20.03% voter turnout till 11am

Voting was brisk as the first phase of the Uttar Pradesh polls started on Thursday.

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Voting was brisk as the first phase of the Uttar Pradesh polls started on Thursday. By 11am, polling stations across western UP 58 seats are up for grabs in this phase there has been a 20.03% voter turnout.

Agra has recorded 20.30 per cent polling, Aligarh 17.91 per cent, Baghpat 22.30 per cent, Bulandshahr 21.62 per cent, Gautam Buddh Nagar 19.23 per cent, Ghaziabad 18.24 per cent, Hapur 22.80 per cent, Mathura 20.73 per cent, Meerut 18.54 per cent, Muzaffarnagar 22.65 per cent and Shamli 22.83 per cent.

Uttar Pradesh is all set to decide the fate of several BJP heavyweights in its first Assembly election after Covid-19.

Polling has begun in 58 seats spread across 11 districts of Western UP.

Polling started at 7 am and will continue till 6 pm, officials of the state election commission said here. As many as 623 candidates, including 73 women are in the fray in the first phase and around 2.28 core voters, including 1.24 crore men and 1.04 crore women are eligible to cast their franchise, It is taking place at 25,849 polling stations, election officials said.

Of the 58 seats going to the polls, the BJP won 53 in the 2017 Assembly election. In the phase 58 seats, the BJP secured 46% (53 seats) votes, followed by the BSP 22.5% (2 seats) votes, the SP 14.3% (2 seats) votes and the RLD secure 7.1% (1 seat) votes.