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UP Assembly Election 2022 Highlights: Felt happy when people ‘prayed’ for my death, will serve Varanasi till dying day, says Modi

UP Election 2022, Uttar Pradesh Voter Percentage, Uttar Pradesh Assembly Election Fifth Phase Voting Highlights: A voter turnout of 53.98 per cent was recorded till 5 pm in the fifth phase of Uttar Pradesh assembly elections, polling for which concluded at 6 pm on Sunday.

By: Express Web Desk
New Delhi | Updated: February 27, 2022 22:40 IST
Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses a public meeting for Assembly polls, in Deoria, Sunday, Feb 27, 2022. (Photo: Twitter @yogiadityanath via PTI)

Uttar Pradesh Assembly Election 2022 Phase 5 Polling news Live Updates: Prime Minister Narendra Modi Sunday said it will be a privilege to serve people of Varanasi till his dying day, hinting at a remark by Samajwadi Party leader Akhilesh Yadav that people come to the city in their final days. Addressing BJP workers in his Lok Sabha constituency, Modi also claimed that for the opposition, the parties were “private properties” while the BJP is a party of its workers.

Meanwhile, a voter turnout of 53.98 per cent was recorded till 5 pm in the fifth phase of Uttar Pradesh assembly elections, polling for which concluded at 6 pm on Sunday. A total of 61 constituencies across 12 districts went to the polls in this phase where around 2.24 crore voters exercised their franchise to decide the fate of 692 candidates in fray.

Ayodhya, the epicentre of the Ram temple movement, and Amethi and Raebareli, once considered Congress bastions, are the districts to look out for in the fifth phase. Apart from these, voters from districts such as Sultanpur, Chitrakoot, Pratapgarh, Kaushambi, Prayagraj, Barabanki, Bahraich, Shravasti and Gonda will cast their votes.

The last two phases of the elections will be held on March 3 and March 7, and the counting of votes is scheduled on March 10.

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UP Assembly elections voting Highlights: Voting for fifth phase concluded at 6 pm; Ayodhya, Raebareli and Amethi districts on focus today; 692 candidates in the fray during this phase; Follow this space for latest updates

21:41 (IST)27 Feb 2022
Felt happy when people ‘prayed’ for my death, will serve Varanasi till dying day, says Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi Sunday said it will be a privilege to serve people of Varanasi till his dying day, hinting at a remark by Samajwadi Party leader Akhilesh Yadav that people come to the city in their final days. Addressing BJP workers in his Lok Sabha constituency, Modi also claimed that for the opposition, the parties were "private properties" while the BJP is a party of its workers.

20:08 (IST)27 Feb 2022
SP candidate, supporters booked for rape, assault

Hours before Gonda went to polls on Sunday, Samajwadi Party candidate from Colonelganj Assembly constituency, his brothers and supporters were booked for allegedly raping a woman and beating her up.

Police said they booked SP candidate Yogesh Pratap Singh and others on Saturday night after they allegedly barged into the residence of the woman, and assaulted her and her family members for ‘supporting the BJP’. Read more

19:56 (IST)27 Feb 2022
Parties private properties for Oppn, but BJP is its workers’, says Modi in Varanasi

Taking a swipe at the opposition in Uttar Pradesh Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday claimed that for them the parties were “private properties” while the BJP is a party of its workers. Addressing BJP’s booth-level workers in his Lok Sabha constituency Varanasi, Modi urged party workers to ensure that the poor receive the benefits of the government’s welfare schemes.

18:57 (IST)27 Feb 2022
People have decided to send 'babaji' back to his 'math': Akhilesh

Samajwadi Party (SP) president Akhilesh Yadav on Sunday claimed that the people of Uttar Pradesh have decided to send 'Babaji' back to his 'math', apparently referring to Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath. Adityanath, who was a five-time MP from Gorakhpur, is the mahant of the Gorakhnath Math. Addressing a rally in the Chillupar constituency of Gorakhpur in favour of SP candidate Vinay Shankar Tiwari, Yadav said, "Today voting in being held for the fifth phase and everyone has decided to send 'Babaji' back to his 'math'." --PTI

17:52 (IST)27 Feb 2022
Uttar Pradesh records 53.98% voter turnout till 5 pm

A voter turnout of 53.98 per cent was recorded till 5 pm in the fifth phase of Uttar Pradesh assembly elections, polling for which began at 7 am on Sunday. A total of 2.24 crore voters from 61 constituencies across 12 districts are exercising their franchise to decide the fate of 692 candidates in fray in this phase.

17:47 (IST)27 Feb 2022
Pariwarwadis used to put obstacles in path of development: PM Modi

"We have seen how much people have stooped low in Indian politics but when in Kashi prayers for my death were done, I felt elated. This meant that till my death neither I will leave Kashi nor its people will leave me," PM Modi said in a rally in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh. "When these Pariwarwadis (SP) were in power, they used to put obstacles in whatever work we used to bring for development of UP. But in the last five years, the double engine government has tried sincerely for the development of Uttar Pradesh," Modi added.

17:20 (IST)27 Feb 2022
Sultanpur district votes in the fifth phase of UP elections

Sultanpur district votes in the fifth phase of UP elections. (AP Photos)

15:26 (IST)27 Feb 2022
UP elections a fight between dynasts and diehard nationalists: Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi Sunday said the UP elections is a fight between dynasts and diehard nationalists. Addressing a rally in Deoria, he also said, the previous regimes in the state shut sugar mills but govt run by Yogi Aditryanath modernised them and facilitated ethanol blending. 

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13:53 (IST)27 Feb 2022
Instead of removing poverty, oppn removed poor: Amit Shah

Attacking the Opposition during a rally in Ballia district of UP, Union Home Minister Amit Shah said: "They(opposition) gave the slogan of 'Garibi Hatao' during the 70s, but instead of removing poverty they started removing the poor: Union Home Minister Amit Shah."

13:50 (IST)27 Feb 2022
Uttar Pradesh records 34.83% voter turnout till 1 pm

A voter turnout of 34.83 per cent was recorded till 1 pm in the fifth phase of Uttar Pradesh assembly elections, polling for which began at 7 am on Sunday. 

13:10 (IST)27 Feb 2022
By running Operation Ganga, we are bringing back 1000s of Indians home: PM Modi in UP

Addressing an election rally in UP's Basti, PM Narendra Modi said: "By running Operation Ganga, we are bringing back 1000s of Indians home. Our sons, daughters still stranded in Ukraine will be brought back. GoI working day and night for them...Wherever there is trouble, we left no tone unturned to bring our citizens back."

12:43 (IST)27 Feb 2022
Fifth phase: Over 21 per cent polling recorded in 61 UP Assembly seats till 11 am

Over 21 per cent polling was witnessed in the first four hours of voting in the fifth phase of Uttar Pradesh Assembly polls for 61 seats spread across 12 districts on Sunday. As many as 692 candidates are in the fray in this round including Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya, who is contesting from Sirathu in Kaushambi district. He is pitted against Apna Dal (Kamerawadi) candidate Pallavi Patel. The voting started at 7 am and will continue till 6 pm. Around 2.24 crore people are eligible to vote in this phase. (PTI)

11:44 (IST)27 Feb 2022
Uttar Pradesh records 21.39% voter turnout till 11 am

A voter turnout of 21.39 per cent was recorded till 11 am in the fifth phase of Uttar Pradesh assembly elections, polling for which began at 7 am on Sunday. 

11:25 (IST)27 Feb 2022
People have decided to make BJP lose: Congress leader PL Punia

Congress leader PL Punia casts his vote at a polling booth in Barabanki. He says, "BJP thinks it has weakened & is losing. So, they brought everyone to campaign -- from PM to HM to their national president. They're trying but people won't get lured. They've decided to make BJP lose."

10:33 (IST)27 Feb 2022
Voting taking place peacefully; EVM glitches reported in some places: Additional Chief Electoral Officer

Voting has largely been taking place peacefully so far, UP's Additional Chief Electoral Officer, BD Ram Tiwari, told ANI. "Voting being done peacefully at all places, barring reports of glitch in EVMs at some places. Necessary action being taken," he said. 

09:57 (IST)27 Feb 2022
UP records 8.02% voter turnout till 9 am

UP recorded 8.02 per cent voter turnout till 9 am.

09:31 (IST)27 Feb 2022
BJP is responsible for mafiawad in UP: Pramod Tiwari

Congress leader Pramod Tiwari on Sunday accused the BJP of being responsible for 'mafiawad' in UP. "In 1996 when BJP-SP formed govt, 21 ministers were mafias, had criminal background. BJP is responsible for mafiawad in UP, they should be blamed. When I raised the issue in Assembly, Rajnath Singh had replied 'everything is fair in politics'," he said. (ANI)

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Voting for the fifth phase of the Uttar Pradesh Assembly polls began on Sunday morning, with state Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya among 692 candidates, who are contesting on 61 seats spread across 12 districts. The voting started at 7 am and will continue till 6 pm. Around 2.24 crore people are eligible to vote in this phase. The districts where polling is being held are Sultanpur, Chitrakoot, Pratapgarh, Kaushambi, Prayagraj, Barabanki, Bahraich, Shravasti and Gonda. (PTI)

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Former Uttarakhand Chief Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank has left for Delhi to meet BJP President JP Nadda, ANI reported. 

Prominent faces in the fray include Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya, who is fighting it out from the Sirathu assembly seat in Kaushambi district, Siddharth Nath Singh from Allahabad West, Rajendra Singh, alias Moti Singh, from Patti (Pratapgarh), Nand Gopal Gupta Nadi from Allahabad South and Ramapati Shastri from Mankapur (Gonda), and Congress legislative party leader Aradhana Mishra Mona, from Rampur Khas seat of Pratapgarh.

With completion of Sunday's polling, Uttar Pradesh will be done voting for 292 of the total 403-seat Assembly.

As part of the campaign for the fifth phase, the BJP top brass including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, Union Home Minister Amit Shah and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath visited the poll-bound constituencies.

Opposition party leaders such as SP chief Akhilesh Yadav, BSP supremo Mayawati and Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra too took up extensive campaign trails. Congress president Sonia Gandhi too had digitally addressed voters of her Raebareli constituency.

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First published on: 27-02-2022 at 06:39 IST
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