Second phase of assembly election began in 67 constituencies of Uttar Pradesh in 11 districts on Wednesday morning at 7 am.
Voting in 69 seats of Uttarakhand assembly will begin at around 8 am.
This will be an interesting phase as out of 67 seats, Samajwadi Partyholds 34 seats. Uttar Pradesh’s Rohilkhand region which is popularly known as the belt of paddy and sugarcane will also vote today. The district will vote considering the due from cane crop are still remaining. Pilibhit district will also witness polling today, demonetization is expected to a major issue as mostly flutes are manufactured and have cash transactions.
In Uttarakhand, the BJP is hoping to win over the Congress government which is facing huge corruption charges.
Uttar Pradesh Assembly Election Phase II:
- The ruling Akhilesh Yadav’s Samajwadi Party won 34, Mayawati’s Bahujan Samaj Party won 17, the BJP 10 and the Congress 4 out of the 67 seats in 2012 assembly polls.
- The phase II elections are mostly in the Muslim population majority regions; More than 30 percent Muslims in seven districts, including Rampur and Moradabad where more than 50 percent of population is Muslim.
- The election campaigning for the 67 seats of phase II ended on Monday evening. PM Modi, Akhilesh Yadav, Rahul Gandhi and Mayawati had campaigned extensively for this phase.
- The key contestants are Azam Khan from Rampur, his son Abdullah Azam from Suar, Kamal Akhtar from Hasanpur, Ram Moorti Verma from Dadraul, and Congress’s Jitin Prasada from Tilhar in Shajahanpur.
Uttarakhand Assembly Election:
- In Uttarakhand, Chief Minister Harish Rawat is contesting from Haridwar Rural in Garhwal against sitting BJP legislator Swami Yatishwaranand.
- Rawat will be looking to gain Muslim and Dalit voters from Haridwar Rural, which is the largest pilgrim centres of the country.
- The BJP has blamed the ruling Congress government of corruption and converting the land of Gods to a land of corruption.