25 per cent voting till 2 pm in UP elections
An estimated 25 per cent of the 1.6 crore had exercised their franchise till 2 pm on Friday in the polling for the second phase of UP elections.india Updated: Apr 13, 2007 16:53 IST
An estimated 25 per cent of the 1.6 crore had exercised their franchise till 2 pm on Friday in the polling for the second phase of elections in 58 constituencies spread over 10 districts of sugar-rich western Uttar Pradesh.
Reports from Baghpat said some Dalits in Chaprauli assembly constituency were allegedly prevented from exercising their franchise leading to tension in the area.
In Sisauli in Muzaffarnagar district, BKU leader Mahendra Singh Tikait and his supporters had a scuffle with the security personnel.
A presiding officer and a polling agent were arrested in Meerut after detection of some irregularities at Kharkhaunda assembly seat.
As many as 8479 polling centres and 15,887 polling booths have been set up and over 18400 EVMs are being used in this phase.
Besides central observers, 100 micro-observers were keeping an eye on the election process for this phase, officials said.
About 65,000 personnel of paramilitary force have been deployed for the elections.
Seventy-five lakh women are among the voters who are likely to decide the fate of 881 candidates, who are in the fray in this phase, considered as the Jat belt where RLD's Ajit Singh is said to have a hold.
Prominent among those whose political fortunes will be decided on Friday are Rajbir Singh and Prem Lata Verma, son and daughter-in-law respectively of former Chief Minister Kalyan Singh. Rajbir has thrown his hat into the ring from Debai and Prem Lata from Atrauli.