The high-pitch election campaigning in ten districts in east UP consisting of 55 assembly seats going to polls on February 8 in first phase came to an end on Monday. Moreover the election commission also issued notification for seventh and final phase of polling in March 3.
First phase is significant for all political players, as their performance in this round would provide signal for other phases.
The BSP, SP, Congress and BJP are caught in intense battle in this region. There are smaller parties like peace party to play spoilsport for major players.
In the first phase ten districts going to polls are Sitapur, Barabanki, Faizabad, Ambedkarnagar, Bahraich, Shrawasti, Balrampur, Gonda, Sidharthnagar and Basti. They are spread over in six divisions- Lucknow, Faizabad, Devipatan and Basti.
Even as senior BJP leaders Rajnath Singh, Uma Bharti hopped around in Ambedkar nagar and Barabanki respectively, the state president of Samajwadi Party Akhilesh Yadav addressed series of rallies in Faizabad, Bahraich and Sitapur and Congress general secretary Digvijay Singh was in Bahraich before the campaigning came to a halt in the evening.
In the first round 1.70 crore electors would decide the fate of 867 candidates (male 802, female 65).
In order to strictly monitor the polling the election commission has also made arrangement of Web-casting in 270 polling stations out of total 17621, in Faizabad, Sitapur, Barabanki, Bahraich, Basti, Ambedkar Nagar, Sidharth Nagar, Balrampur and Shrawasti.
This is first experiment of the commission to monitor polling progress. The commission has also directed the district administration to display important phone numbers so that electors could contact them in case of any problem.
Meanwhile the notification for 7th and final phase of polling on March 3 was also issued today. During this round 60 constituencies in western UP mainly in Roohelkhand in ten districts- Bijnor, Moradabad, Bheem Nagar, Rampur, JP Nagar (Amorha), Badaun, Barielly, Pilibhit, Shahjehanpur and Lakhimpur Khiri would go to polls. Around 1.80 crore electors would take part in this round of the polling.
Total Number of seats: 55
Total electorate: 17044551
Total number: 867
Criminal records: 109 with criminal records out of 284 of candidates of major political parties
Assets: 144 crorepatis out of 284 candidates of major parties.
Education: 114 graduates and postgraduates out of 284 candidates of major parties
Prominent contestants: Mitrasen Yadav (SP-Bikapur/Faizabad), former Speaker Mata Prasad Pandey (SP-Etwa/Sidharth Nagar), minister Lalji Verma (BSP-Katehari/Ambedkarnagar), Munna Singh Chauhan (RLD-Cong-Bikapur/Faizabad), for speaker Dr Waqar Shah (SP-Bahraich), former minister Dr Ammar Rizvi (Cong-Sewata/Sitapur), former minister Arvind Singh Gope (SP-Ramnagar-Barabanki), former minister Rakesh Verma (Cong-Dariyabad/Barabanki) Lallo Singh (BJP-Ayodhya/Faizabad), minister Ram Prasad Chaudhury (BSP-Kaptanganj/Basti)
2007 results: BSP (30), SP (18), BJP (4), Congress (3)
2007 Poll percentage in ten districts going to poll: Sitapur- 52.10%, Barabanki-51.69%, Faizabad- 52.51, Ambedkarnagar- 54.12%, Bahraich-42.08%, Shravasti- 36.77%, Balrampur-42.46%, Gonda- 42.89%, Sidharthnagar- 45.91%, Basti- 45.55%
Total No seats: 60
Total No districts: ten: Bijnor, Moradabad, Bheem Nagar, Rampur, JP Nagar (Amorha), Badaun, Barielly, Pilibhit, Shahjehanpur and Lakhimpur Khiri.
Total No electors: 18046031
Polling centers: 12907
2007 results: BSP (27), SP (17), BJP (9), Cong (1), others (3)