (Congress) and Garima Singh (BJP) in Amethi -- the Lok Sabha constituency of Rahul Gandhi.

The contest is between the ranis -- the wife of Congress leader Sanjay Singh Amita and his estranged spouse Garima.

The districts going to polls in this phase are Balrampur, Gonda, Faizabad, Ambedkar Nagar, Bahraich, Shravasti, Basti, Siddharth Nagar, Sant Kabir Nagar, Amethi and Sultanpur.

Due to death of Samajwadi Party candidate Chandrashekhar Kanaujia in Alapur (Ambedkar Nagar), the EC has announced fresh date of voting in this constituency on March 9.

The ruling Samajwadi Party had won 37 seats out of 52 (total seats in this phase including Alapur) in 2012. While the BJP and Congress won five seats each, BSP had won three and the Peace Party won two seats.

With certain districts not far from the Nepal border, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had made it a point in his speech in Gonda to refer to the Kanpur train tragedy in which 150 people were killed.

Modi had said the accident was due to a “conspiracy” and the perpetrators carried it out “sitting across the border” in Nepal.

Gonda is close to Nepal and so are Bahraich, Shravasti, Balrampur and Sidhharth Nagar districts.

In all, 608 candidates are in the fray in this phase with maximum of 24 candidates in Amethi and minimum of six each in Kapilvastu and Etwa seats of Siddharth Nagar district.

1.84 crore voters, including 96 lakh women, will decide the fate of leaders in the fray, including ministers Vinod Kumar Singh alias Pandit Singh from Tarabganj (Gonda), Tej Narain Pandey alias Pawan Pandey from Ayodhya and BSP state president Ram Achal Rajbhar from Akbarpur in this phase.