UP Polls: 56% polling in 3rd phase

Uttar Pradesh assembly polls, around 56 % polling recorded on 56 seats in third phase, in which Mayawati’s ruling SP'>BSP is facing a strong challenge from the Congress, Samajwadi Party (SP) and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). The polling, which began on a sluggish note at 18,374 booths spread over 10 districts, picked up as the day progressed, with state election officials putting the overall turnout at around 56 per cent.

As many as 1,018 candidates were in the fray for elections held in Amethi and Rae Bareli, pocket boroughs of the Nehru-Gandhi family, CSM Nagar, Sultanpur, Kaushambi, Allahabad, Jaunpur, Varanasi, Sant Ravidas Nagar and Naxal-hit areas of Chandauli, Mirzapur and Sonbhadra.

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