Polling began for first phase on slow note

The Polling began on Wednesday on a moderate to brisk note amid tight security for the first phase of the high-voltage Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections that will decide the fate of two ministers, 31 MLAs and 15 former ministers. The polling started at 7 am for 55 seats. More than 1.70 lakh electorates – 952.87 lakh male and 70.44 lakh female – are expected to seal the fate of 862 candidates. The candidates include 796 men, 65 women and one eunuch.

Maximum 26 candidates are in fray for Barabanki seat, whereas Mehmoodabad has minimum number of 8 candidates. Stakes are high for ruling SP'>BSP, Congress, SP and the BJP in the no holds barred fight for the 403 assembly seats.

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