Second phase of UP election campaign to end today

Electioneering for 145 assembly seats in the second phase of elections in Uttar Pradesh, where polling is to be held on February 18, comes to an end on Saturday evening.

Electioneering for 145 assembly seats in the second phase of elections in Uttar Pradesh, where polling is to be held on February 18, comes to an end on Saturday evening.

The second phase covering the constituencies of central parts of the state also includes the prestigious five assembly constituencies of the state capital, which is represented by Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee in the Lok Sabha.

The campaign for these constituencies, which saw a galaxy of political leaders and Bollywood stars, would end on Saturday evening at 5 pm.

There are 1958 candidates in the fray for the second phase of polling and prominent candidates whose fate would be sealed in the Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) include one former chief minister and a host of state ministers.

Rashtriya Kranti Party president and former chief minister Kalyan Singh is a candidate from Atarauli seat. Singh is also contesting from Dibai seat where polling had already been completed in the first phase along with 92 seats on Thursday.

State urban development minister Lalji Tandon (Lucknow-West), cooperative minister Ram Kumar Verma (Nighasan), state social welfare minister Premlala Katiyar (Kalyanpur), women development minister Prabha Dwivedi (Farrukhabad) are the prominent ministers in the fray while the oppositions candidates include senior Congress leaders Luis Khursheed (Kayamganj) and Ranjana Vajpayee (Biswan), and Samajwadi Party leaders Dhani Ram Verma (Bidhuna), Shiv Pal Singh Yadav (Jaswantnagar) and Naresh Agarwal (Hardoi).
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