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Gautam Budh Nagar goes to polls in first phase of UP election

There are 36 candidates in the fray for three assembly segments -- Noida, Dadri and Jewar -- in Gautam Bud Nagar district that will go to polls on Saturday.

noida Updated: Feb 10, 2017 22:54 IST
Pawan Pandita
Pawan Pandita
Hindustan Times
UP election,Gautam Budh Nagar,Noida
Block level officers carry electronic voting machines to their respective booths in Gautam Budh Nagar on Friday.(Sunil Ghosh/HT Photo)

There are 36 candidates in the fray for three assembly segments -- Noida, Dadri and Jewar -- in Gautam Bud Nagar district that will go to polls on Saturday. Over 12.86 lakh eligible voters will decide the fate of these candidates for the three seats in the district.

There are 14 candidates each for Noida and Dadri constituencies and eight candidates are contesting for the Jewar assembly seat.

There are only two woman candidates -- Shakila from Dadri and Sumit Vaid Dixit from Jewar -- contesting for the three assembly seats.

For the convenience of voters, the district administration has given the address of a website and telephone numbers for knowing their polling booth. To know your polling booth, log on to and click on ‘know your booth’ and to get the details on phone, send ECI (space) EPIC number to 166 or 51969. The voter will get an SMS reply giving his serial number and polling centre.

In a handout, the district election officer said those who did not receive their voter slips could cast their vote by showing one of 12 identify proofs at the polling booth. The identity proofs include voter ID card, passport, driving licence, PAN card, bank passbook, photo identity card, pension card, aadhar card, MNREGA job card, health insurance smartcard, NPR smartcard and an identity card issued by MP/MLA.

In Noida, the BJP has fielded Pankaj Singh, son of Union home minister Rajnath Singh. The other main contestants are Sunil Choudhary of SP-Congress alliance and BSP’s Ravikant Mishra.

BJP president Amit Shah, UP BJP president Keshav Prasad Maurya, union urban development minister Venkaiah Naidu, minister of law and justice Ravi Shankar Prasad, power minister Piyush Goyal, minister of state for heavy industries and public enterprises Babul Supriyo, minister of state for human resource development Mahendra Nath Pandey, former Uttarakhand chief minister Ramesh Pokhriyal “Nishank”, MPs Kirron Kher and Udit Raj visited Noida to support Pankaj Singh.

The Union minister of state for information and broadcasting Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore and northeast Delhi MP Manoj Tiwari held a road show in support of the BJP candidate in Noida on the last day of campaigning on Thursday.

For BSP, only party general secretary Nasimuddin Siddiqui held a rally at Sector 39 community centre on January 24.

Congress leaders Ghulam Nabi Azad held a rally at Dadri and UP state Congress president Raj Babbar also held a road show in Dadri.

First Published: Feb 10, 2017 22:54 IST