48.24% voter turnout till 3pm

By 3pm, across western Uttar Pradesh, where the first phase of polling was held, 48.24% voting had been completed.

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By 3pm, across western Uttar Pradesh, where the first phase of polling was held, 48.24% voting had been completed. After a somewhat less than brisk start, the pacer of polling was picking up across western Uttar Pradesh on Thursday.

Till 3 pm Agra recorded 47.53 per cent polling, Aligarh 45.89 per cent, Baghpat 50.21 per cent, Bulandshahr 50.81 per cent, Gautam Buddh Nagar 48.29 per cent, Ghaziabad 44.88  per cent, Hapur 51.67  per cent, Mathura 49.17 per cent, Meerut 47.86  per cent, Muzaffarnagar 52.13per cent and Shamli 52.23 per cent.

35.03% Till 1pm
Till 1pm, according to the Election Commission of India, the voting turnout was at 35.03%. Till 1 pm, Agra has recorded 36.93 per cent polling, Aligarh 32.07 per cent, Baghpat 38.01 per cent, Bulandshahr 37.03 per cent, Gautam Buddh Nagar 30.53 per cent, Ghaziabad 33.40 per cent, Hapur 39.97 per cent, Mathura 36.26 per cent, Meerut 34.51 per cent Muzaffarnagar 35.73 per cent and Shamli 41.16 per cent.

In the morning, till 11am, the turnout was at 20.03%.Agra had recorded 20.30% 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 is being held 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.