Campaigning for second phase ends today in UP

Campaigning for second phase ends today in UP in 59 assembly constituencies spread over 9 districts of eastern region of the state from Basti, Gorakhpur, Azamgarh and Varanasi divisions comes to an end on Thursday. Polling will be held in these constituencies on Saturday. A total of 1,099 candidates are in the fray for this phase. Meanwhile, an impressive 62 to 64 pc turnout was on Wednesday registered in the first phase of Assembly elections in 55 seats in Uttar Pradesh where stakes are high for Mayawati's ruling BSP which is facing a tough challenge from Congress, BJP and SP. The first phase of elections for the 403-member assembly will decide the fate of two ministers, 31 MLAs and 15 former ministers.
The remaining phases of polling will be held on February 11, 15, 19, 23, 28 and March 3. Counting of votes will take place on March 6. In the 2007 Assembly polls, BSP had bagged 30 of the 55 seats where elections were held on Wednesday and it would a tough challenge for the party, hit by controversies due to corruption cases, to retain the number. Samajwadi Party is also under pressure to perform in these area to increase its tally from 18 seats last time. The list of candidates and Seats that will go for polls on 11th feb are listed below:


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