52% of 1.29 crore electorate cast votes in second phase
Amid reports of sporadic incidents of violence and protest over names missing from electoral rolls, an estimated 52 per cent of the total 1.29 crore electorate cast their votes in the second phase of urban local body elections in 25 districts of Uttar Pradesh on Sunday.
The State Election commissioner SK Agarwal said here on Sunday that an estimated 52 percent polling was recorded in 25 districts which went to polls on Sunday. “The poll percentage could marginally rise as in several voters were still in the queue when the polling ended at 5 pm and the data was being compiled. The polling in the second phase was by and large peaceful’’, said Agarwal.
Stray incidents of violence were reported from several places following clash over fraudulent voting and names missing from voters’ list. Several people were also arrested on various charges. Polling was held for 3,601 wards in 189 local bodies in which fate of 24,638 candidates were sealed in the EVMs and ballot boxes. While the polling for the Nagar Nigams was held through EVMs, for the other two local bodies –nagar palika parishad and nagar panchyat were done through traditional ballot papers.
In the second phase of polling, election was held in Muzaffarnagar, Ghaziabad, Gautam Buddha Nagar, Amroha, Rampur, Pilibhit, Shahjahanpur, Aligarh, Mathura, Mainpuri, Farrukhabad, Etawah, Lalitpur, Banda, Allahabad, Lucknow, Sultanpur, Ambedkarnagar, Bahraich, Shravasti, Sant Kabirnagar, Deoria, Ballia, Varanasi and Bhadoi.
However till 1200 hrs, the official voting figure was 21.98 per cent with Allahabad recording the lowest of 11.74 per cent and Shravasti district the highest of 35.46 per cent. In Lucknow, polling percentage till noon was 14.99 per cent and in Varanasi 19.8 per cent. Re-polling in one booth (booth 72) of Badaun, where polling was held in the first phase was also held on Sunday.
Interestingly, in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Lok Sabha constituency Varanasi, the name of Virbhadra Nishad was missing from the voters’ list. Nishad was one of the persons who signed as proposer in Modi’s nomination papers in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections.
In Ghaziabad the name of former election commissioner GVG Krishnamurti, too, was missing from the voters’ list. In Lucknow the name of Lucknow MLA and Minister Rita Bahuguna Joshi along with former mayor Daauji Gupta's were also missing from the voters list. In Aligarh names of Rashtriya Lok Dal’s mayoral candidate Pratik Choudhury’s family members were missing from the rolls.
In Mathura, irate people disrupted polling at booth 40 under Highway police station after names of hundreds of people were found missing. In Shravasti district the name of sitting SP MLA Aslam Rayani and his family members were missing from the voters list. The MLA representing Bhinga assembly seat, later lodged complaint with the district Magistrate.
Sporadic incidents of violence were reported from different parts of the State. In Shahjahanpur, three youths opened fire in the air outside a booth at Takshishila school. Three women were also detained from the same booth for fraudulent voting.
In communally-sensitive Muzaffarnagar, supporters of Samajwadi Party and Bahujan Samaj Party clashed in the city outside polling booth 1 in Malhuapur. BSP leader Parvez’s supporters allegedly threatened the supporters of SP leader Sajid Hasan, which led to the clash. The police, however, brought the situation under control. In Sant Kabir Nagar, clash took place between BJP candidate Banwari Lal and the independent Pappu Sahi contesting for the Hariharpur Nagar panchayat under Mahuli police station. Later, police arrested Pappu Sahi.
In Etawah district, SP candidate Nanhe Thakur was detained by police after he allegedly threatened some voters.
The candidate was contesting from Ward number 11 and the incident occurred at a booth in Katra Balsingh.
In Aligarh, people from two communities clashed over fraudulent voting. The incident occurred under Sasnigate area in Jaiganj locality where a large contingent of police was deployed to control the situation. In Allahabad, 10 people were detained for using fake identity card to vote in Meja Tehsil for Sirsa nagar panchayat.
In Deoria, three youths were taken into custody when they were caught using fake Aadhaar card to enroll as polling agents at two booths in nagar palika, while in Ghaziabad, five youths were detained in Vasundhara wards 36,74 and 54 for fraudulent voting. In Ghaziabad too, six bouncers, hailing from Delhi and Haryana were taken in custody after they threatened voters at Modern Academy booth in Indirapuram locality.
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