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. A pro-SP voting today will play an important role in the return of Akhilesh government. However, this is not going to be easy for the CM who has recently branded himself as a “Vikas Purush” (development man) in the state. There are several reasons for this.
First, the Samajwadi Party’s family feud for power is far from over. Akhilesh himself was seen campaigning against his uncle and SP candidate Shivpal Yadav two days ago. He had asked people in Itawah to teach a lesson to those who tried to betray him. He was referring to Shivpal, without naming him directly. Interestingly, Shivpal is contesting from Jaswantnagar seat that hosts village Saifai — the place of origin of the Yadav clan. It was probably unprecedented in the country when a CM was seen canvassing against his own party candidate. Second, the opposition BJP and BSP have left no stone unturned to break into the Yadav stronghold.
The BJP’s strategy so far has been to rope in non-Yadav voters in the region, while Mayawati has invested her party’s energy in winning the Muslim voters from SP, which recently allied with the Congress.
Here are the live updates of the Uttar Pradesh Assembly Elections 2017 Phase 3 Polling:
09:10 pm: A record amount of Rs 38.40 crore cash and 2.04 lakh litres of liquor worth about Rs 5.72 crore had been seized from the areas where the third phase of the assembly elections were conducted.
09:05 pm: As the seven-phase election continues in the state, over Rs 110 crore cash and 18.68 lakh litres of liquor worth a few crores had been seized in UP.
08:40 pm: The Election Commission (EC) officials, however, said the voting percentage may have topped 63 per cent by the end.
07:45 pm: My mother has love & affection for entire family. I condemn the controversy which was created by dragging her name. There were differences only in the party & not inside our family: Prateek Yadav
07:40 pm: Polling boycotted in booth-111&112 in Auraiya because of developmental issues. 6 votes cast in Rasulabad,1 in Bhognipur of Kanpur Dehat: Eelection Commision.
07:00 pm: Third phase of the assembly elections ends; polling mostly peaceful across the state.
6:03 PM: 61.16% voter turnout reported till 5 pm.
4:12 PM: BJP will give interest-free loans to farmers in UP just like I have done in MP, says Shivraj Singh Chauhan CM MP at an election rally in Jaunpur.
3:50 PM: 53% voter turnout in the third phase of #UttarPradeshElection2017 till 3pm.
2:56 PM: PM talks about blood pressure, once election results are out all BJP leader will have to get their blood pressure checked: Akhilesh Yadav.
2:44 PM: Want to tell BJP that it is not the alliance of two families but of two young politicians to bring about change, says Akhilesh Yadav at a rally in Jhansi.
2:20 PM: Those who want to bring honesty back in the state, should vote for BJP, he says.
2:19 PM: The root of the corruption problem are senior officials sitting in government offices, he says.
2:16 PM: Some people are still upset after demonetisation. I took the step to fight against corruption, he says
2:15: Some powerful people are angry with me, as I am working for people of the country, who will ask me from them? he asks.
2:14 PM: People of the country are my “high command”, says PM.
2:12 PM: People should get electricity during every Holi and Eid. There should not be any difference in terms of religion, he says.
2:10 PM: Narendra Modi says everyone should get justice, invokes ‘sabka saath, sabka vikas’ slogan.
2:08 PM: Youth of state should get jobs. Currently they have to pay bribes for jobs, which has to be stopped, he says.
2:06 PM: During Congress rule cost of LED bulb was costly, which we reduced after coming to power in the state, he says.
2:04: After coming to power, the NDA Government had helped to provide more urea to farmers, says PM Narendra Modi.
2:03 PM: I know the pain of the poor family. Have taken pledged to provide gas connections for poors of the country, free of costs. We have shown that even poor of country has right for gas cylinders, he says.
2:01 PM: Had requested the rich people to leave subsidy in their gas cylinders, which most of them agreed. I salute them, he says
1:58 PM: Lal Bahadur Shastri had requested the people not to eat once a week, which countrymem agreed, this is the power of our people, he says.
1:56 PM: If BJP comes to power, it will loan of to all small farmers will be waived, he says
1:54 PM: Help BJP to come to power in state with huge votes, he says.
1:53 PM: Goonda raj continues to exist in the villages openly, says PM.
1:52 PM: State needs a government, which gives guarantee of security to its people, says PM Narendra Modi at the rally.
1:51: Injustices have increased against Dalits in the state, he says
1:50 PM: Law and order has to be brought back in Uttar Pradesh, he says. If the state has no law and order, then , how can people from other places come and invest in the state, he asks.
1:48 PM: In fact, Akhilesh Yadav started his poll campaign with Gayatri Prajapati in a rally, he says
1:46 PM: To file FIR against Gayatri Prajapati, Supreme court had to interfere, says PM Modi. Leaders of SP have been accused of rapes and molestation. Is this the work SP Gpvernment has done in the state?, he asks.
1:45 PM: People no more believe in Samajwadi Party after it has entered into alliance with Congress, which had ruined the country in last 70 years. In the state police stations have become offices of SP, he says
1:38 PM: PM Modi takes a dig at Akhilesh Yadav. Says he is not confident of forming government after polls.
1:36 PM: Deshwasi ‘Seva ji’ ban sakte hain aur Sivaji Maharaj ka sapna seva ke madyam se pura kar sakte hain: PM Modi in Fatehpur
1:35: Electorates are voting with new hopes in the state. BJP will not only come to power, but will also develop the state, says PM Modi.
1:34 PM:Uttar Pradesh should go on path development rather than bein in ‘vanvaas’, he says
1:33 PM: This land has given poet Sohan lal to the country.
1:32 PM: Today is the birth anniversary of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj; I pay tribute to him: PM Modi in Fatehpur
1:31 PM: People of country still regrets that Sardar Vallabhbhai Parel is not country’s first prime minister, he says.
1:30 PM: Ek zile ki nahi, agar ek rajya ki rally bhi karengey phir bhi log kahenge kitni badi rally hai: PM Modi while addressing crowd
1:20 PM: PM Narendra Modi expresses happiness at huge attendance in Fatehpur rally
1:10 PM: Navneet Sehgal, Principal Secretary,UP Govt casts his vote with his wife in Lucknow.
12:45 PM: Dimple Yadav casts her vote in Saifai, says, let’s be progressive and think about the future.
12:18 PM: Developmental work has been done in UP and Akhilesh will once again be the CM: Mulayam Singh Yadav
12:15 PM: 100-year-old Kaniz Fatima casts her vote at a polling booth in Sitapur.
12:04 PM: Mulayam Singh Yadav casts his vote in Saifai. He was accompanied by daughter-in-law Aparna Yadav at the polling booth in Saifai.
11:45 AM: 24.19% voter turnout in third phase of UP Elections till 11 am
11:31 AM: Union Minister and senior BJP leader Kalraj Mishra casts his vote at Ganna Sansthan booth in Lucknow.
11:24 AM: 26.6% voting reported in Kannauj, 29% in Sitapur and 20.68% in Kanpur till 11 AM
11:12 AM: District Magistrate Kaushal Raj Sharma casts his vote at booth no. 27 in Kanpur.
10:52 AM: Union Minister and BJP leader Uma Bharti casts her vote at booth no 149 in Lucknow.
10:40 AM: Senior Congress leader and former Union Minister Sriprakash Jaiswal casts his vote at booth no. 111 in Kanpur.
10:15 AM: There is a BJP wave in Uttar Pradesh, BSP and SP are fighting for 2nd and third place: Pankaj Singh,BJP after casting vote in Lucknow.
10:08 AM: Will retain power in Uttar Pradesh, says Akhilesh Yadav
10:05 AM: Akhilesh Yadav arrives to cast his vote in Saifai.
9:56 AM: Not only clear majority, BJP is winning by absolute majority in Uttar Pradesh: HM Rajnath Singh after casting vote in Lucknow
09: 52 AM: Stones pelted at Shivpal Yadav’s car in Etawah’s Jaswantnagar.
09:45 AM: Chief Electoral Officer of Uttar Pradesh T Venkatesh casted his vote in Lucknow.
09:30 AM: Overall 12% voting in third phase of polling in Uttar Pradesh till 9 am, reported news agency ANI.
09:20 AM: Voting percentage till 9 have remained 7.71% in Kanpur Nagar, 11.65% in Kannauj and 11% in Sitapur, according to news agency ANI.
09:15 AM: After casting her vote, Mayawati told media that her party will make the government in the state with a majority. Like in the first two phases, in the third phase also BSP will be no.1, said Mayawati.
08:35 AM: BJP’s Rita Bahuguna Joshi said the “emotion appeal” of Mulayam Singh Yadav points to the fact that Aparna Yadav is losing. She is contesting against Samajwadi Party’s Aparna Yadav from Lucknow Cantt constituency.
08:50 AM: BSP supremo Mayawati reached a polling booth in Lucknow to cast her vote.
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08:20 AM: BJP Spokesperson Sudhanshu Trivedi casted his vote in a polling booth in Sherwood Academy in state capital Lucknow.
08:00 AM: Samajwadi Party leader Ram Gopal Yadav said there is no fighting at all as far as voting is concerned. Ram Gopal added that the party is winning more than 300 seats in the state while talking to media after casting his vote in Saifai.
07:55 AM: UP CM Akhilesh Yadav asked voters to cast their votes to maintain the growth and development of the state.
07:45 AM: Samajwadi Party candidate Nitin Agarwaal had to wait in Hardoi to cast his vote as EVM machine in booth number 198 was not working. Nitin Agarwaal is a minister in state government and is contesting against Dharamveer Singh of BSP and Raja Bux Singh of BJP.
उत्तर प्रदेश के विकास के लिए भारी संख्या में मतदान करें । प्रदेश की विकास कि गति बनाए रखने के लिए अपना वोट ज़रूर करें
— Akhilesh Yadav (@yadavakhilesh) February 19, 2017
07:35 AM: Abhay Ram Yadav, brother of Mulayam Singh Yadav, seemed confident on the victory of Samajwadi Party-Congress alliance in UP. After casting his vote in Saifai, Abhay Ram told media “everything is fine in the family” and they “are again making government” in the state.
07:25 AM: In a tweet, Prime Minister Narendra Modi asked voters to participate in the third phase of UP elections and cast their votes.
उत्तर प्रदेश में आज तीसरे चरण का मतदान है।मेरा अनुरोध है कि सभी मतदाता लोकतंत्र के इस उत्सव में हिस्सा लें और भारी मतदान करें।
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) February 19, 2017
07:15 AM: Voting underway at a polling booth in Sultanul Madaris school in Old Lucknow.