Voting underway for first phase of assembly election in UP

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Voting is underway for the first phase of the Uttar Pradesh Assembly election with polling in 58 Assembly constituencies spread across 11 districts, The Quint reported.

The voting has started at 7 am and is being held according to the Covid-19 guidelines issued by the Election Commission.

According to a news report, voting is taking place at 25,849 polling stations and is scheduled to continue till 6 pm.

Eleven districts that are going to the polls are Shamli, Meerut, Hapur, Muzaffarnagar, Baghpat, Ghaziabad, Bulandshahar, Aligarh, Agra, Gautam Buddha Nagar, and Mathura.

As many as 623 candidates, including 73 women candidates, are in the fray and around 2.27 crore people are eligible to vote in the first phase.

Uttar Pradesh, home to around 20 crore people, is scheduled to vote in seven phases ending on March 7 and the counting of votes will begin on March 10.

In 2017, the BJP bagged 53 of the 58 seats, while the Samajwadi Party and the BSP had got two seats each.

One seat had gone to the Rashtriya Lok Dal.

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