UP Polls 2022 6th Phase: Voting on 57 seats today; CM Adityanath, SP Maurya's fate to be decided

UP Polls 6th Phase will also be important as the fate of political heavyweights such as Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, Congress' Ajay Kumar Lallu and Samajwadi Party's Swami Prasad Maurya will be sealed in EVM's on Thursday.

By Talibuddin Khan
Updated: Thu, 03 Mar 2022 07:29 AM IST
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UP Polls 2022 6th Phase: Voting on 57 seats today; CM Adityanath, SP Maurya's fate to be decided
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Lucknow | Jagran News Desk: Five phases of the crucial Uttar Pradesh Assembly Elections 2022 have been completed and India's most populous state is ready for the sixth and second last phase of Assembly Elections 2022. The sixth phase of the UP Polls will take place on Thursday, February 3. The voting will take place on 57 seats spread across 10 districts. The voting will begin at 7 am in morning and will continue till 6 pm during which a total of over 2.14 crore voters will cast their votes.

The sixth phase of the UP Polls is one of the most important phases as the polling has now moved to the Purvanchal region of the state where 111 seats are up for grabs. Thursday's polls will also be important as the fate of political heavyweights such as Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, the Congress' Ajay Kumar Lallu and Samajwadi Party's Swami Prasad Maurya will be sealed in EVM's Thursday.

The districts where polling is to be held on Thursday are Ambedkarnagar, Balrampur, Siddharthnagar, Basti, Sant Kabir Nagar, Maharajganj, Gorakhpur, Kushinagar, Deoria and Ballia. These 57 assembly segments, of which 11 are reserved, are crucial for the BJP. In the 2017 assembly polls, it had won 46 of these seats.

Among the 676 candidates in the fray this time are Yogi Adityanath from Gorakhpur Urban fighting his first assembly polls, state Congress president Lallu from Tamkuhi Raj seat and Swami Prasad Maurya, who quit as BJP minister to join the Samajwadi Party, from Fazilnagar. The Samajwadi Party has pitted the wife of late Upendra Dutt Shukla, a former BJP leader, against Adityanath. Azad Samaj Party founder Chandrashekhar Azad is also a contesting against the chief minister.

Leader of Opposition in the outgoing assembly and Samajwadi Party leader Ram Govind Chaudhary is contesting from Bansdih. Many incumbent ministers' electoral fate will also be decided in this phase. They include Surya Pratap Shahi trying his luck from Pathardeva seat, Satish Chandra Dwivedi from Itwa, Jai Pratap Singh from Bansi, Shree Ram Chauhan from Khajani and Jai Prakash Nishad from Rudrapur.

Surendra Singh, the incumbent MLA from Bairia in Ballia, who joined the Vikassheel Insaan Party (VIP), a new entrant in Uttar Pradesh electoral politics, will face the electorate in this phase. He had crossed over to the VIP after being denied a ticket by the BJP.

The campaigning in this phase witnessed the political parties go on an all-out attack on each other. Prime Minister Narendra Modi had attacked the BJP's rivals by tagging them as 'ghor pariwarvadi' (staunch dynasts) who, he claimed, can never make India capable or Uttar Pradesh empowered.

Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi rebutted by saying the BJP was only against her family, which has not bowed down to the saffron party. Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav had accused the BJP of hatching a conspiracy of ending reservation and "selling" government organisations to the private sector.


(With Agency Inputs)

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