Lucknow, Oct 21: Bypolls are being held for 11 assembly constituencies across Uttar Pradesh amid tight security. Besides BJP, which is a ruling party in the state, the Opposition parties : Congress, Samajwadi Party and Mayawati’s BSP all are contesting from all 11 seats across Uttar Pradesh.
The average polling percentage at 9 a.m. was 8.4, according to the Chief Electoral Officer (CEC).The Lucknow Cantt seat recorded a polling percentage of 3.7 till 9 a.m. while the Govind Nagar seat in Kanpur witnessed 5 per cent voting in the first two hours.Bahraich and Ghosi saw brisk polling with each recording a 10 per cent voter turnout.Jalalpur recorded a 10 per cent voting, while Zaidpur in Barabanki saw 9 per cent turnout.Polling was by and large peaceful though EVM glitches were reported from some constituencies.
Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav held just one election rally in the Rampur assembly constituency. Mayawati has not campaigned while Congress under a new state party chief in Ajay Kumar Lallu has been on a door to door campaign and Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra has been taking on PM Narendra Modi and chief minister Yogi Adityanath on farmers suicides, unemployment and many other state issues.
While eight of the seats were held by the BJP and one by its Apna Dal ally, the Samajwadi Party and the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) had one each.
The Uttar Pradesh police have filed as many as 84 criminal cases against Azam Khan’s family on charges ranging from land grab to theft over the last few months.
The political fortunes of 109 candidates will be decided in the bypolls to the assembly seats of Gangoh, Rampur, Iglas (SC), Lucknow Cantonment, Govindnagar, Manikpur, Pratapgarh, Zaidpur (SC), Jalalpur, Balha (SC) and Ghosi.
The bypolls in Uttar Pradesh were necessitated after a number of MLAs moved to the Lok Sabha by emerging victorious in the general elections earlier this year.