Millions voted on Monday in 51 assembly constituencies in the fifth phase of staggered elections in Uttar Pradesh, officials said. An estimated 57.36 per cent of the 1.8 crore electorate had voted between 7 am and 5 pm, the Election Commission said. 

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After a slow start, voting picked up massively all across the 11 districts including Amethi, the Lok Sabha constituency of Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi.

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Ambedkarnagar, Sultanpur, Bahraich, Faizabad, Sant Kabir Nagar, Balrampur, Siddharthnagar, Shravasti and Gonda, officials said.  Voting is on in 18,822 polling booths to decide the fate of 607 candidates. Amethi has the maximum number of 24 candidates.

The election has been cancelled in Alapur in Ambedkarnagar district following the death of the Samajwadi Party candidate.

Also Read: It is ‘Rani vs Rani’ in Amethi today

In the 2012 polls, the ruling Samajwadi Party bagged 37 of the 51 seats now at stake, the BSP three, Bharatiya Janata Party five, the Congress five and the Peace Party two.

 

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06: 10 PM | Approximately 57.36% voting recorded till 5 PM in the fifth phase of UP elections

05: 45 PM | Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi and Uttar Pradesh CM Akhilesh Yadav address an election rally in Gorakhpur.

03: 45 PM | 49.19% voting in Uttar Pradesh fifth phase assembly elections till 3 pm

02: 45 PM | Why do gangsters here keep smiling when they go to jail? This is because they get all facilities inside. Giving tickets to such gangsters is it not a mockery of democracy?: PM Modi

02: 36 PM | Why the SP government doesn’t care about farmers in Uttar Pradesh? Why are they not helping farmers in distress? They must answer. Central Govt allotted funds for 24×7 power supply in UP. But what stops the SP government from utilising those funds?: PM Modi in Mau

02: 25 PM | Today everyone in the world is hailing India. our country is scaling newer heights of development. It is due to 125 crore Indians. UP will also develop, it needs a stable BJP Government. When Jawahar Lal Nehru was the India PM, MP from Ghazipur expressed concern over poverty. The report was presented, but no action was taken. Our dream is to double the income of farmers by 2012: PM Narendra Modi said while addressing a poll rally in Mau, Uttar Pradesh.

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01: 45 PM | 38.72% voting recorded till 1 PM in the fifth phase of polling in Uttar Pradesh.

11: 42 AM | I am upset with the bad comments being made against PM Narendra Modi: Rajnath Singh

 

11: 05 AM | 27% voting recorded till 11 AM for fifth phase of polling in the state.

10: 05 AM | Mahant Gyandas of Hanuman Gadi casts his vote at a polling booth in Ayodhya, Uttar Pradesh

 

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09: 55 AM | Yahan vikas,rozgaar,shiksha sab di gayi hai,lekin Ram Mandir ke bina sab bekar hai,Ram Mandir ban ke rahega (Ayodhya has everything from, development to education, but all of this is meaning less without Ram Mandir. The temple will be built): Vinay Katiyar, BJP MP in Ayodhya

 

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09: 45 AM | 10.77% voting recorded till 9 AM

09: 15 AM | Voting in Ayodhya constituency of Uttar Pradesh is underway. Winning this seat is nothing less than BJP’s prestige issue. Being the lime light over decades, Ayodhya has always been able to fuel BJP’s election agenda in UP. As the voters seem to have moved over Ram Temple soap, and Babri debate takes a back stage, it will be interesting to see how BJP performs in Ayodhya.

 

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09: 08 AM | The low quality of education in the state (and dearth of jobs) puts India’s future workforce at risk and is reflected in UP’s high unemployment.

In 2015-16, more people per 1,000 were unemployed in UP (58), compared to the Indian average (37). Youth unemployment was especially high, with 148 for every 1,000 people between the ages of 18 and 29 years in UP unemployed, compared to the Indian average of 102, according to 2015-16 labour ministry data. READ FULL STORY HERE

09: 00 AM | The face-off between the two royals of Bhupati Bhavan. BJP’s Rani Garima Singh and Congress’ Rani Amita Singh is an interesting battle to watch out for in Amethi.

Garima Singh, the estranged first wife of Congress’ Rajya Sabha member Sanjay Singh, will contest on BJP’s ticket for the Amethi Assembly seat and Amita Singh, the present wife of Sanjay Singh has filed her nomination as a Congress candidate.

08: 50 AM | Congress Amethi candidate Amita Singh with husband and Congress MP Sanjay Singh after casting vote.

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08: 10 AM | Aware of its dismal performance in 2014 Lok Sabha elections, Congress this time along with SP will want to get back the lost confidence in Amethi, which has been party’s traditional strong hold. 

08: 05 AM | I am winning with a huge margin and Samajwadi Party under Akhilesh Yadav will be in power again in Uttar Pradesh: Gayatri Prajapati, SP Amethi candidate.

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07: 30 AM | Voting in Ambedkarnagar,Amethi,Bahraich Balrampur,Basti,Faizabad,Gonda,Sant kabir Nagar,Shravasti Siddharthnagar,Sultanpur.

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07: 19 AM | Voting underway at polling booth no.40 in Amethi.

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07: 10 AM | Voting begins.

06: 50 AM | Polling preparations underway at booth number 175 in UP’s Ayodhya

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06: 55 AM | Security deployed at polling booth number 127 & 128 in Ayodhya, voting to begin at 7 am

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First Published | 27 February 2017 7:30 AM
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