Beyond Metros, Manipur, Uttar Pradesh

Polling begins amid tight security in UP, Manipur

Polling began on Saturday in 49 constituencies of Uttar Pradesh and 38 constituencies of Manipur in the key assembly polls. More than 7 districts of eastern Uttar Pradesh are voting in the sixth phase of assembly polls on Saturday.

The Samajwadi Party leader Mulayam Singh Yadav’s Azamgarh Lok Sabha constituency is the center of attraction in UP.

In this sixth phase of election in UP, about 635 candidates are in the fray from Azamgarh, Ballia, Deoria, Gorakhpur, Kushi Nagar, Maharajganj to Mau districts of UP. More than 1.7 crore voters, including 94.60 lakh men and 77.84 lakh women, are entitled to vote in UP.

On the other hand, in Manipur, there are 5,44,050 men and 5,75,220 women voters for the first phase polling. Apart from that, over 7000 service voters are likely to cast their votes.

While BJP is the sole party contesting from all 60 seats in Manipur, the Congress, which was in power in the outgoing assembly, is fielding 59 candidates.

Significantly, activist Irom Sharmila, who broke her 16-year fast last year and started the Peoples Resurgence and Justice Alliance, is also contesting in the Manipur elections.

As the polling started, a few voters in UP have complained about their names missing from the electoral rolls.

“Special efforts have been made for differently-abled voters” to assist them in casting their votes, said Mao district magistrate.

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