Here are the live updates of the Uttar Pradesh Assembly Elections 2017 Phase 7 polling:
6:47 pm: 60.03 per cent turnout in 7th and last phase of Uttar Pradesh Assembly polls, says CEO T Venkatesh.
4:45 pm: “Around 56 per cent votes were polled till 4 PM. The polling is going on peacefully,” according to the office of the UP Chief Electoral Officer.
4:42 pm: Assembly constituencies in Varanasi saw 45 per cent polling while the Naxal-hit Mirzapur had 47.50 per cent polling till 4 PM, it said.
4:15 pm: 51.69 per cent voter turn out recorded till 3 pm in the seventh and last phase of UP elections.
2:34 pm: “Over 41 per cent votes were polled till 2 pm. The polling is going on peacefully,” office of UP Chief Electoral Officer said.
2:32 pm: PM’s constituency saw 37.88 per cent polling while naxal infested Mirzapur had 42.50 per cent polling till 2 PM, it said.
12:58 pm: “Over 26 per cent votes were polled till 12 noon. The polling is going on peacefully,” office of UP Chief Electoral Officer said.
12:56 pm: PM’s constituency saw 23.76 per cent polling while naxal infested Mirzapur had 26.63 per cent polling till 11 AM, they said.
12:30 pm: Farmers are boycotting voting at polling booth number 283 in Chunar assembly segment of Mirzapur district alleging lack of irrigation facilities and development.
12:20 pm: RSS’s Indresh Kumar casts his vote at polling booth number 49 of Varanasi Cantt.
12:00 pm: Voter turnout of 22.84 per cent recorded till 11 am.
10:37 am: BJP leader Murli Manohar Joshi casts his vote at booth number 76 of Varanasi North assembly constituency.
10:36 am: Special arrangements for women at polling booth no 394 in Aurai (Bhadohi).
10:16 am: 65-year old woman dies before casting her vote at polling booth number 357 of Mughalsarai assembly constituency in Chandauli.
10:02 am: 10.43 per cent voter turnout recorded till 9 am.
9:58 AM: Apna Dal leader and Union Minister Anupriya Patel casts her vote at polling booth no. 335 of Mirzapur, says “we will win all 40 seats”.
8:55 am: Congress leader Ajai Rai casts his vote at polling booth no. 389 of Varanasi South, says “7th phase is going to vote against ‘Jumlebaazi'”
8:20 am: Voting begins at booths. 269 & 260 in Chandauli (Sakaldiha Assembly constituency) after one hour, technical glitch rectified.
8:05 am: People queue up at polling booth no. 68 in Varanasi North; BJP’s Ravindra Jaiswal, BSP’s Sujit Kumar Maurya contesting from the seat
7:45 am: Voting has not begun at polling booth number 240 in Mirzapur due to technical glitch in the Electronic Voting Machine.
7:35 am: Check out PM Modi’s tweet
उत्तर प्रदेश में आज आखिरी चरण का मतदान है। मेरा निवेदन है कि आप अपना कीमती वोट अवश्य दें। पहले मतदान, फिर जलपान!
7:33 am: People cast their vote at polling booth 378 in Mohammadabad, Mukhtar Ansari’s brother Sibakatullah contesting from the seat as BSP candidate.
7:26 am: Voters queue up at polling booths 176,177,178 in Mirzapur to cast their vote.
7:00 am: Voting has begun in 40 seats.
Uttar Pradesh is voting today in the seventh and last phase of Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections. As many as 40 Assembly seats are at stake in this phase of elections in eastern Uttar Pradesh, which also includes Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Parliamentary constituency Varanasi. A heated campaign for the final phase of the UP assembly elections end at 5 p.m. on Monday. This brought to an end one of the most bitterly-fought political battles ever seen in recent times in India. The districts where polls will take place today include Ghazipur, Varanasi, Chandauli, Mirzapur, Bhadohi, Sonebhadra and Jaunpur.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who was in his parliamentary constituency Varanasi, went to the Gadwaghat Aashram, venerated by millions from the Yadav community, on Monday. He also visited the ancestral home of the late Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri at Ramnagar to pay homage to him. Later, Modi addressed a rally at Khushipur in Rohaniya area and urged people to boot out the Samajwadi Party (SP), the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) and the Congress and vote for his Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
Meanwhile, for the SP-Congress alliance, UP Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav addressed seven back-to-back rallies in Poorvanchal on the day. He accused Modi of “misleading the people of UP”, while Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi addressed a rally at Jaunpur where he called Modi an “aging leader” and asked people to vote for young leaders.