UP polls: 40 % turnout recorded till 1pm

Seventh and final phase of UP assembly elections around 40 % voter had cast their ballots between 7 am and 1 pm, officials monitoring the mammoth exercise here said. Saturday’s balloting covered 10 districts, with several political VIPs turning out to vote early in the day. These included actor-politician Jaya Prada and Bharatiya Janata Party’s Muqtar Abbas Naqvi. An Election Commission official said the polling was going on smoothly.

Among the high voting areas were Moradabad, Rampur, Pilibhit and Lakhimpur Kheri. The other districts are Bijnore, Bhimnagar, JP Nagar, Badaun, Bareilly and Shahjahanpur.

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