Union minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi’s 115-year-old maternal grandfather, Zurriyat Hussain Kazmi, cast his vote in Bareilly during the second phase of Uttar Pradesh Assembly Elections 2017. Kazmi was carried by relatives to the polling booth. His decision to come out to vote sent the message of the importance of voting and also inspired those who often stay away from polling. Earlier in the day, Naqvi himself stood in the queue with common people in Rampur to cast vote for his favourite candidate.
Apart from Naqvi, Urdu poet Wasim Barelvi cast his vote at polling booth no. 24 in Bareilly with his wife. In Bareilly, Union Minister of State (Finance) Santosh Gangwar casts his vote at polling booth no. 60 in Bareilly with wife Saubhagya Gangwar. Former Union minister Jitin Prasada cast his vote at polling booth no. 162 at Shahjahanpur, Dr. Sudama Prasad Bal Vidya Mandir.
Until 11 am, 24.14% polling was recorded in the state where voting is underway for 67 Assembly seats. Earlier in the day, voters had to face inconvenience in Moradabad and stand in queue for over an hour due to a fault in voting machines.
Polling began this morning in 67 Assembly constituencies spread over 11 districts of western Uttar Pradesh figuring in the second phase of voting. The districts where polling is on amid tight security arrangements are Saharanpur, Bijnor, Moradabad, Sambhal, Rampur, Bareilly, Amroha, Pilibhit, Kheri, Shahjahanpur and Badaun. Official sources said here that elaborate arrangements have been made for free and fair polling. Of the 67 seats at stake, ruling Samajwadi Party had won 34 in 2012, followed by BSP 18, BJP 10, Congress three and others two.
In this phase, 720 candidates are in the fray with a maximum of 22 from Barhapur (Bijnor) and a minimum of four nominees from Dhanaura (Amroha).