59% Polling in Uttarpradesh Phase 5

Around 59. 2 percent of the total over 1.56 crore voters cast their ballots as balloting for the fifth phase of the assembly elections in India’s most populous and politically crucial state Uttar Pradesh ended peacefully on Thursday evening. A total of 49 seats were up for grabs in this round spread across 13 districts. While the last two phases were crucial for the Gandhi-Nehru clan, this is one round which is an acid test for Mulayam Singh Yadav and his son Akhilesh Yadav led Samajwadi Party and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) since Uma Bharati has also thrown her hat in the ring in this phase.
The 13 districts where polling was held were Firozabad, Kanshiram Nagar, Etah, Mainpuri, Etawah, Auraiya, Ramabainagar, Kanpur, Jalaun, Jhansi, Lalitpur, Hamirpur and Mahoba. This is a round crucial for both the SP and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). BJP feisty woman leader Uma Bharati, who hails from Madhya Pradesh, is in the fray in this round fighting the polls from Charkhari seat in Mahoba district. In this phase, the backward Bundelkhand region (Etah district) went to polls as well. The backward region is a stronghold of Samajwadi Party but in a byelection in 2009, one crucial seat was wrested from them by the ruling Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP). Uttar Pradesh will go to vote in two more stages on Feb 28 and Mar 3. Counting of votes is on March 6 along with all four other states that are going to elections this year.

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