Uttar Pradesh elections: Large turnout in crucial ‘make-or-break’ phase 1 polling in UP

Over 63 % turnout witnessed in the first phase of the Uttar Pradesh assembly elections traversing 73 constituencies in the western part of the state.

Pitted as one of the most crucial election battleground, UP polls also ascertains the mood of the people towards the government in Centre.

Big voter turnout on Saturday clearly sets the tone for the remaining 5 phases of polling in the state.

Let’s dive in through pictures, how the region bettered its own figures of past two elections of 2007 and 2012.

PHOTO CREDIT: IANS

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    Polling was more or less peaceful across the 15 districts with some sporadic incidents of violence reported at some places, while at quite a few places, voting was delayed due to malfunctioning EVMs.

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    The highest turnout was seen in Aligarh (55.85 per cent), Mathura (55.42 %), Etah (55.01 %) and Meerut (55 %), followed by Bulandshahr (54.51 %), Baghpat and Muzaffarnagar (both 54 %).

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    A senior citizen being helped into the polling center to cast their vote in the first phase.

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    Hathras recorded 50 per cent, Shamli 53 and Kasganj 51.17 per cent, while Noida and Ghaziabad adjoining the national capital recorded 49 per cent and 50.42 per cent respectively.

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    The least turnout was witnessed in Firozabad - 40.80 % by 3 p.m.

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    An elderly woman being carried to a polling station to cast vote in the first phase of the Uttar Pradesh assembly elections in Agra.

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    Clashes between activists of the ruling Samajwadi Party and the Bahujan Samaj Party were reported from two places.

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    Women voters stand in a queue to cast their vote in the first phase of the Uttar Pradesh assembly elections.

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    Noida: People at a polling center to cast their vote in the first phase of the Uttar Pradesh assembly elections in Noida on Feb 11, 2017.

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    There are 26,822 polling centres for over two crore voters in this phase of polling, for which 839 candidates, including Pankaj Singh, the son of Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, were in the fray.