First Phase polling for Manipur Assy ends, Turnout may exceed 80 pc
- Author: Kyle Warner Mar 05, 2017,
Mar 05, 2017, 1:00
Bitter poll campaign with sharp attacks and counter-attacks came to a close this evening for the 49 Uttar Pradesh assembly seats, the voting for which is to be held on March 4 with SP patron Mulayam Singh Yadav's Azamgarh Lok Sabha constituency being in focus. Polling officials have started leaving for the interior areas of Churachandpur district since Wednesday, Dewangan said.
The campaigning for the first phase of polls ended at 3 pm on Friday.
Election commission had established 1,487 polling stations in the 38 assembly constituencies.
"Iron Lady" Irom Chanu Sharmila's People's Resurgence Justice Alliance (PRJA) is making its electoral debut with three candidates. Playing the saffron party's election song, "Thambal", the bus travelled in various parts of Imphal East and Imphal West districts.
The importance of the eastern Uttar Pradesh in which there are a total of 89 seats which will go to polls in the sixth and seventh phase can be understood from the fact that Prime Minister Narendra Modi represents the Lok Sabha constituency of Varanasi which is scheduled to go to polls on 8 March, in the last phase of polling. This time, the BJP has been vociferously targeting the incumbent Congress government in Manipur for massive corruption and lack of development in the state.
Among the BJP, some of the prominent figures contesting this elections are Former Union Minister Th Chaoba, former Minister Y.Erabot, former Minister N.Biren, Former chairman of the HAc V Hankhalien, veteran politician Okram Joy. "We had urged him to take security but he refused", said the Chief Electoral Officer.
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In this first phase election BJP is fielding candidates in all the 38 assembly constituencies while the ruling congress could field only in 37 assembly constituencies. There was no deployment of police or state force personnel at the polling stations. On the other hand BJP lost a number of it's leaders to Congress including one of it's two MLAs Khumukcham Joykishan.
Gorakhpur has a maximum of 127 candidates for nine seats while the minimum seven are contesting Mohammadabad Gohna seat in Mau.
Imphal: BJP national president Amit Shah has promised to end the crippling indefinite economic blockade in Manipur if BJP is voted to power in the coming assembly polls and said priority will be given to maintain law and order in the militancy-hit state. Notably, elections are being held in two phases in this state.
In all, there were 168 candidates in the fray for Saturday's polls, out of which seven were women.
Manipur elects at least three Muslim candidates to its Assembly every year, but the BJP has fielded only one candidate from the party, whereas the Congress has fielded three of them.