Voting in final phase of Uttar Pradesh polls, Goa today

Voting for the seventh and final phase in Uttar Pradesh covering the remaining 15 per cent seats and in Goa will be held today bringing to an end Assembly polls in five states billed as a mini-general election.

With the outcome of the elections in Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Uttarakhand, Manipur and Goa being keenly watched, polling will be held for 60 seats spread over 10 districts in UP which could be decisive in throwing up winning parties.

Counting of votes will be taken up on March 6.

Today’s polling in UP will decide the fate of 962 candidates including Samajwadi Party’s Muslim face Mohammad Azam Khan. The strength of the UP Assembly is 403 with ruling BSP, SP, BJP and Congress being the main contenders.

The final phase would cover Bijnore, Moradabad, Bheem Nagar, Rampur, Jyotiba Phule Nagar, Badaun, Bareilly, Pilibhit, Shahjahanpur and Lakhimpur Kheri in which more than 1.82 crore voters are eligble to vote. There are sizeable Muslim pockets in these constituencies.

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