Stage set for final phase of UP polls

Polling for the final and seventh phase of UP assembly elections covering 60 seats spread over 10 districts would be held tomorrow that would decide the fate of 962 candidates.

Updated: Mar 02, 2012, 10:34 AM IST

Lucknow: Polling for the final and seventh
phase of Uttar Pradesh assembly elections covering 60 seats
spread over 10 districts would be held tomorrow that would
decide the fate of 962 candidates including Samajwadi Party`s
Muslim face Mohammad Azam Khan.

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 expected to exercise their franchise.

Besides Samajwadi Party`s Muslim face Mohammad Azam Khan,
who is contesting from Rampur, fate of minister in Mayawati
government Omvati from Nagina seat, BSP MP Jugal Kishore`s son
Saurabh from Kasta and Rastriya Parivartan Dal head DP Yadav,
considered heavyweight from Sahsawan seat, would be decided in
this concluding phase.

The impact of BJP MP from Aonla Maneka Gandhi, her son
and BJP MP from Pilibhit Varun Gandhi, Union Minister and MP
from Dhaurara seat in Lakhimpur, Jitin Prasad and Congress MP
Azharuddin in their constituencies would be keenly watched by
political observers.

In the 2007 assembly polls, out of 57 constituencies BSP
had emerged the biggest party bagging 27 seats, while SP and
BJP had got 17 and nine seats respectively.

While Rashtriya Parivartan Dal (RPD) of DP Yadav had got
two seats, Congress and others got one seat respectively.
After denial of his entry in the SP, Yadav has fielded
candidates from his own outfit. SP has also put all its
strength to increase its tally in these districts.

Rashtriya Lok Manch of Amar Singh and local Rampur MP
Jaya Prada`s influence would be on test as they tried their
best to ensure defeat of Azam Khan in his home turf.

As far as Congress is concerned, impact of party general
Secretary Rahul Gandhi, who addressed 211 rallies and
conducted roadshows covering 18 assembly constituencies from
November 14 till February 29 including this region would also
be at test in this phase.

PTI