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56.84% polling in UP till 6 pm

Press Trust of India  |  Lucknow 

Over 56 per cent polling was recorded till 6 pm in 13 seats of on Sunday, officials said.

In Varanasi, where is seeking a second term, the voter turnout was 58.05 per cent.

"Till 6 pm, the turnout (across 13 seats) was 56.84 per cent. Those who are in queue till 6 pm are being allowed to cast their votes," a spokesperson said.

According to the data given by the till 6 pm, the highest turnout was 62.40 per cent in Maharajganj, while reported the lowest turnout of 52.50 per cent. In Gorakhpur, the turnout was 57.38 per cent.

Violence erupted in constituency, where state is seeking re-election, when supporters of the saffron party and the clashed.

"The incident was reported from Parahupur Sikatiya village in A police team rushed to the spot and the situation was brought under control," Electoral Officer B D R Tiwari said.

Two election officials deputed at different polling booths in and Bansgaon constituencies died of sudden illness, officials said.

Rajaram, 56, was a of booth number 381 at Prathmik Vidhyalay Madhopur in Pipraich area in seat, J N Maurya said. He was rushed to a community health centre where he was declared dead.

In the Bansgaon, Vinod Srivastav, 50, deputed at polling booth number 219, died around midnight due to He was an employee with the sugarcane department.

Minister was among the early voters in

"People are fighting this election for nation's interest and if someone cannot understand this thing, his IQ (intelligence quotient) is questionable," Adityanath said after casting his ballot. "The entire election revolved around Modi ji. With big achievements of his government during the last five years, the BJP will win the election."

Shiv Pratap Shukla, who also exercised his franchise in Gorakhpur, said BJP candidate would win by a margin of over three lakh votes and the party would form the government.

A report from said the fingers of Dalits had been inked before they could actually cast their vote in Tara Jivanpur village under station.

Asked to comment on the report, the said: "We have taken cognizance of the entire incident and an FIR has been registered. Prima facie, names of workers of a political party have come to the fore. The administration has assured the people that they do not need to fear."

On death of an in Gorakhpur, Tiwari said: "The matter is being probed. If someone is seriously ill, then he is not deployed on poll duty. People submit their requests (for exemption from election duty) and the district administration considers such requests with sensitivity. However, if any untoward incident is to take place, no one can forecast it."

When asked whether there were lack of medical facilities for the election officials, the said, "There is proper medical arrangement and kits have been given to all the poll staff."

The also said reports of EVM malfunctioning were reported from some places but polling was not hampered.

"We also got reports of poll boycott from certain places in Gorakhpur, Mirzapur, and Officials rushed to those places to pacify the voters," he said.

The polling was held in Maharajganj, Gorakhpur, Kushinagar, Deoria, Bansgaon (SC), Ghosi, Salempur, Ballia, Ghazipur, Chandauli, Varanasi, and (SC).

is seeking re-election from

The BJP is contesting 11 seats in this phase, while its ally (Sonelal) is contesting from Mirzapur, currently held by Anupriya Patel, and

The saffron party has pitted from Gorakhpur against Congress' Madhusudan Tripathi and Rambhual Nishad of the

Pravin Nishad, who had won the seat on a SP ticket in bypolls last year, has joined the BJP. The party has fielded him from Sant Kabir Nagar seat.

Gorakhpur was represented by in the Lok Sabha from 1998 to 2017, before he became the of

The final phase of Lok Sabha polls in the state will decide the fate of eight SP and five BSP candidates. In all, there are 167 candidates in the fray for 13 seats.

The highest number of 26 candidates in the fray are from Varanasi, while Bansgaon has the least number of four candidates fighting the polls.

The total number of voters who are eligible to cast their votes in this phase is over 2.32 crore. As many as 25,874 polling booths have been set up in 13,979 polling centres, the added.

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

First Published: Sun, May 19 2019. 19:31 IST