While all parties claim they are positioned better than the rest, the key to their fortunes lie with the voters. And it will be known only on March 11.
Here are the updates on the second phase of Uttar Pradesh Assembly Elections 2017:
6.50 pm: UP Election Commissioner Vijay Dev says seized cash worth Rs 16.52 crores, 3.29 lakh litre liquor, 1.9 kg gold and drugs worth Rs. 1.16 crore.
6.35 pm: Around 65 per cent polling was recorded in the second phase of the Uttar Pradesh assembly elections on Wednesday, officials said. “Polling for the second phase in UP ended peacefully with around 65 per cent polling,” an election official said. Maximum voting was reported from Saharanpur and Lakhimpur Kheri.
5.20 pm: Nearly 60 per cent voting was recorded till 4 PM in the second phase polling in 67 Assembly constituencies across 11 districts of western Uttar Pradesh, reports PTI.
4.06 pm: Two youths have joined hands, so they will work for the youth. We have not come to make fake promise of Rs 15 lakh,” Rahul Gandhi takes dig a PM Modi in Barabanki.
3.40 pm: 54.27 percent voter turnout recorded till 3 pm in second phase of polling
3.15 pm: Pehle charan ki tarah dusre charan mein bhi BSP ko ek tarfa vote pada hai: Mayawati addressing a rally in Barabanki,UP
2:31 pm: Total 42.05 per cent voter turnout recorded till 1 pm.
PM Narendra Modi addressing a rally in Kannauj
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2:24 PM: Earlier bribes used to be taken for class III & IV jobs; We’ve done away with interview processes and this has put a check on corruption, says PM Modi.
2:16 pm: SP, BSP, Congress all are favouring each other in some way or the other in these elections, says PM Modi.
2:13 pm: Does Akhileshji even recall that Congress attacked Mulayam Singhji back in 1984? And he has allied with them only, says PM Modi.
2:10 pm: Mulayam Singh Yadav was shot at on March 4, 1984. Protests were held against Congress, says PM Modi.
2:05 pm: We are committed to welfare of farmers in UP. Our Govt would waive off loans of small farmers, if voted to power: PM Modi.
1:58 pm: PM Modi rakes up Rahul Gandhi’s ‘potato factory’ comment to take a jibe.
1:56 pm: Schools in Uttar Pradesh do not have teachers in adequate number; Is this the way to empower the poor of India?: PM Modi.
1:55 pm: I don’t own a single car but these people who call themselves socialists, have many expensive cars: PM Modi in Kannauj
1:54 pm: Where are the potato chips plants that were promised by Samajwadi Party, asks PM Modi.
1:52 pm: The government has reduced prices of coronary stents by up to 85 per cent, capping them at Rs 7,260 for bare metal ones and Rs 29,600, PM Modi says.
1:47 pm: Working for the poor, Dalits, marginalised and underprivileged is government’s first responsibility, says PM Narendra Modi.
1:45 pm: Uttar Pradesh government does not support poor people outside the castes it favours, claims PM Modi.
1:42 pm: Akhilesh Yadav government is anti-poor, says PM Narendra Modi.
1:40 pm: Post November 8 demonetisation, BJP won in Odisha, Chandigarh, Gujarat, Rajasthan, Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh elections, says PM Narendra Modi.
PM Modi on Odisha Panchayat elections
1:38 pm: I would like to thank people of Odisha for their unprecedented support during panchayat elections, says PM Modi.
1:35 pm: BJP was never strong in Odisha but the results of the local-level polls show the support for BJP is increasing across the state:
PM Modi on ISRO’s historic feat
1:32 pm: Our scientists have scored a century.
1:30 pm: PM Modi lauds ISRO’s historic achievement in Kannauj rally.
1:28 pm: People of Kannauj have decided to fulfill their promises which they did not in 2014, says PM Narendra Modi.
1:10 pm: Drone camera being used at a polling booth in Budaun for surveillance.
12:40 pm: 115-year-old Zurriyat Hussain Kazmi, maternal grandfather of Union Min Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, casts his vote in Bareilly.
12:05 pm: Watch this video
11:45 am: 24.14% voter turnout recorded till 11 am in the second phase of Uttar Pradesh elections.
11:35 am: The Election Commission has barred political parties and candidates from publishing advertisements in newspapers today and tomorrow without its approval. The EC has asked them to get the advertisements pre-certified from the Media Certification and Monitoring Committee at the state and district levels before their publication.
11:30 am: The poll body said the decision has been taken in view of past instances of advertisements of offending and misleading nature in print media on such occasions which vitiate the elections.
11:20 am: “The polling is going on peacefully at all polling stations. We are keeping an eye on it. The poll percentage is likely to increase as the day proceeds”, Uttar Pradesh Chief Electoral Officer T Venkatesh said.
11:17 am: 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).
10:25 am: Maximum voting was reported from Saharanpur and Bareilly at 11 per cent each, followed by Rampur (nine per cent) and Amroha (7.4 per cent).
10:23 am: Poll officials say they were “quite excited and hopeful” that the voter turnout would considerably improve than last time in 2012.In the last assembly elections in 2012, voting for the same seats had recorded 60 per cent polling, which is expected to increase, an EC official told IANS.
10:02 am: Union Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi standing in queue to cast his vote at polling booth number 303 in Rampur.
9:45 am: 10.75% voter turnout recorded in Uttar Pradesh till 9 AM.
9:30 am: MoS Finance Santosh Gangwar casts his vote at polling booth no. 60 in Bareilly with wife Saubhagya Gangwar
7:40 am: Voting process which had been halted at Badaun Sadar constituency’s S.K.Inter College-booth no. 183, now resumes.
7:25 am: Check out PM Modi’s tweet
उत्तर प्रदेश में आज दूसरे चरण का मतदान है। मेरी विनती है कि सभी मतदाता लोकतंत्र के इस पावन उत्सव में भाग लें और भारी संख्या में मतदान करें।
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) February 15, 2017
7:00 am: Polling begins.
6:53 AM: Security arrangements in place at a polling booth in Moradabad as 67 assembly constituencies will to go polls today.
The second phase of polling for Uttar Pradesh Assembly Elections 2017 has started today after high-pitched campaigns by competing parties. There are 67 out of 403 Assembly seats up for grabs in the western part of the state in this phase. While Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP President Amit Shah led the campaign for the BJP, UP Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav and Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi led the campaign for newly formed SP-Congress alliance. The duo countered PM Modi’s every claim against the sitting Samajwadi Party government in the state and also questioned his many policies for the country. Their most scathing remarks were reserved for PM Modi’s demonetisation decision.
After the first phase of the polls, PM Modi upped the ante against Akhilesh government’s record and said spared Mayawati during the campaign which ended on Monday. This was interesting for political observers as Shah considers SP-Congress to be BJP’s main competitor in the remaining five phases, not in this phase. BSP chief Mayawati was also nowhere behind other competitors during the campaign. There is also a fourth competitor in this phase — Rashtriya Lok Dal led by Ajit Singh. With the considerable presence of Jats in the region, RLD’s popularity may dent the prospects of other parties, especially the BJP. While all parties claim they are positioned better than the rest, the key to their fortunes lie with the voters.