UP Nagar Nigam election, civic polls Live Updates: Voting for the first phase of local body elections in Uttar Pradesh has begun. Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath also reached a polling station in Gorakhnath and cast his vote. Urban local body polls in 24 districts including Shamli, Meerut, Hapur, Bijnore, Badaun, Hathras, Kasganj, Agra, Kanpur, Jalaun, Hamirpur, Chitrakoot, Kaushambi, Pratapgarh, Unnao, Hardoi, Amethi, Faizabad, Gonda, Basti, Gorakhpur, Azamgarh, Ghazipur and Sonebhadra districts are going on polls today. The other two phases for 25 districts and 26 districts will take place on November 26 and November 29 respectively. The civic body polls have become the first test of CM Yogi Adityanath’s popularity, eight months after he took charge of the office. The polls are also important for the ruling BJP as the results will be announced on December 1, eight days before the phase 1 of assembly elections in Gujarat. A win for the saffron party in UP will give it a lot of talking points in Gujarat.
The sixteen Nagar Nigams for which elections will take place in three phases are: Aligarh Municipal Corporation, Agra Municipal Corporation, Allahabad Municipal Corporation, Ayodhya Municipal Corporation, Mathura-Vrindavan Municipal Corporation, Jhansi Municipal Corporation, Kanpur Municipal Corporation, Lucknow Municipal Corporation, Varanasi Municipal Corporation, Unnao Municipal Corporation, Meerut Municipal Corporation, Ghaziabad Municipal Corporation, Bareilly Municipal Corporation, Gorakhpur Municipal Corporation, Saharanpur Municipal Corporation, Moradabad Municipal Corporation.
Here are Live Updates of UP Nagar Nigam/ Civic polls:
3:05 pm: Earlier in the day, BJP MP from Unnao Sakshi Maharaj raises objections with district magistrate after his name was not found in the voting list; DM has ordered an inquiry into the matter, as per India Today report.
2:40 pm: 24% polling till 12 pm in 24 districts of Uttar Pradesh in local body elections first phase.
2:09 pm: Kanpur records 31 percent polling; 23 percent votes cast in Gorakhpur till 1 pm according to Firstpost.
1:10 pm: Candidates have been found sending gifts like football, brass utensils to voters according to The Indian Express. Some mayoral nominees have been found sending gifts to voters through online portals in Jhansi.
1:00 pm: 17 percent voting in Bijnor till 12 pm as per Firstpost.
12:52 pm: Hardoi: Police accused of trying to influence voters; SP leader raises the issue with DM, Superintendent of police (SP). Polling agents also nabbed with Rs 50000.
12:42 pm: Agra: Scuffle between BJP and SP supporters. Police resorts to lathicharge.
12:30 pm: According to Firstpost; 27.3 percent voting in Bahsuma, 31 percent in Phalavada, and 21.1 percent voting in Hastinapur was recorded in Meerut district till 11.30 am.
12:10 pm: 16% voting recorded in Meerut till 12 pm as per Firstpost reports.
12:05 pm: Meerut: Additional State Election Commissioner Ved Prakash Verma says that allegations regarding EVM tampering are false according to Firstpost.
11:51 am: Police resorts to lathicharge at polling booth in Meerut’s Khewai after a scuffle between two sides.
11:35 am: Ruckus at polling booth in Meerut. Voters complain, say EVMs casting votes only for BJP.
9:46 am: Voting resumes in Mani Ram Bagia Ward number 104’s three booths were there was technical glitch in EVMs.
9:41 am: Technical glitch in EVMs of three booths in Mani Ram Bagia Ward number 104 in Kanpur
8:30 am: In the first phase, polling is being held for five municipal corporations, 71 ‘nagar palika parishads’ and 154 ‘nagar panchayats’.
8:05 am: Yogi Adityanath says people are supporting BJP in UP. UP CM confident of sweeping polls in Uttar Pradesh. Adityanath casts votes in Gorakhpur.
8:03 am: Voting underway for the first phase of local body election in #UttarPradesh.
7:52 am: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath arrives at a polling station in #Gorakhpur to cast his vote, in the first phase of local body election.
7:49 am: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath offered prayers at Gorakhnath temple in #Gorakhpur, earlier today
7:45 am: Voting underway for the first phase of local body election in #UttarPradesh.
7:42 am: One crore 9 lakh people to cast votes. Polling in 154 civic bodies today.
7: 36 am: Voting begins for the first phase of local body election in #UttarPradesh; Polling to be held in 3 Phases, results on 1st December.
7:33 am: Yogi Adityanath performs puja at Gorakhnath temple today.
7:21 am: Voting to begin at 7:30 AM for the first phase of local body election in #UttarPradesh; Polling to be held in 3 Phases, results on 1st December.
7:15 am: Uttar Pradesh gears up for civic polls; polling to begin shortly. Voting would be held from 7 am to 5 pm amid tight security in phase one of the elections.
7:05 am: 24 districts will undergo local body election. BJP will win comfortably in view of the work done & decisions made the party. Previous parties had handicapped local bodies, we are making efforts to bring them back on track.: UP CM Yogi Adityanath
7:00 am: Ahead of the civic polls, UP CM Yogi Adityanath addresses rally at Maharana Pratap Inter College in Gorakhpur.
6:57 am: The Aam Aadmi Party said Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath needs to go to the Himalayas and do penance for the death of scores of children in a state-run hospital in Gorakhpur.
6:55 am: UP CM Yogi Adityanath warns officials against laxity in the implementation of welfare schemes. He said that properties of those cheating the poor would be seized and they would be given compulsory retirement.
6:53 am: BJP’s mayoral candidate Sitaram Jaiswal says he wants to develop the city as a role model for other municipal corporations.
6:50 am: In Gorakhpur – the bastion of Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath – BJP’s mayoral candidate Sitaram Jaiswal has accorded topmost priority to constructing “pink toilets” for women.