The stage is now set for the fourth phase of polling (of the seven total) in Uttar Pradesh in which 59 assembly constituencies (as per the Election Commission of India), spread across nine districts, will go to polls on February 23.
Three more phases will be left after tomorrow and 231 seats will be up for grabs in those four phases.
A total of 624 candidates and 2.13 crore voters are in the fray for 59 assembly seats. In the fourth phase, polling will be held in Rohilkhand, Terai region, Awadh and Bundelkhand regions. This phase includes 16 reserved constituencies.
Pilibhit, Lakhimpur-Kheri, Sitapur, Lucknow, Hardoi, Unnao, Rae Bareli, Fatehpur and Banda districts will go to polls in the fourth phase.
Lakhimpur-Kheri is the area where Union minister Ajay Mishra Teni’s son Ashish Mishra’s SUV had mowed down people on a highway. Of those dead were four farmers, journalist Raman Kashyap, two BJP workers Subham Mishra and Shyam and Hari Om Mishra, the driver of one of the vehicles that ran amok. Ashis is now out on bail.
Raebareli was once a Congress stronghold, but has now fallen from their hands.
In the 2017 elections, the BJP had won 51 of 59 seats. BJP won 90% of the seats in Rohilkhand and Awadh. One seat was won by its ally Apna Dal (S).
The BJP-led coalition won 52 seats. Four were won by SP, while two seats were won by the Congress and two by the BSP.
In this phase, voting is also taking place in state capital Lucknow which has nine Assembly seats. Of these, eight are with the BJP.