UP Elections 2017: Akhilesh Yadav, Rahul Gandhi may be friends, but this SP candidate has moved EC against Congress

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New Delhi | Updated: February 16, 2017 4:54:53 PM

The fissure is visible in Tulsipur assembly constituency of district Balrampur as both Congress and Samajwadi Party have fielded their respective candidates for the Uttar Pradesh Assembly Elections 2017.

Instances of infighting in Congress-Samajwadi Party alliance today came to the fore once again. Instances of infighting in Congress-Samajwadi Party alliance today came to the fore once again.

Instances of infighting in Congress-Samajwadi Party alliance today came to the fore once again. The fissure is visible in Tulsipur assembly constituency of Balrampur district as both Congress and Samajwadi Party have fielded their respective candidates for the Uttar Pradesh Assembly Elections 2017. According to a ETV UP/UK report, incumbent MLA of SP Abdul Mashood Khan Masood has lodged a complaint with the Election Commission against Congress candidate Zeba Rizwan. In the complaint, he has alleged that Rizwan is using SP flags as well as Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav’s photo during campaign. Notably, polling will be held in Tulsipur during the fifth phase of elections in the state on February 27.

Prior to the elections, there were numerous occasions when top brass of Congress and SP denied inking any kind of electoral understanding. After a number of hectic parleys, both the parties had manged to resolve the differences and form the alliance to take on BJP and Mayawati-led BSP.

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Political parties have already kick-started high-decibel campaigning for the third phase of polling for Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections 2017. 69 constituencies will go to polls in third phase of voting which will be held on February 19. 826 candidates are in the fray for this phase which is crucial for BJP, Congress-Samajwadi Party alliance and BSP. The other four phases will be held on February 23 and 27 and on March 4 and 8. Results will be out on March 11. The first phase of UP polls in 73 assembly seats in UP witnessed 64.22 per cent turnout on February 11 – an increase of nearly three per cent from the first phase turnout in the 2012 state Assembly polls. Meanwhile, an impressive turnout of over 65 per cent was recorded in 67 Assembly constituencies across 11 districts of western Uttar Pradesh, figuring in the second phase of the crucial state polls yesterday.

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Curtains will come down tomorrow on the hectic campaign in 69 Assembly seats spread over 12 districts of Uttar Pradesh that will go to polls in the third phase on February 19.

The districts are Farrukhabad, Hardoi, Kannauj, Mainpuri, Etawah, Auraiya, Kanpur Dehat, Kanpur, Unnao, Lucknow, Barabanki and Sitapur.

In the 2012 Assembly polls, SP had won 55 of these 69 seats, while BSP, BJP and Congress secured just 6, 5 and 2 respectively. One seat went to an Independent.

On the campaign trail, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has sought to puncture Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav’s “kaam bolta hai” slogan by stating it was the SP leader’s “karnama” (misdeed) which spoke for him.

While, Akhilesh questioned him on “acchey din” promise claiming that it was elusive. He said that after the turnout trend of first two phases, the blood pressure of opposition has shot up.

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