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UP Assembly Elections 2022 Highlights: Uttar Pradesh records 60.51% voter turnout; EVM glitches reported from some booths

UP Election 2022 Voting, Uttar Pradesh Assembly Election Phase 1 Highlights: Additional Chief Election Officer (ACEO) B D Ram Tiwari said the voting process is going on peacefully while adding there were reports of a technical error in EVMs at a few places.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: February 11, 2022 5:10:01 am
Voters cast their votes in the first phase of assembly elections at Ghaziabad in Uttar Pradesh on Thursday. (Express Photo: Praveen Khanna)

2022 Uttar Pradesh (UP) Assembly Election Phase 1 Voting Live News: Polling for the first phase of assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh ended at 6 pm on Thursday, with the state recording a voting turnout of 60.51 per cent. Even as the overall voting process remained peaceful, there were reports of a technical error in EVMs at a few places. As many as 623 candidates were in the fray and around 2.27 crore people were eligible to vote in this phase in which a total of 58 constituencies spread across 11 districts in the western belt of the state went to polls.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, while addressing an election rally in UP’s Saharanpur, said the Yogi Adityanath government has consistently worked towards preventing crimes against Muslim women, while the Opposition has stood in the way of their progress for the sake of votes.

A bulk of the UP seats, which went to polls today, are Jat dominated who had participated actively in the stir against the Centre’s three contentious agriculture laws in the national capital last year. The fiercely contested first round, where the ruling BJP is expected to face a stiff challenge from the resurgent alliance of Samajwadi Party (SP) and Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD), will test the impact of the farmers stir.

In other news, the Election Commission revised the dates of assembly polls in Manipur. The state will now go to first phase of elections on February 28 and second phase on March 5.

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Uttar Pradesh Elections 2022 Phase 1 Voting Highlights: PM Modi slams women for using Muslim women for the sake of votes; Voting begins in 58 seats of Western UP; Follow this space for latest news:

21:40 (IST)10 Feb 2022
Battleground UP: A look at first phase of elections through photos

Express photographers Abhinav Saha and Praveen Khanna brings to you exclusive photographs from the UP consituencies that went to polls in the first phase of assembly elections. See more here

 

20:33 (IST)10 Feb 2022
Congress fields woman Brahmin candidate against Yogi Adityanath in Gorakhpur Urban

Following the path of Samajwadi Party, the Congress also fielded a Brahmin woman candidate against Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath in the Gorakhpur Urban Assembly seat.

The party named 37-year-old Chetna Pandey as its nominee in Gorakhpur Urban. A poet and singer, Pandey is the former vice-president of the student union at Gorakhpur University and has been active in the region’s social sphere. In the 2017 Assembly polls, she had contested as an Independent in the Shahjanwa constituency, but gathered only 2200 votes. This time, with the backing of the Congress, she hopes to make an impact against the outgoing chief minister. Read more

20:32 (IST)10 Feb 2022
UP polls: Long-time BJP worker’s family alleges insult, joins race against Yogi

Upendra Dutt Shukla started out with the RSS student wing ABVP, went on to serve in the BJP for over 40 years, was the party’s in-charge of Gorakhpur region, then its Uttar Pradesh vice-president, and even stepped in to contest the Gorakhpur Lok Sabha seat when Yogi Adityanath gave it up to become Chief Minister.

If not all of this, what else to make them eligible for a ticket after Shukla’s death in 2020, is the question his family is asking. Denied one, the family moved to the Samajwadi Party. Come March 6, the wife of one of the oldest BJP faces in Gorakhpur, Subhavati Shukla, will be taking on one of the party’s biggest, Adityanath, from Gorakhpur Urban Assembly seat. Read more

19:53 (IST)10 Feb 2022
Uttar Pradesh records 59.61% voter turnout

A 59.61% voter turnout was recorded in the first phase pf UP elections that concluded at 6 pm on Thursday.

18:53 (IST)10 Feb 2022
EC revises poll dates in Manipur: First phase now on Feb 28, second on March 5

Meanwhile, the Election Commission has revised the dates of assembly polls in Manipur. The state will now go to first phase of elections on February 28 and second phase on March 5.

17:09 (IST)10 Feb 2022
SP chief urges EC to take action wherever there are allegations on EVM malfunctioning

Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav Thursday urged the Election Commission to take immediate action wherever there are allegations of EVM glitch or slow polling in the first phase of elections in Uttar Pradesh.

Additional Chief Election Officer (ACEO) B D Ram Tiwari said the voting process is going on peacefully while adding there were reports of a technical error in EVMs at a few places. “Those EVMs are being replaced,” news agency quoted Tiwari as saying. As many as 623 candidates are in the fray and around 2.27 crore people are eligible to vote in this phase.

16:35 (IST)10 Feb 2022
Voters caste their votes in Ghaziabad

Voters cast their votes in the first phase of assembly elections at Ghaziabad in Uttar Pradesh on Thursday.

16:31 (IST)10 Feb 2022
PM accuses Congress of using General Rawat's cut-outs for votes

Prime Minister Narendra Modi accused the Congress on Thursday of abusing General Bipin Rawat when he was alive and using his cut-outs now for votes.

Addressing a rally in Uttarakhand's Srinagar ahead of the February 14 state Assembly polls, Modi said it is the same Congress that had asked for proof of surgical strikes against terror hideouts in Pakistan.

He said a leader of the party had even called former Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) General Rawat a "streetside hooligan".

Describing the Congress as a party with a single-minded pursuit for power, the prime minister said it can never understand the price of "sacrifices". --PTI

16:30 (IST)10 Feb 2022
Don’t insult the spirit of India: Rahul Gandhi

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Thursday pointed out that there is "strength in our Union" and asked not to insult the spirit of India.

15:55 (IST)10 Feb 2022
Uttar Pradesh records voter turnout of 48.24% till 3 pm

The first phase of the Uttar Pradesh elections witnessed a voter turnout of 48.24 per cent till 1 pm.

15:48 (IST)10 Feb 2022
Vote for ‘bicycle’, man announces on loudspeaker atop mosque in Meerut; FIR lodged

An FIR was registered on Thursday against a Muslim man who allegedly made an announcement on a loudspeaker atop a mosque in Lubuxur village, Meerut, appealing to people to vote in favour of the ‘bicycle’, the official election symbol of the Samajwadi Party.

The village is a part of the Kithore assembly segment in Meerut where minister Shahid Manzoor (SP) is pitted against BJP’s sitting MLA Satyaveer Tyagi while Babita Gurjar and Kushalpal Mavi respectively are fielded by the Congress and the BSP. Read full story here

15:22 (IST)10 Feb 2022
PM Modi's ED, CBI do not scare me: Rahul Gandhi

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Thursday said he is not afraid of Prime Minister Narendra Modi or 'his enforcement agencies' and finds his 'arrogance' amusing. 

The Congress leader said the BJP changed its chief ministers in Uttarakhand as they were all corrupt and 'replaced one thief with another'.

Addressing a rally at Manglaur in Haridwar district ahead of the assembly polls in the state, Gandhi said, 'Modi said in a an interview recently that I don't listen to him. He was right. I don't listen to him because I am not afraid of him or his CBI and ED.'

He said the three farm laws were withdrawn only because of the country's farmers and the Congress. --PTI

15:07 (IST)10 Feb 2022
Power of democracy gives answers to people with dynastic arrogance: Nadda

Speaking of RLD chief Jayant Chaudhary, BJP national president J P Nadda said, "Today, a leader did not cast his vote. It shows their dynastic arrogance. The power of democracy gives answers to such people."

14:34 (IST)10 Feb 2022
Govt schools not up to the mark, says a voter in Jewar

As the first phase of the Uttar Pradesh polls kicked off Lakshmi Goswami, a resident of Jewar, said: “Private education is very costly and government schools are not up to the mark. I have three children and I end up paying over Rs 3,000 as school fees. My husband works as a helper in a shop and hence, the earnings are limited.” (From Abhinav Rajput)

14:31 (IST)10 Feb 2022
Over 40 per voter turnout at Jewar

The polling booth in Jewar witnessed over 40 per cent voter turnout till 2 pm. (From Abhinav Rajput)

14:24 (IST)10 Feb 2022
In Pics | Voters queue up to exercise their franchise in Mathura

In Mathura, long queues were seen as people waited to exercise their franchise. (From Amil Bhatnagar)

14:04 (IST)10 Feb 2022
Dalip Singh Rana, known as The Great Khali, joins BJP

Wrestler Dalip Singh Rana, popularly known as The Great Khali, on Thursday joined the Bharatiya Janata Party at its headquarters in Delhi.

He joined the party in the presence of Rajya Sabha MP Arun Singh, MoS Jitendra Singh and Lok Sabha MP Sunita Duggal. “I’m glad to have joined BJP… I feel that Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s work for the nation makes him the right PM. So, I thought why not be a part of his governance for the nation’s development. I joined the party after being influenced by the BJP’s national policy,” Rana was quoted as saying by ANI.

13:54 (IST)10 Feb 2022
35.03% voter turnout recorded till 1 pm

The first phase of the Uttar Pradesh elections witnessed a voter turnout of 35.03 per cent till 1 pm.

13:50 (IST)10 Feb 2022
Voted for party that can give jobs, ensure justice for all, says a first-time voter in Mathura

A first-time voter, Shubhangi ,19, is pursuing her final year at Dehli University's Dayal Singh College. 'I voted in favour of the party which can give us jobs not promises, stable economy instead of full-page advertisements and can ensure justice for all, regardless of the caste, creed and community,” she said. (From Amit Mehra)

13:43 (IST)10 Feb 2022
Will try to vote in evening: RLD chief Jayant Chaudhary

"I'm a voter of Mathura. Right now, we're in Bijnor as there are just two days remaining for campaigning between the first and second rounds of the Uttar Pradesh polls. My wife voted in the morning. After campaigning ends here, I'll try to vote at booths open till 6 pm," RLD chief Jayant Chaudhary said.

Government employees collect EVM machines and election material a day before Uttar Pradesh assembly elections, at Ghaziabad in Uttar Pradesh on Wednesday. (Express Photo by Praveen Khanna)

The canvassing for the first phase was limited to the virtual medium due to a ban on road shows and physical rallies in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

While Prime Minister Narendra Modi led the BJP campaign, pitching for a double-engine government for fast-paced development, Union Home Minister Amit Shah and UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath tried to put the spotlight back on alleged "exodus" of Hindus from Kairana before 2017.

The SP-RLD alliance, on the other hand, has centred their electioneering on farmers' issues and has attacked Adityanath over poll promises.

BSP chief Mayawati, who started campaigning late, reminded people of her government's track record on law and order in the past. The Congress under the leadership of its general secretary Priyanka Gandhi has generated interest as seen in door-to-door campaigns.

A 12 lakh vote bank: Why parties are talking of old pension, new pension

A scheme that keeps coming up in the Uttar Pradesh election discourse, and has found mention in the manifestos of both the Samajwadi Party and Congress, is the pension for government employees.

Akhilesh Yadav announced last month that if the SP formed the government, it would restore a pre-2005 “old pension scheme” (the SP was in power at the time, led by Mulayam Singh Yadav). Six days later, UP Chief Secretary Durga Shanker Mishra held a review with officials and issued a statement specifying how the “new pension scheme” was more beneficial. Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath then attacked Akhilesh, saying the “new pension scheme” had actually got clearance in 2005 under Mulayam, and remained in cold storage.

On Wednesday, the Congress got into the game, with its manifesto promising a “mid-way” solution. Whichever scheme is finally enforced, the beneficiaries would be those retiring around 2030-35, since it would apply to those hired after 2004. However, in the short term, all parties have eyes on the 12 lakh government employees and their families.

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