13.38% polling till 11 am in first phase polls

With the rain and cold keeping people away from polling booths in Uttar Pradesh, where the first phase of the staggered assembly elections are on. Till 11 a.m., four hours after polling began at 7 a.m., there was only 13.38 percent turnout in the 55 assembly constituencies in the eastern part of the state, said Uttar Pradesh Chief Electoral Officer Umesh Sinha.

In the first two hours of polling, for instance, just 150 voters stepped out of their homes in the cold and rainy weather at the Puremoti primary school in Barabanki, barely 35 km from here.

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