From Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav to Home Minister Rajnath Singh, top leaders from Uttar Pradesh, on Sunday casted their votes in the third phase of UP elections and claimed that their parties will form the next government. Polling for the third phase of Uttar Pradesh Assembly Elections 2017 has started today. The voting today will be crucial for Samajwadi Party and its new president and UP Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav. Parties are contesting today for 69 seats in and around SP home turf including Itawah, Mainpuri and Kannauj districts. In the 2012 Assembly Elections, Akhilesh had managed to win 55 seats in the region. Here are the leaders who have voted so far:
In Saifai (Etawah), SP supremo Akhilesh Yadav too aired similar views for his party alliance after casting his vote. “People of the state have made up their mind in favour of SP-Congress alliance. “After the third phase half of the elections will be over. The way in which we took lead in first and second phase, the momentum will continue in later phases also,” he told reporters. On chances of sabotage in the party, Akhilesh said, “There are no chances of this as a large number of people are coming to vote. We will win more seats than we won in previous (2012) polls”. On chances of Mayawati’s BSP, he said, “Her language and behaviour show that she is not getting good response.” On uncle Shivpal Yadav, Akhilesh said, “I just want that all the SP candidates win.”
BSP supremo Mayawati, who cast her vote in Lucknow’s Mall Avenue area, claimed that her party is winning over 300 seats in the state and she is going to form the next government in UP. “Going by the trends of first two phases, I can say that BSP will take lead in this phase also and remain number one in other phases too. We are going to form the next government on our own and we are winning over 300 seats,” she said. “Like Congress and BJP, I am not talking this without any base. The way in which people are attending my rallies, I can say I am going to form the next government. The people of state want change and are fed up with misrule and ‘gundaraj’ of SP,” she added.
Home Minister Rajnath Singh, who casted his vote along with his family members, claimed that BJP was getting the majority. “I am sure that BJP is going to get absolute majority,” Singh said while appealing to people to come out in large numbers for voting.
With inputs from PTI