UP gears up for sixth phase of polling

Polling for the sixth phase of UP assembly elections covering 68 seats spread over 13 districts would be held tomorrow.

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 others.

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.

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.