A voter turnout of 46.40 percent was recorded till 3 pm for the seventh and terminal phase of the Uttar Pradesh Assembly polls.
The focal point of Monday’s polls is Varanasi, where the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led coalition had won all eight Assembly segments in 2017, bestriding the “Modi wave”.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s parliamentary constituency Varanasi the BJP candidate here is Ravindra Jaiswal in the north recorded 43.90%, but the highest was at Chandauli , which recorded 50.75% voting.
Sonbhadra recorded 49.82% and Azamgarh 45.25%.
The rest were as follows: Jaunpur 47.18%, Ghazipur 45.56%, Mirzapur 44.64%, and Bhadohi 47.50%
In this final phase as many as 2.06 crore eligible voters will decide the fate of 613 candidates contesting for 54 seats.
One of the most-watched candidates in this phase is former minister Om Prakash Rajbhar, who is contesting from the Zahoorabad seat. Rajbhar had won the seat in 2017 as a candidate of Suheldev Bharatiya Samaj Party, which was a BJP ally.
In 2017, BJP along with its allies Apna Dal and SBSP made their inroads by winning 29 seats, but this time SBSP has gone with Akhilesh. In the last election, BSP got six seats and Samajwadi Party got 11 seats.