More than 95 pc voting for 36 seats of UP Legislative Council

More than 95 pc voting for 36 seats of UP Legislative Council

More than 95 pc voting for 36 seats of UP Legislative Council

UP Chief Minister Mayawati casting her vote at a polling station during the legislative council election in Lucknow on Thursday. PTI Photo

"The polling passed off peacefully and no major complaint was received from any part of the state. As per the reports received so far an average 95.53 per cent polling has been registered," Chief Electoral Officer Umesh Sinha told PTI.

He said that as figures from some districts were yet to be received the polling percentage could increase.

Total 193 candidates are in the fray for 36 seats, having over 1.33 lakh electorate.
In Basti district, 98.17 per cent polling was recorded for Basti-Siddharth Nagar seat.
Similarly, 95 per cent votes were polled for Allahabad-Kaushambi seat, whereas 97.5 per cent polling was registered for Agra-Firozabad seat.

For Shahjahanpur-Pilibhit seat, 97 per cent of the electorate turned up to cast their votes.
Several prominent leaders including Chief Minister Mayawati cast their votes with the BSP supremo casting her vote at a polling centre in Lucknow.

To ensure free and fair elections 7,500 personnel of the Provincial Armed Constabulary (PAC) along with local police were deployed at the polling centres, senior officers said.
Of these 36 seats, SP held the maximum of 22, followed by BJP with six, RLD 2 and Congress and SJP one each.

Four seats had fallen vacant due to resignation of three members and death of a BJP MLC.

Meanwhile, Opposition parties alleged large scale rigging and misuse of government machinery in favour of ruling party candidates.

"Supporters of SP were threatened at a number of places and booth capturing was done on the behest of BSP leaders," SP spokesman Rajendra Chaudhary alleged.
"Government officials worked as agents of the ruling party and booths were captured under police protection," BJP vice-president Hriday Narain Dixit alleged.

Demanding repolling at some centre, Dixit demanded the Election Commission take action against a minister, alleging he rigged the polls for Moradabad-Bijnore seat.