Over 60 per cent balloting was recorded as polling closed for the third phase of the Uttar Pradesh assembly elections on Sunday, Election Commission (EC) officials said.

A total of 69 constituencies voted in the crucial third phase of the seven-phase Assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh.

Last time, Samajwadi Party was a clear winner in the region that spans across 12 districts including, home turf Etawah, Kannauj and Mainpuri. 

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Around 2.41 crore voters cast their votes on Sunday to decide the fate of 826 candidates. There were 16,671 polling centres and 25,603 polling stations.

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The 12 districts where polling took place were Farrukhabad, Mainpuri, Etawah, Hardoi, Kannauj, Kanpur rural, Kanpur City, Unnao, Lucknow, Barabanki, Auraiyya and Sitapur.

The maximum balloting was reported from Barabanki, followed closely by Sitapur and Kannauj.

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A total of 69 seats went to polls in 12 districts in the third phase of voting.

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Stray incidents of violence – firing, preventing some from voting and stone pelting – were reported from some places though voting was by and large peaceful in most constituencies.

Here are the LIVE updates:

06: 00 PM | Over 61.16% voter turnout in third phase of Uttar Pradesh elcetions 2017

03:45 PM | 53% voter turnout till 3 PM in the third phase of Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections 2017

 

03: 30 PM | 44% voting recorded till 2 PM

Election commission says peaceful polling took place in the third phase of the Uttar Pradesh elections 


 

02: 50 PM | 38.96% voting has been recorded in the first six hours of polling in the third phase of polling in Uttar Pradesh. As of 1 PM, 43% voting was reported from Sitapur, 32% from Kanpur city, 44% from Kannauj, 30% in Auraiyya, 41% in Kanpur rural and 38% in Unnao districts.

02: 41 PM | There was a time when farmers had to face hurdles to get urea; we neem-coated urea & stopped its black marketing. BJP wants people to have access to clean fuel and aims to provide free gas connections to the people living in rural areas: PM Narendra Modi

02: 32 PM | As soon as BJP is voted to power in Uttar Pradesh, I promise to waive off the debt of farmers in the state in the first meeting itself. There should be no differentiation on the basis of religion or caste: PM Modi while addressing an election rally in Fatehpur, Uttar Pradesh

02: 23 PM | Hitting out at the BSP-Congress alliance in Uttar Pradesh, Modi accused SP of not respecting the ideals of Ram Manohar Lohia. Taking a reference to Prajapati case, Modi said that people of UP wanted to know if the alliance between SP and Congress was as pure the gangrape accused Prajapati.

02: 18 PM | There is no development in Uttar Pradesh; this exile of development must end now. The entire nation is moving ahead at a fast pace and so must UP. I urge all the people of the state to vote for BJP and make us a clear winner in these polls: PM Modi

 

 

02: 10 PM | PM Narendra Modi is addressing a poll rally in Fatehpur, Uttar Pradesh. Hitting out at Akhilesh Yadav government, PM Modi said, the law machinery in the state has failed.

Citing the alleged gangrape case against Gayatri Prajapati, PM Modi said that, in UP, it takes Supreme Court to intervene to even lodge a FIR in the police station.

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01: 40 PM | 38.96% voter turnout recorded in the third phase of polling till 1 PM 

 

 

12: 58 PM | Dimple Yadav casts her vote in Saifai, says, let’s be progressive and think about the future. Dimple is a Samajwadi Party politician and wife of Akhilesh Yadav, Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh and daughter-in-law of party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav.

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12: 49 PM | Navneet Sehgal, Principal Secretary, UP government casts his vote with his wife in Lucknow.

12: 38 PM | BJP’s Sarojini Nagar(Lucknow)candidate Swati Singh casts her vote; she’s contesting against BSP’s Shankari Singh and SP’s Anurag Yadav

 

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12: 32 PM | Commenting on PM Modi’s ‘adoption’ remark, Mulayam Singh said, let him (Modi), say whatever he feels like, Uttar Pradesh has adopted Samajwadi Party (SP). Developmental work has been done in Uttar Pradesh and Akhilesh will once again become the CM. “Shivpal Singh Yadav will win by a large margin”, added Mulayam.

Declaring himself an “adopted” son of Uttar Pradesh, PM Narendra Modi on Thursday said, “Lord Krishna was born in UP and made Gujarat his karmbhoomi (place of work). I was born in Gujarat and UP has adopted me. You have adopted me and it is my duty to work for you.” PM Modi, was addressing a rally in Hardoi, in UP.

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12: 20 PM | Earlier today, former Samajwadi Party (SP) state chief, Shivpal Singh Yadav escaped unharmed, when some unidentified persons pelted stones at his car while the leader was on his way to cast his vote. The incident took place in Etawah districts’, Jaswantnagar.

Shivpal has been at the centre of a bitter family feud between Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav and SP founder Mulayam Singh Yadav.

12: 10 PM | A 100-year-old Kaniz Fatima casts her vote at a polling booth in Sitapur.

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12: 01 PM | BSP founder, Mulayam Singh Yadav reaches to cast his vote in Saifai. Mulayam is accompanied by his daughter-in-law Aparna Yadav.

 

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11: 56 AM | BJP MP Sakshi Maharaj casts his vote in Unnao.

11: 50 AM | 24.19% voter turnout till 11 AM in the third phase of Uttar Pradesh Assembly election.

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11: 15 AM | Union Minister and senior BJP leader Kalraj Mishra casts his vote at Ganna Sansthan booth in Lucknow.

10: 55 AM | Union Minister and BJP leader Uma Bharti casts her vote at booth no 149 in Lucknow.

10: 39 AM | A newly wed couple come to cast their vote in Unnao, Uttar Pradesh.

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10: 31 AM | Senior Congress leader and former Union Minister Prakash Jaiswal casts his vote at booth no. 111 in Kanpur. 

10: 25 AM | There is no conflict within the party, everyone is united. The SP-Congress alliance win will be historic: Mulayam Singh Yadav’s son, Prateek Yadav in Saifai. 

Prateek was recently in the news for his flashing five-crore blue Lamborghini, while the fight between brother Akhilesh and father Mulayam was at a peak.

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10: 16 AM | There is a BJP wave in Uttar Pradesh, BSP and SP are fighting for second and third place: Pankaj Singh, BJP after casting vote in Lucknow

10: 14 AM | Addressing media personnel, CM Akhilesh Yadav, said that Samajwadi Party is ahead in the first two phases of voting in UP and will be ahead in the third phase as well. A confident Akhilesh further said that Samajwadi Party in alliance with the Congress will form the government in Uttar Pradesh.

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10: 10 AM | Akhilesh Yadav casts his vote in Saifai.

10: 09 AM | People discuss issues in Uttar Pradesh with #NewsX

 

10: 05 AM | Not only clear majority, BJP is winning by absolute majority in Uttar Pradesh: Home Minister Rajnath Singh after casting vote in Lucknow

 

10: 00 AM | JUST IN: Stones pelted at Shivpal Yadav’s car in Etawah’s Jaswantnagar: reports ANI

09: 55 AM | Chief Electoral Officer of Uttar Pradesh T Venkatesh after casting his vote in Lucknow.

 

09: 48 AM | Will the entire Yadav family come together to vote

 

09: 42 AM | WATCH: Confident BSP chief, Mayawati says will win close to 300 seats in Uttar Pradesh.

 

09: 38 AM | Samajwadi Party’s leader Ram Gopal Yadav speaks to #NewsX 

 

09: 34 AM | 12% voting recorded in the third phase of polling till 9 AM.

 

09: 25 AM | Voting percentage till 9 am- Kanpur Nagar 7.71%, Kannauj 11.65% and Sitapur 11%, reports ANI

09: 23 AM | BSP will be number one and will form the government in Uttar Pradesh with a “majority”, said the confident BSP chief.

09: 16 AM | Speaking to the media after casting her vote, BSP chief Mayawati urged all the eligible voters to go and cast their vote. Mayawati also said that just based on the last two phase of polling in Uttar Pradesh the third phase will also go to her party. “I am confident, BSP will win closer to 300 seats in this election,” said Mayawati.

09: 05 AM | BSP chief Mayawati arrives to cast her vote in Lucknow (poll booth no.251)

08: 52 AM | Mulayam ji’s emotional appeal points to the fact that Aparna Yadav is losing, says Rita Bahuguna Joshi, after casting her vote in Lucknow. BJP’s Rita Bahuguna Joshi is contesting against Samajwadi Party’s Aparna Yadav from Lucknow Cantt constituency.

 

08: 45 AM | Visuals of BJP Spokesperson Sudhanshu Trivedi after casting his vote in Lucknow

 

 

08: 13 AM | In Uttar Pradesh, today is the third phase of polling. I request that all voters participate in this celebration of democracy and voting : PM Narendra Modi

 

08: 10 AM | Shivpal Singh Yadav, Mulayam Singh Yadav’s daughter-in-law Aparna Yadav, Akhilesh Yadav’s cousin Anurag Yadav are in the fray today. The fate of BJP’s Rita Bahuguna Joshi will also be decided in this round.

08: 06 AM | All eyes are on the Yadav family. The 12 districts voting today in the third phase of UP elections is a prominent ‘Yadav belt’, a stronghold of Samajwadi Party. SP won 54 of the total 69 seats available in the region.

08: 02 AM | Heavy security deployment has been made across the 12 districts in Uttar Pradesh. Several polling stations are being monitored online.

08: 00 AM | Maximum number of 21 candidates contesting in today’s are in Etawah. Barabanki has least with only three candidates. Both Lucknow Central & West have 17 candidates each.

07: 52 AM | There is no infighting at all as far as voting is concerned, we are winning 300+ seats: Ramgopal Yadav after casting vote in Saifai

07: 46 AM | Phase three of UP election under way.

 

 

07: 37 AM | Samajwadi Party’s Nitin Agarwaal who is also a minister in UP Government is contesting against Dharamveer Singh of BSP and Raja Bux Singh of BJP.

07: 32 AM | SP candidate Nitin Agarwaal waits as EVM machine in booth number 198, in Hardoi not working. 

 

07: 24 AM | EVM machine in booth number 198 in Hardoi not working. People waiting for voting to resume.

07: 16 AM | Parivaar mein sab theek hai, hamaari sarkar ban rahi hai phir se (Everything is fine in the family, we are going to form government again this time): Abhay Ram Yadav(brother of Mulayam Yadav) after casting vote in Saifai.

 

07: 10 AM | Voting underway in Sultanul Madaris school in Old Lucknow.

 

 

07: 00 AM | Voting begins for 69 constituencies in Uttar Pradesh. This is the third phase of the seven-phase Assembly elections in UP.

 

06: 42 AM | Visuals from a polling booth in old Lucknow. The third phase of voting in Uttar Pradesh elections to begin shortly.

06: 35 AM | Third phase of voting in Uttar Pradesh elections. Key areas including Etawah, Kannauj, Kanpur, Unnao, Lucknow, Barabanki.

06: 30 AM | Candles lit to encourage voters in Allahabad.

 

First Published | 19 February 2017 7:14 AM
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