Among the key candidates in today’s polls is Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, who is contesting his first assembly poll from his stronghold Gorakhpur. Chandrashekhar Azad has decided to contest the seat.
In the the sixth and second-last phase of the 2022 Uttar Pradesh election, the state has recorded a 21.79% per cent voter turnout up until 11 am.
Voting began at 7 am today and will continue till 6 pm.
57 seats in eastern UP, spread across 10 districts, are going to polls today.
Among the most prominent candidates is Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath , who is contesting his first assembly poll from Gorakhpur.
Mr Adityanath offered prayers at Gorakhnath Temple before casting his vote from his stronghold this morning.
With voting for 292 out of the state’s 403 assembly seats already over, the focus has shifted to the crucial Purvanchal region of the state, which has 111 seats – more than a quarter of the total.
The BJP had won 46 of the 57 seats in the 2017 polls. There are a total of over 2.14 crore voters in this phase.
The Chief Minister being in the contest this time has spurred expectations of a big victory in all nine assembly seats under the Gorakhpur parliamentary constituency.
The Samajwadi Party has pitted the wife of late Upendra Dutt Shukla, a former BJP leader, against the Chief Minister.
Azad Samaj Party founder Chandrashekhar Azad is also in fray from the seat.
The outcome in this phase will largely depend on the Other Backward Castes (OBCs) and Most Backward Castes (MBCs) who have influence on nearly 30 seats.
The 54 remaining seats will go to polls in the last phase of the election on March 7. The votes will be counted on March 10.