57 per cent turnout in third phase of UP Polls

An estimated 57 per cent of voters exercised their franchise in the third phase of polling in the Uttar Pradesh Assembly election on Wednesday.


Polling was held on 56 Assembly seats spread across ten districts amid tight security arrangements, official sources said. Polling was peaceful with no untoward incident reported from anywhere in the state.


The polling began on a dull note but picked up momentum as the day wore on. The clear sky and warm weather prompted a good voter turnout in all the constituencies.


The polling percentage could increase as a large number of people were in queue after the scheduled time for the polling ended at 5 pm. In comparison to the turn out in 2007 Assembly polls, the polling was 23 per cent more.


The third phase of polling will not only be a test for BSP supremo Mayawati but also be crucial for the “Nehru–Gandhi” family, whose pocket boroughs were among those going to the polls.


The fate of four UP ministers Indrajit Saroj, Nand Gopal Nandi, Dharmaraj Nishad and Vinod Singh was sealed in this phase of polling.


The other districts which went to the polls in the third phase included Allahabad, Kaushambi, Sultanpur, Sant Ravidas Nagar, Jaunpur, Chandauli, Mirzapur and Sonebhadra.

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