The final phase today is in the western part and Terai region of the state. Polling covering 60 constituencies began today with around 24.59 per cent of voters exercising their franchise till 11 am. 968 candidates will battle it out today in 60 constituencies in Uttar Pradesh.
With 28 per cent Muslim voters in these 60 odd constituencies, the Samajwadi Party’s Azam Khan, the party’s Muslim face is one of the tallest leaders in the fray from the Rampur city constituency. His rivalry with actor Jaya Prada, the sitting MP, led to high drama in the run up to the elections. Jaya Prada accused him of running a smear campaign against her, something that has reduced her to tears not once but several times in this elections.