Lucknow: Polling began slowly in the first phase of Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections on Wednesday but picked up the pace as the day progressed with 51 per cent of the electorate exercising their franchisee till 4 PM. Rain has played spoilsport in many Assembly segments where voting is taking place.
Uttar Pradesh Chief Electoral Officer Umesh Sinha said that the percentage was low due to heavy rains in certain areas where polling was being held even though it is a public holiday.
The ruling Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) holds the maximum number of seats - 30 the first phase; Congress and Samajwadi Party are posing stiff challenge to Chief Minister Mayawati and are trying to reap the maximum benefit due to the anti-incumbency factor.
Uttar Pradesh elections have been billed as a battle between Congress General Secretary Rahul Gandhi and BSP supremo and Chief Minister Mayawati. The results are expected to have national ramifications for all the parties involved....more
10:24 AM, Feb 08, 2012