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43% polling in UP till 3 pm

Press Trust of India  |  Lucknow 

Over 43 per cent polling was reported till 3 pm in 14 constituencies of on Sunday, where Yadav and are among the key contestants.

While Ambedkar Nagar constituency recorded the highest turnout of 47.60 per cent, enthusiasm among voters was the least in Phulpur, where 36.80 per cent cast their ballots.

A said the average poll percentage was 43.35 per cent.

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 BSP candidate 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," Electoral L Venkateshwar Lu said.

The said there had been complaints about EVMs and VVPAT devices, and the machines have been replaced.

Polling was underway in Sultanpur, Pratapgarh, Phulpur, Allahabad, Ambedkarar Nagar, Shrawasti, Domariyaganj, Basti, Sant Kabirnagar, Lalganj, Jaunpur, Machhlishahr, 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

The BJP, however, 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 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 BJP.

The 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 the state.

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

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

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Sun, May 12 2019. 15:56 IST