UP Assembly elections, 3rd phase: Litmus test for Akhilesh Yadav; 6 things to know

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New Delhi | Updated: Feb 18, 2017 5:04 PM

There are 1.31 crore men, 1.10 crore women and 1,026 voters from the third gender who will exercise their franchise on February 19,

akhilesh yadav, third phase of assembly elections, assembly elections third phase, third phase uttar pradesh assembly elections, 3rd phase of up assembly electionsIn 2012, Samajwadi Party had won 55 out of these 69 seats. (Source: IE)

In a crucial third phase of Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections, 2.41 crore voters will vote to decide the fate of 826 candidates, in fray for 69 seats. The third phase will witness a battle of many political heavyweights in the state. In 2012, Samajwadi Party had won 55 out of these 69 seats. In Akhilesh’s hometown Etawah, there are 21 candidates who are in fray for a single seat, making it an interesting battle. Let’s have a look at 10 interesting facts on third phase of Assembly Elections:

1) A total of 2.41 crore elegible voters, which way more than the total voting population many state in country, will  decide the fate of 826 candidates. Out of total 2.41 crore voters, there are 1.31 crore men, 1.10 crore women and 1,026 voters from the third gender who will exercise their franchise.

2) A whopping 16,671 polling centres and 25,603 polling stations will be functional in this phase. The polling will be done in on 69 seats across12 districts of Uttar Pradesh.

3) The 12 districts where polling is scheduled to begin at 7 a.m. are Farrukhabad, Mainpuri, Etawah, Hardoi, Kannauj, Kanpur rural, Kanpur city, Unnao, Lucknow, Barabanki, Auraiyya and Sitapur.

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4) Battle of heavyweights: Prominent personalities whose fate would be decided in this phase include Ministers Arvind Singh ‘Gop’, Fareed Mehfooz Kidwai, Vijay Bahadur Pal, Abhishek Mishra, Nitin Agarwal, Narendra Verma, Rajeev Kumar Singh and former Minister Shivpal Singh Yadav.

5) Litmus test for Akhilesh Yadav: In 2012, Samajwadi Party had won 55 of these 69 seats in the 2012 assembly polls. The contest in this phase will be a litmus test for Akhilesh Yadav-led SP with new faces.

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6) Most/least number of candidates: CM Akhilesh Yadav’s bastion will see maximum 21 candidates in fray. While the least number is in Haidergarh (3) assembly constituency of Barabanki, neighbouring the state capital of Lucknow. Lucknow Central and Lucknow West have 17 candidates each, while Farrukhabad and Bhojpur have 20 each.

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