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Uttar Pradesh second round polls Saturday; 100 Muslims among 1098 in fray

Friday February 10, 2012 10:18:59 PM, Agencies

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Lucknow: The second round of the Uttar Pradesh assembly elections, whose outcome is bound to affect national politics, will take place Saturday. The elections involving 1.97 crore voters in 59 constituencies will decide the fate of over 1000 candidates including 100 Muslims of various parties.

With campaigning for the second of seven rounds ending Thursday evening, the Election Commission gave finishing touches to the arrangements for the 10-hour balloting.

Fifty-nine of the state's 403 assembly constituencies will go to the polls, against 55 in the first phase.

Saturday's constituencies are spread across nine districts -- Azamgarh, Gorakhpur, Ballia, Ghazipur, Maharajganj, Deoria, Mau, Sant Kabir Nagar and Kushinagar. Most of them are located along the Bihar border.


Saturday will see 20,426 polling stations and some 20,800 electronic voting machines (EVM).

"Since there are 32 constituencies with more than 16 candidates, an extra EVM has been installed in these places," said state chief electoral officer Umesh Sinha.

"We have made special arrangements on our website to facilitate easy location of polling stations," he said.

Informed sources said over 120,000 officials, including 55,000 paramilitary forces and 10,000 Provincial Armed Constabulary personnel, would be deployed Saturday.


The voters will decide the fate of 1,098 candidates in the second round. The staggered polling began Feb 8. Among them are 100 Muslim candidates who are fighting the elections representing Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), Congress, Samajwadi Party (SP) and others.


While SP has fielded eight Muslim candidates, BSP and Congress have given tickets to six and four Muslim candidates respectively. The Left parties have fielded five Muslim candidates. Rest are fighting on the tickets of other smaller parties and as independent.


Among the 100 Muslim candidates are five sitting MLAs including two Muslim female MLAs.


The first phase of elections in 55 constituencies polling for which was held on February 08 had 109 Muslim candidates in the fray. 

A high 62 percent voted in the first phase of the crucial battle for Uttar Pradesh involving primarily four actors -- the ruling Bahujan Samaj Party, Samajwadi Party, Bharatiya Janata Party and Congress.

Votes polled in Uttar Pradesh will be counted March 6 -- along with those of Goa, Uttarakhand, Manipur and Punjab.







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