Uttar Pradesh Assembly Elections 2017: Phase one polling top highlights

Polling for first phase in Ghaziabad, Agra, Mathura, Meerut and in other constituencies of western UP is underway.

Voting in 73 constituencies of the politically crucial Uttar Pradesh took place on February 11 and a total voter turnout of 63 per cent was recorded till the end.

The fate of 839 candidates who are in the fray for 73 assembly seats has been sealed. Barring a few incidents of violence, the polling was more or less peaceful. Supporters of Bahujan Samaj Party and Samajwadi Party clashed in Kathuar area of UP’s Meerut city, one person was injured in a firing.

The results of assembly elections will also be considered as people’s verdict on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s demonetisation drive.

It was likely to be a four-cornered contest as main protagonists SP-Congress combine, BJP, BSP and RLD are expecting a strong show in the western part of the state which has seen a spate of communal violence in the past.

A total of 839 candidates were in the fray. Elaborated security arrangements were made in communally sensitive Muzaffarnagar, Shamli, Dadri and other areas.

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 -Sardhana and Thanabhawan respectively.

Key constituencies include communally sensitive constituencies of Kairana, Muzaffarnagar, Dadri and Meerut, apart from Ghaziabad, Noida, Agra etc.

Here are the highlights:

5:05 pm: Polling time for Uttar Pradesh elections phase 1 ends

4: 30 pm: Voting per cent till 3 pm in all 6 districts

Baghpat: 54%

Mathura: 53%

Firozabad: 53.8%

Agra: 56.08%

Muzaffarnagar: 54%

Meerut: 52%

4:15 pm: By 3 pm, a total of 52. 90 per cent of people have exercised their franchise

4:10 pm: Mayawati addressing a rally in Saharanpur

3: 00 pm: Apne baap ko naraaz karke kahin beta samjhota karta hai kya?: Amit Shah on SP-Congress alliance in Sitapur

2: 45 pm: Congress-SP alliance hum sab ke haq mein hai. Voter samajhdari se vote daale, koshish karey usme bikhraav na ho: Muslim cleric Khalid Rashid

2: 10 pm: Rajasthan governor and former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Kalyan Singh votes in Aligarh.

Kalyan Singh votes in Aligarh

Kalyan Singh votes in Aligarh

2:00 pm: It was a strategic decision of both the SP-Congress combine and PM Narendra Modi to hold press conference and rally in other areas of the state. It is also seen as a last-ditch attempt to shape-up the mind of the voters in the polling areas.

1:45 pm: Voting per cent till 1 pm in all 15 districts

Agra: 39.19%
Aligarh: 38.14%
Baghpat: 37.67%
Bulandshahr: 41.43%
Etah: 39%
Firozabad: 40.80%
Gautam Buddha Nagar: 36.33%
Ghaziabad: 38.48%
Hapur: 43.33%
Hathras: 36.90%
Kasganj: 37.17%
Mathura: 40.40%
Meerut: 37.87%
Muzaffarnagar: 41.48%
Shamli: 41.83%

 1:40 pm: 

1: 35 pm: When I took strong steps against corruption, all parties came together against Modi. SP, BSP united and spoke in one voice against us: PM Modi

1:30 pm: Voting slow in several booths in Mathura. Polling officials say footfall may increase later in the day. If it doesn’t then the guessing game over results begins all over again.

1: 25 pm: 

1:15 pm:

12:55 pm: 

12:50 pm:

12:40 pm

12:35 pm: 30 per cent votes polled till noon in Uttar Pradesh

12:20 pm: As per initial reports, we are leading in this 1st phase: Union Minister Prakash Javadekar

12:15 pm:

12:05 pm: Supporters of Bahujan Samaj Party and Samajwadi Party clash in Kathuar area of UP’s Meerut city, one injured in firing.

12:01 pm: In Muzaffarnagar sitting MLA Kapil Dev Agarwal of BJP is facing Gaurav Bansal of SP, Payal Maheshwari of RLD & Rakesh Sharma of BSP

11:55 am: Jinko janta azma chuki hai, usko janta phir nahi azmayegi; UP mei BSP ki sarkaar purn bahumat ki banne wali hai: Mayawati

11:50 am: Here is a big BSP wave across the state and the reports I am getting from the first phase of voting are very positive:Mayawati

11: 45 am: 29% voting in Shamli till 11 am

11: 42 am: BJP has not fulfilled one -fourth of its promise: Mayawati

11:40 am: BSP supremo Mayawati says only her party can give ideal government.

11: 35 am:  Western UP’s firebrand BJP leader Sanjeev Balyan casts his vote

11:30 am: 24 per cent voting has been recorded in Mathura, 27 per cent in Muzaffarnagar and 21 per cent in Firozabad by 11 am, says report

11:00 am: BJP wins all three MLC seats in UP where elections were held: Kanpur, Gorakhpur and Bareilly. The three seats won by BJP are graduate MLC seats.

10: 55 am: PM’s strategy is distraction;When he can’t answer questions, then he starts distracting;Truth is that in 2.5yrs, he has failed: Rahul Gandhi

10: 53 am: Coordination is there in this alliance; Reality is that we’re solidly fighting together for 99% of seats: Rahul Gandhi

10: 50 am: Rahul questions the contribution of Prime Minister Narendra Modi for Uttar Pradesh in his two and half years rule.

10: 45 am: Akhilesh Yadav announced Rs 1,000 pension for 1 Cr poor families, Food for Rs 10, Electricity, drinking water and roads in 5 years in every village, free cycle to girl students from class 9 to 12 standard and for promising boy student.

10:35 am: Getting angry is not a good thing, it only proves that the person is feeling the ground sleeping under his feet, says UP CM.

10: 30 am: Taking a swipe at PM Narendra Modi, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister said that our Prime Minister likes to search on google and peep in other’s bathroom.

10:15 am: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav and Congress Vice-president Rahul Gandhi  launches alliance’s common minimum program.

10:00 am: Police has detained Gagan Som, brother of BJP candidate Sangeet Som for carrying a pistol inside poll booth.

9: 45 am: Mathura- 9% Greater Noida- 8.9% Kasganj- 12.5 % Meerut- 11% Muzaffarnagar- 15% Ghaziabad- 13% Hathras- 11% Baghpat- 8 % Ferozabad- 12% Hapur- 10% Shamli- 18% Aligarh- 9% Agra-12.8%

9:40 am: 10.56% voting in first phase of Uttar Pradesh elections till 9 am

9:25 am: Rajnath Singh Tweets

9:20 am:  Today’s poll will be an acid test for Pankaj Singh, the BJP candidate and son of Home Minister Rajnath Singh, who has faced rebellion from a section of the party. However, his chances remain strong as he has the support of Noida MP Mahesh Sharma.

9:15 am: 15% of voting in Muzaffarnagar till 9 am

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8:55 am: 

8: 50 am: BJP firebrand leader Sangeet Som casts his vote from Sardana

8:45 am: Ghaziabad’s Sahibabad is the largest constituency in terms of electorate

8:40 am: Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav likely to hold a joint press conference today.

8: 37 am: People after casting their votes in Bulandshahr

8:35 am: Voters flaunt inked fingers for camerpersons outside polling booths.

8:30 am: 

8:25 am: Women polling agents at Bhatta Parasauk in Greater Noida complain of poor infrastructure and basic amenities.

8:20 am: 

8:15 am: According to the Election Commission, Etah’s Jalesar is the smallest constituency in terms of electorate.

8:05 am: 

8:00 am: PM Modi urges people to participate in the festival of democracy

7: 45 am: Polling delayed in booth no.42 in Mathura’s Govardhan, and in booth nos 119 and 120 in Baghpat as EVMs are not working

7:35 am: 

7:30 am: High security in place to ensure smooth polling. Voting began on Saturday for the first phase of Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections