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34 pc polling till 1 pm in UP

Press Trust of India  |  Lucknow 

Over 34 per cent polling was reported till 1 pm Sunday in 14 constituencies of the state, where chief Yadav and are among the key contestants.

A said the average poll percentage was 34.92 per cent.

While Sultanpur parliamentary constituency recorded the highest turnout of 38.87 per cent, enthusiasm among voters was the least in Phulpur, where 29.20 per cent cast their ballots.

Altogether, 177 candidates are contesting in these 14 constituencies, where 2.53 crore people are eligible to vote at 16,998 polling centres.

In Sultanpur, and her rival BSP candidate Chandra Bhadra Singh alias Sonu had a face-off. Gandhi warned him that hooliganism wouldn't work, but Singh dismissed her charge.

"In Azamgarh, a presiding was removed following complaints by workers, A report has been sought from the district magistrate," UP's L Venkateshwar Lu said.

He also said there have been complaints about EVMs and VVPAT machines, and the machines have been replaced.

Polling was underway in Sultanpur, Pratapgarh, Phulpur, Allahabad, Ambedkararnagar, Shrawasti, Domariyaganj, Basti, Sant Kabirnagar, Lalganj, Jaunpur, Machchlishahr, Bhadohi and Azamgarh constituencies in Purvanchal region of the state.

The had won 13 of these 14 constituencies in the 2014 election. The only exception was Azamgarh, which was won by founder

However, the BJP had to bite the dust in the bypolls in Phulpur and Gorakhpur constituencies last year.

While the anti-BJP alliance would like to retain its grip over both the seats, the saffron party is looking to take a sweet revenge from the opposition in this round.

In Azamgarh, Yadav is trying to retain his father's seat against Bhojpuri film star Yadav 'Nirahua' of the

The SP president's decision to contest from his father's bastion is being touted as a move to consolidate the Yadav, Dalit and Muslim voters in the Purvanchal region of

Sultanpur too is seeing an interesting contest as the BJP has fielded for the seat won by her son in 2014.

The seat appears tricky for Maneka Gandhi as BJP strategists are relying on a division of and gathbandhan votes, besides possible counter-polarisation of non-Yadav and non-Jatav Dalit and OBC votes.

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First Published: Sun, May 12 2019. 14:51 IST