The Election Commission in its press conference on Saturday said that the total tentative turnout in the first phase of UP election was over 60%. The Commission also said that for the first phase, webcasting was done in 2857 places and 3888 digital and video cameras were used. Action was taken against 2,96,906 troublemakers. In a statement the Commission said, “2,96,906 troublemakers were identified & preventive actions were taken against them in first phase of UP elections.”
The Commission said that liquor, drugs and precious metal worth crores were seized. Rs 19.56 cr cash, 4.44 lakh litre of liquor worth Rs 14 cr, drug worth Rs 96.93 lakh, gold & silver worth Rs 14 crore were seized in the first phase.
EC said cases of 13 paid news were identified out of which 10 were confirmed in the first phase.
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The campaign for the first phase which ended on Thursday, witnessed active participation of star campaigners of all competing parties. While Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah led the campaign for the saffron party, SP-Congress alliance’s poll battle was boosted jointly by Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav and Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi.
Bahujan Samaj Party supremo Mayawati was also not on the back foot against the competition, even as analysts predicted poor results for her party. Recent election surveys couldn’t predict a clear winner in the elections. Though, most of them projected Akhilesh Yadav as the favourite CM candidate. BJP, though had a slight edge over other parties in terms of the number seats it may win.
During the first phase of the election, technical glitches were reported in the first hour following which they were attended to on priority basis. Long queues were seen in places like Mathura, Agra, Muzaffarnagar, Meerut (City), Sardhana, Shamli and Noida. The second phase of Uttar Pradesh polls is due on February 15.