March 30, 2023

LUCKNOW: The second phase of Uttar Pradesh elections on Monday saw a turnout of approximately 63% in 55 constituencies across nine districts of Rohilkhand and west UP regions. At the time of filing this report the recorded turnout was 62.99%, which was lower than 65.53% recorded in 2017. But final figures are yet to come, as all the districts were yet to arrive at the final figure and would release an updated turnout data on Tuesday.
The voting process was peaceful, barring a few minor incidents. The Naugawan Sadat seat of Amroha district, won by late Chetan Chauhan in 2017, clocked the highest turnout of 74. 17% with the district recording a maximum 72.02% voting, a 0.32% jump in polling percentage. It was followed by Saharanpur at 69.31 %, Moradabad 64.98 %, Rampur 63.97%, Bijnor 63.09 %, Bareilly 59.84%, Sambhal 58.82% ,Baduan 58.34% and Shahjahanpur 58.13%.
Amorha constituency recorded the highest increase in polling percentage by 1.51%. It’s total polling percentage was 70.15 % which was 68.64 % in 2017. Interestingly, Naugawan Sadat, which recorded the highest polling percentage among 55 seats, saw a decline of 1.98 % this year. It recorded 74.17% in comparison to 76.15 % in 2017. Similarly, Hasanpur recorded 73.58 % as compared to 74.23 % in 2017 and Dhanaura recorded 70.02% as compared to 70.07 % in 2017.
Chief electoral officer of Uttar Pradesh, Ajay Kumar Shukla, said, “No official complaint on discrepancies was received in the first phase of polls. ”
“Polling closed at 6 pm following a one-hour extension due to Covid-19 protocols. The day passed off peacefully with minor snags in EVMs at some places. These machines were swiftly replaced,” Shukla added.
Bareilly Cantt seat recorded the lowest turnout of 50.82 % — a sharp 2.55 % dip compared to 2017. Similarly, Shahjahanpur seat, which has seen a relentless run of state finance minister Suresh Kumar Khanna since 1989, recorded a low turnout of 52.63%–a sharp 5.52 % dip as compared to 2017. Bareilly constituency recorded the third lowest among all with 54 % polling.
The highest decline in polling percentage was recorded in Sambhal (6.66%), followed by Saharanpur (3.78%), Shahjahanpur (3.56 %) and Bijnor (3.42%).
Meanwhile, there were reports of a poll boycott in Badaun district. Two villages Narau and Milaal Nangla villages in Shekhupur assembly constituency allegedly called for boycott polls over failure to address contaminated water supply
Badaun Sub-Divisional Magistrate (SDM) BP Sharma told ANI that his administration had made a plan to find a solution.
“Even before this call by a few villagers, we spoke to them…For this, a plan has been chalked out that has been prepared by the municipal council. We have also spoken to the villagers that we are making full efforts by engaging higher officials from the government level to solve this problem.
The villagers claim that there have been deaths and many are battling serious ailments because their concerns have been neglected till now.

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