UP civil polls: Rajnath Singh, Dinesh Sharma cast votes in 2nd phase

Uttar Pradesh civic body elections Second phase of voting underway as 25 districts go to polls

Uttar Pradesh civic body elections Second phase of voting underway as 25 districts go to polls

According to the SEC, 24 districts had voted in the first phase of the polls on November 22. The Yogi Adityanath government had recently merged the Vrindavan and Mathura municipal boards to form the Mathura Nagar Nigam.

As the polling began for the second phase this morning, Uttar Pradesh BJP chief Mahendra Nath Pandey urged people of the state to come out in huge numbers.

Polling was held for 189 Local bodies including six municipal corporations of Ghaziabad, Aligarh, Mathura, Allahabad, Lucknow and Varanasi, 51 Nagar Palika Parishad and 132 Nagar Panchayat.

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The third and final phase of civic polls covering other 26 districts will be held on November 29. The counting will be held on December 1 and the results will be declared later that day.

While the Samajwadi Party (SP) and the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) have left the campaigning to second-rank leaders, the Congress has engaged senior leaders Ghulam Nabi Azad and Raj Babbar and MP Pramod Tewari to address election meetings in selected cities of the state. However, after facing a debacle, the two parties are contesting the local body elections separately.

Earlier, reports from polling stations across Lucknow suggested that voting was halted after machines started malfunctioning. BJP claimed a landslide victory in assembly elections in March.

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Keshav Prasad Maurya and his wife caste their vote in Allahabad.

A total of 230 local bodies went to polls in the first phase that included 4,095 wards.

SEC official here said around 52 per cent of the voters had exercised their franchise in 25 districts where polling was held in the second phase.

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Besides them, state ministers Swati Singh, Mohsin Raza and others prominent personalities cast their votes in the first four hours.

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