Sixth phase polling begins in UPs Jat land

By: | Updated: 27 Feb 2012 09:10 PM

Lucknow: Polling
for the sixth phase of UP Assembly elections covering 68 seats spread over
13 districts commenced on Tuesday that would decide the fate of RLD's
youth face Jayant Chaudhary and state energy minister Ramveer Upadhyaya
among others.

Thirteen districts where polling is being held include Saharanpur,
Prabuddha Nagar, Meerut, Bagpath, Ghaziabad, Panchsheel Nagar, Gautam
Buddha Nagar, Bulandshahr, Aligarh, Muzaffarnagar, Mathura, Mahamayanagar
and Agra.

"More than 2.17 crore voters are expected to cast their votes at 22137
polling centres," the Election Commission said. A total of 1103
candidates, including 1017 men and 86 women are in the fray in this phase.

To ensure free and fair elections adequate force, including central
forces, has been deployed. All the political parties including Congress,
SP, BSP, BJP and RLD have extensively campaigned in the Jat land of the
state. This phase would test the popularity of Congress' alliance with
Ajit Singh led Rashtriya Lok Dal which has its stronghold in the western
region of the state.

It would also decide the fate of youth face of RLD Jayant Chaudhary,
energy minister Ramveer Upadhyaya, deputy leader of BJP Legislative Party
Hukkum Singh and former minister Rajveer Singh, who is also son of former
chief minister Kalyan Singh.

While Jayant, who is MP from Mathura is contesting from Math seat in
Mathura, energy minister Ramveer is seeking rerun from Sikandrarau seat in
Hathras district.

Ramveer's prominence would also be put to test in Sadabad and Dibai seats
from where his brother-in-law Satyendra Sharma and brother Vinod Updhayaya
are contesting respectively. Ramveer's brother Vinod is pitched against
Rajveer Singh, a former minister and son of ex-CM Kalyan Singh.

Two more Cabinet ministers Jaiveer Singh and Dharm Singh Saini are also in
the fray in this phase from Barauli and Nakud seats. Popularity of Rashid
Masood, who left SP and joined Congress, would also be put to test in this
phase as his nephew Imran Masood is in fray from Nakud seat in Saharanpur

This phase would also decide the impact of an appeal made by Shahi Imam of
Delhi's Jama Masjid Maulana Ahmad Bukahri in favour of SP as his
son-in-law Umar Ali is in the fray for Behat seat in Saharanpur disrict.

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First Published: 27 Feb 2012 09:10 PM
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