Over 1.57 crore voters are likely to decide the fate of 785 candidates in the penultimate phase of the seven-phased Uttar Pradesh Assembly polls on Thursday in 52 seats spread over nine districts including Allahabad, Varanasi and the Naxal-infested Sonebhadra and Chandauli.
Elaborate security arrangements have been made for the elections including two Lok Sabha bypolls in Robertsganj and Mirzapur.
The fate of several ministers in Mulayam Singh Yadav government will be decided in tomorrow's polls. Prominent among these include state minister Ujjwal Raman Singh, BJP state chief Kesri Nath Tripathi, Apna Dal President Sonelal Patel and All India Mahila Congress President Reeta Bahuguna Joshi.
Over 6,500 central paramilitary forces have been deployed in this phase seeing the Naxalite problem in some part of Sonebhadra, Chandauli and Mirzapur districts.
Election office sources said that an army chopper would be kept ready at Varanasi along with a team of commandos to deal with any emergency.
Central paramilitary forces jawans would be escorting the polling parties wherever necessary.
Sources said 8,210 polling centres and about 15,508 polling stations have been set up for the electorate equipped with 17,800 evms. About 500 polling booths fall in the Naxal infested areas