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UP Polls Fourth Phase: Around 60% Voter Turnout till 5 pm, PM Modi Says People Marching to Beat of BJP-NDA Victory

Pilibhit recorded the highest voter turnout at 67.59%, followed by Lakhimpur Kheri at 65.54% and Rae Bareli at 61.90%.

News18.com | February 23, 2022, 23:30 IST
Women holding their identification cards, wait in a queue, at a polling station to cast their vote for the fourth phase of UP Assembly polls, in Unnao.

Around 60 per cent polling was recorded in 59 assembly constituencies during the fourth of the seven-phase elections in Uttar Pradesh on Wednesday, according to the Election Commission. The State Election Commission releases the final voting percentage a day after the polling. With the completion of the fourth round of polling, 231 assembly constituencies out of 403 in the state have been covered. The last three phases of voting will be held Read More

Feb 23, 2022 19:57 IST

Rs 6.85 Cr Cash Seized from 9 Districts that Voted in Fourth Phase, Says UP CEO

Uttar Pradesh chief electoral officer Ajay Kumar Shukla said poll authorities had seized Rs 6.85 crore cash and 3.76 lakh litres of liquor in nine districts that voted in the fourth phase of the assembly elections today. He added that a total of 503 incidences of poll code violation were noted and necessary action was taken. Uttar Pradesh fifth phase will be held on February 27. ANI

Feb 23, 2022 19:40 IST

Uttar Pradesh Records 57.45% Voter Turnout till 5 pm, Highest at Lakhimpur Kheri

Uttar Pradesh recorded 57.45 per cent voter turnout in the fourth phase of the assembly elections till 5 pm, poll officials said. Voting ended at 6 pm, and final polling percentage is expected to increase as all reports are compiled. According to news agency ANI, Kheri (Lakhimpur Kheri) recorded the highest turnout at 62.42 per cent, followed by Pilibhit at 61.33 per cent and Rae Bareli at 58.40 per cent. Three more phases are left, with the next one being held on February 27. Political leaders are already campaigning for the fifth phase, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi holding a big rally in Kaushambi under Prayagraj region today. Political rival Akhilesh Yadav from the Samajwadi Party also held a rally in Gonda today.

Feb 23, 2022 19:23 IST

Fourth Phase Polling Comes to an End in Uttar Pradesh

Feb 23, 2022 19:20 IST

Support for Nawab Malik Raises Questions Against Akhilesh Yadav: BJP Leader

BJP leader Sudhanshu Trivedi said Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav’s support for NCP leader Nawab Malik was a testament to their “passion for crime”. Malik was arrested by the Enforcement Directorate today, following which Akhilesh stood by him and said his arrest was an example of the misuse of central agencies by the BJP. He had said the BJP used central agencies such as the ED against people who scared the saffron party. Trivedi said, “National agencies are investigating Nawab Malik’s case closely, but Akhilesh Yadav taking his side raises questions against him. The SP talking in favor of a person getting probed in a matter related to the underworld is a testament to their passion for a crime.” ANI

Feb 23, 2022 17:54 IST

Rahul, Akhilesh, Priyanka Born with Silver Spoon, Have Never Seen Poverty: Nadda

At his political rally in Prayagraj, BJP national president JP Nadda also underlined that Congress leaders Rahul and Priyanka Gandhi as well as Akhilesh Yadav had not seen poverty. Talking about the Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led Centre’s Jan Dhan scheme, Nadda alleged that the three leaders would make fun of the scheme as they were born with silver spoon. “Rahul, Akhilesh, Priyanka who were born with a silver spoon used to make fun of Jan Dhan scheme, they have never seen poverty. Now, Modi ji is giving Rs 2,000 every month to the farmers,”he said. ANI

Feb 23, 2022 17:46 IST

Nadda: This Election Meant to End Black Clouds in Form of Akhilesh Yadav, His Goondas

Addressing a rally in Prayagraj today, BJP national president JP Nadda said the assembly elections this time were meant to end “black clouds” lingering in the form of Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav and his “gang of goondas“. “This election is meant to end the shroud of black clouds that are lingering in the form of Akhilesh Yadav and his gang of goondas (goons),” Nadda said. Prayagraj region will go to polls in the fifth phase of elections on February 27. ANI

Feb 23, 2022 17:26 IST

BJP Uses Agencies to Defame Those it is Scared of: Akhilesh on Nawab Malik Arrest

On the sidelines of his campaigning in Gonda for the fifth phase of the Uttar Pradesh assembly elections, Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav commented on the arrest of NCP leader Nawab Malik. He said the BJP used central agencies such as the Enforcement Directorate to defame those it was scared of. “If BJP is scared of someone, it brings agencies (ED) to defame them (Nawab Malik) and sends them to prison after false trials. We’ve seen this multiple times, BJP once said it’s in danger after a pouch was found in the assembly, which actually was sawdust,” the SP chief added. ANI

Feb 23, 2022 16:25 IST

WATCH | PM Modi Greets BJP Supporters at Barabanki Rally

Feb 23, 2022 16:07 IST

PM Modi: 'Mausami' Leaders Disappeared during Covid Peak

In his speech at Kaushambi, Prime Minister Narendra Modi also mentioned “mausami” (seasonal) political leaders. He said these leaders disappeared during the peak of the Covid-19 pandemic and reappeared once the infection was brought under control through vaccinations. “You got to see mausami (seasonal) leaders in Covid, who disappeared during peak and reappeared when it was controlled. They instigated people against the vaccine but got themselves vaccinated. People of UP are well aware of seasonal leaders,” he said. ANI

Feb 23, 2022 16:03 IST

PM Modi: Those who do Parivarwad Refrained from Commenting on Ahmedabad Blasts Verdict

Prime Minister Modi also took a dig at “dynastic politics” at Kaushambi. Referring to the recent verdict by a special court in the Ahmedabad serial bomb blast case, he said those who indulged in “parivarwad” had refrained from commenting on the “landmark verdict”. The death sentence was pronounced for 38 out of 49 convicts in the 2008 case. Further attacking these political parties, Prime Minister Modi also said “parivarwadi” groups looted the poor’s ration but the BJP ended their game. “We brought in ‘One Nation, One Ration Card’. Now people of Kaushambi can use their ration cards anywhere in the country,” he added, as per news agency ANI.

Feb 23, 2022 15:59 IST

UP Fourth Phase: 49.89% Voter Turnout till 3 pm

Uttar Pradesh has recorded 49.89 per cent voter turnout till 3 pm in the ongoing fourth phase of the assembly elections today. Till 1 pm, the turnout was 37.45% and it is expected to pick up by the voting ends at 6 pm. ANI

Feb 23, 2022 15:31 IST

PM Modi: Long Queues Outside Polling Booths, People Marching to Beat of BJP-NDA Victory

Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed a political rally in Kaushambi today, as part of his campaigning for the fifth phase of the Uttar Pradesh assembly elections. He said there were long queues outside polling booths for the fourth phase of the elections today, and that people were marching to the beat of BJP-NDA victory. “Today, the fourth phase of polling is on in Uttar Pradesh. The people of UP are marching ahead to the beat of victory of BJP and NDA. Those who think that the people of UP will be divided, to answer them, the people of UP are again standing in long queues at the polling booths today,” he added. Kaushambi is in the Prayagraj region, which will go to polls in the fifth phase of the Uttar Pradesh elections on February 27.

Feb 23, 2022 15:07 IST

Mayawati Confident of Forming Govt in UP, Says SP 'dreams' Will Be Shattered

BSP president Mayawati on Wednesday exuded confidence that her party will repeat its show of 2007 and SP president Akhilesh Yadav’s dreams of forming government will be shattered. She also thanked the Union Home Minister Amit Shah for acknowledging BSP’s relevance in the state, saying her party is getting votes of all sections of society. READ MORE

Feb 23, 2022 14:47 IST

'It's Written on SP Leaders' Face...': Out to Vote in UP Polls, Mayawati Agrees with Amit Shah's Poll Assessment

Bahujan Samaj Party supremo and former Uttar Pradesh CM Mayawati on Wednesday expressed confidence that both Muslims and Dalits will vote for her party and they will form government in state with full majority. Her statement came in response to Network18’s interview with Union home minister Amit Shah where he had said that it would be wrong to summarise that BSP is losing relevance. He added that it is Akhilesh Yadav who has deviated from the real issues in UP elections 2022. READ MORE

Feb 23, 2022 14:45 IST

37.45% voters turnout recorded till 1 pm

37.45% voters turnout recorded till 1 pm: EC

Feb 23, 2022 14:27 IST

Don't Have Family But Understand 'Parivar's Dard', Says PM Modi

I would like to ask dynasts who say that they have a family & know the pain of families, why did they not care about Muslim daughters? They had to return to their father’s home with their young children. Why did they not feel the pain of families?: PM Modi

Feb 23, 2022 14:18 IST

Surrounded By Cops, Ajay Mishra Teni Casts Vote in Lakhimpur; Answers Questions on Son Ashish With Victory Sign

Union Minister Ajay Mishra Teni voted on Wednesday at a polling station in Uttar Pradesh’s Lakhimpur, surrounded by scores of police and paramilitary personnel. As reporters yelled questions about his son Ashish Mishra, accused of running over farmers in Lakhimpur Kheri last year, the minister flashed a “V” (for victory) sign. READ MORE

Feb 23, 2022 14:05 IST

Daughters Safe Under BJP Rule: PM Modi

Previous govts had closed their eyes from needs & problems of our daughters. If they had even a little empathy, would they have given freedom to goons who used to molest our school-going daughters? Today goons know that if they cross boundaries, strict action will be taken: PM

Feb 23, 2022 13:46 IST

Dynasts want the poor to be always at their feet: PM Modi

Dynasts want the poor to be always at their feet and keep revolving around them. We care for the poor and we are working to bring down the problems of their lives. That is why, today the poor of UP is standing with BJP & is blessing BJP in all phases: PM Modi

Feb 23, 2022 13:40 IST

Don't Have Family But Understand 'Parivaar's Dard', Says PM Modi

Talking of the criminalisation of Triple Talaq, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said in Barabanki, that ‘we might not have a family, but understood a family’s pain’. SP chief Akhilesh Yadav has often hit out at Modi and CM Yogi Adityanath’s jibe of ‘dynastic politics’ saying those who did not have families could not understand a family’s pain.

on February 27, March 3 and March 7. As many as 624 candidates were in the fray in this phase.

According to the app, Pilibhit recorded the highest voter turnout at 67.59 per cent, Lakhimpur Kheri at 65.54 per cent, Sitapur at 58.39 per cent, Hardoi at 58.99 per cent, Unnao at 57.73 per cent, Lucknow at 55.92 per cent, Rae Bareli at 61.90 per cent, Banda at 57.54 per cent and Fatehpur at 60.07 per cent.

While poll panel officials claimed that voting was largely peaceful, the Samajwadi Party has alleged certain irregularities in some areas of Lucknow, Unnao, Hardoi and Sitapur and demanded action. In Lucknow, BSP president Mayawati, deputy chief minister Dinesh Sharma, state minister Brijesh Pathak, and many senior officials were among early voters.

Political leaders are already campaigning for the fifth phase, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi holding a big rally in Kaushambi under Prayagraj region today. Political rival Akhilesh Yadav from the Samajwadi Party also held a rally in Gonda today.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed a political rally in Kaushambi today, as part of his campaigning for the fifth phase of the Uttar Pradesh assembly elections. He said there were long queues outside polling booths for the fourth phase of the elections today, and that people were marching to the beat of BJP-NDA victory.

“Today, the fourth phase of polling is on in Uttar Pradesh. The people of UP are marching ahead to the beat of victory of BJP and NDA. Those who think that the people of UP will be divided, to answer them, the people of UP are again standing in long queues at the polling booths today,” he added.

Kaushambi is in the Prayagraj region, which will go to polls in the fifth phase of the Uttar Pradesh elections on February 27.

Prime Minister Modi also took a dig at “dynastic politics” at Kaushambi. Referring to the recent verdict by a special court in the Ahmedabad serial bomb blast case, he said those who indulged in “parivarwad” had refrained from commenting on the “landmark verdict”. The death sentence was pronounced for 38 out of 49 convicts in the 2008 case.

Further attacking these political parties, Prime Minister Modi also said “parivarwadi” groups looted the poor’s ration but the BJP ended their game. “We brought in ‘One Nation, One Ration Card’. Now people of Kaushambi can use their ration cards anywhere in the country,” he added, as per news agency ANI.

A total of 624 candidates are in the fray for the seats spread across Pilibhit, Lakhimpur-Kheri, Sitapur, Lucknow, Hardoi, Unnao, Rae Bareli, Fatehpur and Banda districts in Rohilkhand, Terai, Awadh and Bundelkhand regions of the state and of the 59 seats, 16 are reserved. According to the Uttar Pradesh Election Watch and Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR), which has analysed the self-sworn affidavits of 621 candidates out of 624, “as many as 167 (27 per cent) candidates have declared criminal cases against themselves. 129 (21 per cent) have declared serious criminal cases against themselves. Around 29 of the seats are red alert constituencies, where three or more contesting candidates have declared criminal cases against themselves.

For the BJP, which won 51 of 59 seats in the 2017 assembly polls, the challenge would be to retain its seats in the Terai region, where its Member of Parliament Varun Gandhi has trained his guns on the party’s government at the Centre and in the state. With eight seats, Lakhimpur Kheri district poses another challenge to the ruling party. Though all the seats are held by the BJP, the recent bail to Ashish Mishra, the son of Union Minister Ajay Mishra ‘Teni’, who was arrested in connection with the violence that killed eight people, including four farmers on October 3, will be the litmus test for the ruling party.

Matters are no less complicated for the Congress, which needs to retain two of the five seats in Rae Bareli as two Congress MLAs — Rakesh Singh from Harchandpur and Aditi Singh — have switched sides to the BJP. Rae Bareli is the parliamentary constituency of Congress’ interim president Sonia Gandhi, who appealed to voters to support the party on February 21.

Nine assembly seats of Lucknow will also be voted for on February 23. Eight of these seats have BJP MLAs.

The Samajwadi Party (SP) had won four of the 59 seats in 2017. The Apna Dal (S), an ally of the ruling BJP, won one, while the BSP was victorious on two seats.

In phase four, the regions are not defined by any dominant narrative, unlike phase one and two where Jat and Muslim equations were the biggest factors or phase three where large pockets were traditional Yadav strongholds. The regions in phase four have often seen a swing. In 2007, when the BSP had formed the government in the state, it too had done significantly well in the region. The same was the case in 2012.

The 59 assembly seats going to polls in the fourth phase are Pilibhit, Barkheda, Puranpur (SC), Bisalpur, Palia, Nighasan, Gola Gokarnath, Srinagar (SC), Dhaurhara, Lakhimpur, Kasta (SC), Mohammadi, Maholi, Sitapur, Hargaon (SC), Laharpur, Biswan, Sevata, Mahmudabad, Sidhauli (SC),Misrikh (SC), Sawaijpur, Shahabad, Hardoi, Gopamau (SC), Sandi (SC), Bilgram-Mallanwa, Balamau (SC), Sandila, Bangarmau, Safipur (SC), Mohan (SC), Unnao, Bhagwantnagar, Purva, Malihabad (SC), Bakshi Ka Talab, Sarojininagar, Lucknow West, Lucknow North, Lucknow East,Lucknow Central, Lucknow Cantonment, Mohanlalganj (SC), Bachhrawan (SC) , Harchandpur, Rae Bareli, Sareni, Unch Shahar, Tindwari, Baberu, Naraini (SC), Banda, Jehanabad, Bindki, Fatehpur, Ayahshah, Hussainganj and Khaga (SC).

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