The fourth phase of UP assembly polls has come to an end with a voter turnout of 61% till 5 PM. As people who reach polling booths at 5 PM are allowed to cast their vote, the overall voter turnout is expected to be over 63%. The fourth phase of UP polls covers 53 constituencies spread across 12 districts. These districts include Pratapgarh, Kaushambi, Allahabad, Jalaun, Jhansi, Lalitpur, Mahoba, Banda, Hamirpur, Chitrakoot and Fatehpur. During the fourth phase, Rs 13.49 crore cash and 3.26 lakh liters of liquor worth about 8.17 crore has been seized by security forces. Action has been taken against more than 2.5 lakh troublemakers.
A total of 680 candidates are contesting the elections in the fourth phase. The total number of voters are 1.84 crore of which 84 lakh are women. There are more than a thousand voters from the third gender as well. Security arrangements were tightened on the Election Day to ensure safe and nonviolent elections. The elections were largely peaceful barring a few incidents of violence.
The UP elections are being considered a litmus test for BJP, as opposition parties claim that people have been deeply affected by the demonetization move. If the BJP performs well in UP elections, it will prove that the people are with PM Modi and the decisions he makes. The BJP is facing a tough challenge from the Congress-SP alliance in Uttar Pradesh.