UP poll highlights: Mulayam says Akhilesh will be CM; 61.16% voter turnout
Of the 69 constituencies in 12 districts which go to polls, the SP had won 55 in 2012. But spurred by infighting, chief minister Akhilesh Yadav changed candidates on as many as 20 seats.Updated: Feb 19, 2017 21:31 IST
Twenty-four million voters will decide the fate of candidates from 69 constituencies in the third phase of Uttar Pradesh assembly elections on Sunday.
Unlike the previous two phases, the third phase has the highest number of big fights, and figures many first-timers among 826 candidates.
The phase covers strongholds of the ruling Yadav family - the Kanpur and Avadh regions - but experts warn that many of the so-called safe seats might see close fights because of a resurgent opposition and bitter infighting within the Samajwadi Party.
Many party heavyweights - including senior SP leaders Shivpal Yadav and Mulayam Singh Yadav’s younger daughter-in-law Aparna Yadav - are in the poll fray.
Live updates here:
6.07pm: Total voter turnout till 5pm recorded at 61.16%
5.25pm: Samajwadi Party (SP) and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) workers clash at Bada Chauraha in Kanpur.
4.45pm: Stone-pelting between BJP-Congress supporters near Chacha Nehru school, Govind Nagar, Kidwai Nagar constituency in Kanpur.
4.34pm: Shruti and Gore, both 18-years-old, cast their votes at Moolgunj in Kanpur. Both of them have received the National Award for Persons with Disabilities (2009).
4.08pm: Police resort to lathi charge in Jaswant Nagar
3.46pm: The cops have a tough time placating people who are enraged with faulty EVMs and their names missing from the voters’ list.
3.38pm: 6176 differently-abled people cast their votes in seven districts in Kanpur, close to 80%, highest recorded ever.
3.32pm: Total voter turnout till 3pm recorded at 52.59%
3.26pm: BSP candidate from North Lucknow Ajay Srivastava lodges a complaint of bogus voting in his area with the Election Commission.
3.08pm: Sadhna Gupta, the second wife of Mulayam and a principal player in the Yadav family feud, says, “Akhilesh and Prateek are two eyes of mine and it pains me when somebody calls Akhilesh my step son. Those who indulge in bad mouthing cannot be dealt with, they are worse than demons.”
3.00pm: Poll percentage in Lucknow districts
Malihabad - 51%
BKT - 62 %
Sarojininagar - 55 %
Lucknow West - 45 %
Lucknow North - 45 %
Lucknow East - 52 %
Lucknow Central - 48%
Lucknow Cantt - 42 %
Mohanlalganj - 51%
2.51pm: Hundred-year-old Nawab Zafar Hussain casts his vote in Arya Nagar assembly segment in Kanpur. (Manoj Yadav/HT Photo)
2.45pm: Three votes are finally cast in Mau village, Rasoolabad, Kanpur after much cajoling at the local level. The villagers are boycotting the election.
1:50pm: A fake voter, Chitwant Singh, is in police custody in Govind Nagar.
1:40pm: Munna Lal, 90, casts his vote for the 67th time at SN Sen Balika College Mall Road. He underwent a surgery for hip replacement just a week ago but managed to get to the polling booth on Sunday.
1: 35pm: Nirmala Devi, the oldest resident of Etawah, casts her vote. She is 101 years old.
1:30pm: Name of Samajwadi Party’s Kanpur president Fazal Mehmood is missing from the voter list. He could not vote.
1:10pm: People take to streets to protest against non-functioning of EVMs in Rail Bazar under Cantonment assembly constituency.
Poll percentages till 1pm:
Govind Nagar: 27.5%
Arya Nagar: 29.77%
Kanpur Dehat: 41%
12:50pm: An elderly woman is being taken to a polling booth in Uttar Pradesh.
12:45pm: The complaints of names missing from electoral rolls rise substantially across the region. Majority of voters claim they have voter identity cards but are not being allowed to caste votes.
12:36pm: Dimple refutes claims of differences in the Samajwadi Party, says the party will form government in Uttar Pradesh again.
12: 35pm: Samajwadi Party MP Dimple Yadav casts her vote in Saifai, says “let’s be progressive and think about the future”.
12:30pm: Chief minister casts his vote in Saifai.
12:20pm: Reacting to chief minister Akhilesh Yadav’s statement to punish those in conspiracy, Mulayam says the CM might have said so for some party workers involved in conspiracy. “In my view, there are no such conspirators,” he says.
12.18pm: Mulayam Singh Yadav says let PM Modi talk but SP has been adopted by Uttar Pradesh. The Narendra Modi government at the Centre has not kept any promises while the Akhilesh regime has fulfilled all promises, he says.
12:15pm: Mulayam Singh casts his vote in Saifai, and says: “I am campaigning and would continue to do so. No one can stop SP from having 300 seats.” He says no one can stop Akhilesh becoming chief minister again and “the attack on Shivpal will be investigated.”
11:50am: BJP MP Sakshi Maharaj casts his vote in Unnao.
11:45am: Overall polling percentage till 11am is 24.19%
11:40am: Security tightened as SP partriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav reaches the polling station in Saifai.
11:15am: Poll percentages till 11am:
Farrukhabad : 25.97%
Kanpur Dehat : 26%
11:10am: Reports of stone pelting coming in from GIC Kanpur.
Samajwadi Party workers clash with police in Mainpuri.
10:50am: BJP leader and Union minister Uma Bharti votes in state capital Lucknow.
10:30am: Senior Congress leader and former Union minister Sriprakash Jaiswal casts his vote in Kanpur.
10:10am: Chief minister Akhilesh Yadav votes in Saifai. “We were ahead in first 2 phases and I am confident that we will be ahead in 3rd phase also.” CM plays down a question over selective campaigning by Mulayam Singh and says they both are campaigning separately to cover more area.
10:05am: SSP Etawah clarifies the pelting incident happened due to a brawl between Shivpal’s acolyte Bittu Yadav and a gram pradhan who was with BJP candidate Manish Yadav.
10am: After BSP and Samajwadi Party, home minister Rajnath Singh -- after casting his vote in Lucknow -- also claims the BJP is winning by absolute majority in Uttar Pradesh.
9:50am: Shivpal Yadav’s convoy was pelted with stones in Katiyapur of Jaswant Nagar, Etawah, say reports.
“Not aware of attack on Shivpal uncle. If that has happened, it is condemnable,” says Prateek Yadav, Akhilesh’s half brother, adding that “those alleging infighting among Samajwadi Party would get an answer on 11 March”.
9:40am: Overall voting percentage is 12% till 9am in Uttar Pradesh phase 3.
9:35am: Voting percentages till 9am:
Kanpur Dehat: 10.5%
9:30am: In an apparent attack on Amar Singh, Mulayam’s younger brother Rajpal Singh Yadav says that those who caused differences in the Samajwadi Party have been thrown out. When asked if it was Amar Singh,he said everybody knows the name.
9:10am: Bahujan Samawadi Party chief Mayawati votes in Lucknow at poll booth number 251. She claims the BSP will emerge victorious in this phase too and form the govt in UP with a majority.
Chief minister Akhilesh Yadav and his wife Dimple to arrive shortly in Saifai to vote.
9:05am: 7.7% voting in Kanpur till 9 am.
9am: Complaints of faulty electoral rolls piling up. People create ruckus at several places as their names are missing from the list even though they have voter ID cards.
8:55am: In Kannauj’s Bahosi village booth 223, villagers angry over land acquisition of bird sanctuary don’t turn up to vote.
8:41am: Polling is steady in Mainpuri and Etawah district of Uttar Pradesh.
About 10% polling in first hour of voting in Mainpuri as more than 6 thousand staff members have been deployed at 1574 polling stations in Mainpuri. The four assembly seats in the district were all won by SP in 2012 assembly elections.
8:30am: Bhartiya Janata Party’s Rita Bahuguna votes in Lucknow and slams SP, saying: “Mulayam ji’s emotional appeal points to the fact that Aparna Yadav (Mulayam’s daughter-in-law) is losing.”
8:15am: Congress MLA Ajay Kapoor’s house attacked in Kanpur, some vehicles damaged.
8am: Ram Gopal Yadav casts his vote in Safai. “There is no infighting at all as far as voting is concerned, we are winning 300+ seats,” he says.
Ram Gopal Yadav was a bone of contention in the SP family feud, as the Mulayam-Shivpal camp blamed him for influencing chief minister Akhilesh Yadav.
7:50am: Christ Church Inter in Kanpur is the oldest polling station in phase 3 of UP election.
7:45am: Residents of Goran Nivad village in Shivrajpur boycott the UP elections.
7:35am: First member of the Yadav family, Abhay Ram Singh Yadav, arrives to cast vote. He blames Ram Gopal Yadav for the family feud, adding that there is no dispute now.
7:30am: Media gathering at AbhinavVidhyalaya, the polling centre in Safai where Yadav family will cast vote today. Safai is part of Jaswant Nagar assembly constituency from where Shivpal Singh Yadav contested .
7am: Voting begins in 12 districts of Uttar Pradesh, reports ANI
6:40am: Preparation is going on for the third phase of voting in Uttar Pradesh elections that will begin shortly.
(With agency inputs)
First Published: Feb 19, 2017 07:05 IST