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UP Polls: 63% cast vote; Rs 20 crore, 4.44L liquor seized, says EC

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Sixty-three per cent voters exercised their franchise in 73 assembly constituencies in the first of the seven-phase UP polls on Saturday, the Election Commission said.Barring an incident of

Barring an incident of voter-slip snatching and clashes among supporters of rival parties at Baghpat, polling was peaceful.The turnout was estimated at around 45

The turnout was estimated at around 45 per cent, he said. A total of 2.60 crore voters, including over 1.17 crore women and 1,508 belonging to third gender category are eligible to cast their ballot to decide the fate of 839 candidates.A report from Baghpat said RLD workers obstructed Dalit voters from exercising their franchise in

A report from Baghpat said RLD workers obstructed Dalit voters from exercising their franchise in Looyan village under Badaut area leading to clash. Police swung into action to disperse them. FIRs have been filed against three RLD workers.In Meerut, controversial BJP leader Sangeet Som’s brother

In Meerut, controversial BJP leader Sangeet Som’s brother Gangan Som was detained by police for carrying a pistol inside a polling booth.Gagan reached the polling booth in Sardhana Assembly seat at 9 AM. The security personnel deployed there frisked him and found a pistol in his possession. He was immediately detained, police said.

Gagan reached the polling booth in Sardhana Assembly seat at 9 AM. The security personnel deployed there frisked him and found a pistol in his possession. He was immediately detained, police said.Officials said that as per the poll code, those possessing licensed weapons are required to deposit them with the police. The permission to keep arms is granted in special cases only.

Officials said that as per the poll code, those possessing licensed weapons are required to deposit them with the police. The permission to keep arms is granted in special cases only.Sangeet is the sitting MLA from Sardhana and had shot to limelight for his controversial speeches during the 2013 Muzaffarnagar riots.

Sangeet is the sitting MLA from Sardhana and had shot to limelight for his controversial speeches during the 2013 Muzaffarnagar riots.In Mathura, minor EVM malfunctions were reported at a few places. No incident of violence took place in all 5 seats of the district, Deputy collector Basant Agrawal said.

In Mathura, minor EVM malfunctions were reported at a few places. No incident of violence took place in all 5 seats of the district, Deputy collector Basant Agrawal said.

Election Commission said that the total 13 cases of paid news were identified, out of which 10 has been confirmed in first phase of UP elections.“As many as 2,96,906 troublemakers were identified and preventive actions were taken against them. Rs 19.56 crore in cash, 4,44,000 litre of liquor worth Rs 14 crore and drugs worth Rs 96.93 lakh, Rs 14 crores worth of gold and silver seized during

“As many as 2,96,906 troublemakers were identified and preventive actions were taken against them. Rs 19.56 crore in cash, 4,44,000 litre of liquor worth Rs 14 crore and drugs worth Rs 96.93 lakh, Rs 14 crores worth of gold and silver seized during first phase,” Election Commission added.Commission informed that a total of 3,888 digital and video cameras were used, webcasting was done at 2,857 places during the phase I of the UP elections.

Commission informed that a total of 3,888 digital and video cameras were used, webcasting was done at 2,857 places during the phase I of the UP elections.The first phase of polling will decide the electoral fortunes of Pankaj Singh (Noida seat), son of Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Congress Legislature Party leader Pradeep Mathur (Mathura) against whom BJP spokesman Srikant Sharma is in fray, Mriganka Singh (Kairana), daughter of BJP MP Hukum Singh and controversial BJP MLAs Sangeet Som and Suresh Rana –

The first phase of polling will decide the electoral fortunes of Pankaj Singh (Noida seat), son of Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Congress Legislature Party leader Pradeep Mathur (Mathura) against whom BJP spokesman Srikant Sharma is in fray, Mriganka Singh (Kairana), daughter of BJP MP Hukum Singh and controversial BJP MLAs Sangeet Som and Suresh Rana – Sardhan and Thanabhawan respectively.

Former BJP state president Lakshmikant Bajpai (Meerut), RJD chief Lalu Prasad’s son-in-law Rahul Singh (SP) from Sikandarabad, and Sandeep Singh, grandson of Rajasthan Governor Kalyan Singh from Atrauli are among other key figures in this phase.

The districts where polling is on in this phase are Shamli, Muzaffarnagar, Baghpat, Meerut, Ghaziabad, Gautam Buddha Nagar, Hapur, Bulandshahr, Aligarh, Mathura, Hathras, Agra, Firozabad, Etah and Kasganj.

In the 73 constituencies where polling is being held today, SP and BSP had bagged 24 seats each, BJP 11, Rashtriya Lok Dal headed by Ajit Singh nine and Congress five in the 2012 polls.

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