Second phase of Uttar Pradesh Assembly polls, polling was recorded in the with 61 per cent of the total 1.92 crore electorate casting their vote till 5 pm on Saturday. Voting began on a slow note this morning but picked up by afternoon. The second phase would seal the fate of many senior leaders, including speaker Sukhdeo Rajbhar, Revenue Minister Phagu Chauhan, state presidents of SP'>BSP and BJP, deputy leader of SP Ambika Chaudhary, 31 MLAs and 24 former ministers.
Many of these constituencies that vote today, like Azamgarh, Mau, Balia, Gazipur have a significant presence of Muslim voters, especially the backward Ansari weavers, who Congress General Secretary Rahul Gandhi has been trying to reach out to by announcing the Rs. 3000 crore weaver package.