2019 general elections: Polling underway for 8 Lok Sabha seats in UP

DN Bureau

Amid tight security cover and deployment of central forces in all the booths, polling commenced at 0700 hrs in eight seats, in the first phase of Lok Sabha elections in Uttar Pradesh on Thursday.

Voters line up outside polling booths
Voters line up outside polling booths

Lucknow: Amid tight security cover and deployment of central forces in all the booths, polling commenced at 0700 hrs in eight seats, in the first phase of Lok Sabha elections in Uttar Pradesh on Thursday.

The eight seats are Ghaziabad, Gautam Buddh Nagar, Bagpat, Saharanpur, Meerut, Muzaffarnagar, Bijnor and Kairana. The fate of Union ministers Dr Mahesh Sharma (Gautam Buddha Nagar), General (Retd) V K Singh (Ghaziabad), former Mumbai police commissioner Satpal Singh (Baghpat), former Prime Minister Choudhury Charan Singh, Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) chief, Ajit Singh (Muzaffarnagar) and Jayant Choudhury (Baghpat) will be decided, who are among the 96 candidates in the contest.

The other prominent candidates in this phase are Congress candidate Imran Masood from Saharanpur, Congress candidate Nasimuddin Siddique from Bijnore and BSP candidate Haji Yakoob Quereshi from Meerut.

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Of the prominent political party candidates BJP has fielded candidate in all the eight seat, Congress in six , BSP in four and two each of SP and RLD.

The highest numbers of 13 candidates are in the fray from Gautam Buddha Nagar seat, Kairana , Baghpat and Bijnore, 12 in Ghaziabad, 11 in Meerut and Saharanpur and 10 in Muzaffarnagar.There are 10 women candidates in the contest in the first phase.

State Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Vekenteshwar Lu said here on Thursday that all polling parties have commenced the polling in all the booths. Except for some preliminary technical glitches, polling has started in all the booths.

He said to maintain transparency in polling in 1741 booths webcasting would be done besides video camera has been installed in 816 places . There would be 27,533 ballot unit, 21,249 control unit and 22771 VVPAT to be used in this phase.

Lu said to ensure law and order and free and fair polls, 1220 sector magistrates, 254 zonal magistrates and 88 static magistrates have been deployed besides 8 general observers, 4 police observers, 40 assistant expenditure observers along with 1751 micro observers will also oversee the polling process. A total of 75,368 polling personnel have also been deployed in this phase.

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State police has deployed over one lakh security personnel in ten communal sensitive districts.

All the booths will be covered with armed security forces, particularly the central forces. The state police has rushed 157 companies of central forces and 35 companies of PAC to the districts going to polls in the first phase. Ghaziabad has the Highest number of 27,26,132 voters while Baghpat has the lowest of 16,05,254 voters in this phase. (UNI)

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