Campaign for 6th phase of UP polls ends, Jat votes crucial

Campaign for the sixth and penultimate phase of Uttar Pradesh assembly polls in 68 seats spread over 13 districts, including Ghaziabad and Gautam Buddha Nagar (Noida), came to an end on Sunday. The electioneering saw leaders of all political parties including Congress, SP, BSP, BJP and RLD working hard to woo voters in the area popularly known as 'Jat land'. "The polling will be held on February 28," joint chief electoral officer Anita Meshram said in Lucknow on Sunday. She said the districts where polling would be held on Tuesday are Saharanpur, Prabuddha Nagar, Meerut, Baghpath, Ghaziabad, Panchsheel Nagar, Gautam Buddha Nagar, Bulandshahr, Aligarh, Muzaffarnagar, Mathura, Mahamayanagar and Agra. "More than 2.17 crore voters are expected to cast their votes at 22,137 polling centres," she said.
A total 1,103 candidates, including 1,017 male and 86 female, are in the fray in this phase. The JCEO said that to ensure free and fair elections adequate force, including central forces, would be deployed. This phase would decide the popularity of Congress' alliance with Ajit Singh's Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) which has its stronghold in the western parts of the state. 

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