UP gears up for sixth phase of polling

By: | Updated: 27 Feb 2012 02:45 AM

Lucknow: Polling for
the sixth phase of UP assembly elections covering 68 seats spread over 13
districts would be held tomorrow that would decide the fate of RLD's youth
face Jayant Chaudhary and state Energy Minister Ramveer Upadhyaya among

Thirteen districts where polling would be 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.

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

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

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.

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 district.

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 02:45 AM
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