In the same phase, polling will also be held in Gorakhpur, the constituency of Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, who is contesting the assembly elections for the first time, where many candidates including Subhavati Shukla from Samajwadi Party and Chandrashekhar Azad, President of Azad Samaj Party are in the fray.
UP Election 2022: For the sixth phase of Uttar Pradesh assembly elections, polling will be held on Thursday in 57 assembly constituencies of 10 districts, including Gorakhpur, the constituency of Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath. State Chief Electoral Officer Ajay Kumar Shukla said that all the preparations have been completed for the sixth phase of elections. He said that the voting will start at 7:00 am on Thursday and will go on till 6:00 pm.
He said that on March 3, instructions have been given to make necessary arrangements for conducting the elections in a free, fair and transparent manner. In this phase, more than two crore 14 lakh voters will be able to exercise their franchise.
SubhaSP is fighting with SP
According to the information, in the 2017 assembly elections, 46 of these 57 seats were won by the BJP and two by its allies Apna Dal (S) and Suheldev Bharatiya Samaj Party (SubhaSP). However, this time the SubhaSP is contesting the elections in alliance with the Samajwadi Party.
In the ten districts of the sixth phase, polling will be held from 7 am to 6 pm on March 3 in 57 assembly constituencies of Ambedkar Nagar, Balrampur, Siddharthnagar, Basti, Sant Kabir Nagar, Maharajganj, Gorakhpur, Kushinagar, Deoria and Ballia districts.
Voting will also be held in Chief Minister Yogi's stronghold Gorakhpur
Many star campaigners, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Home Minister Amit Shah, Defense Minister Rajnath Singh, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) President Jagat Prakash Nadda, have campaigned in the sixth phase of the assembly constituencies. In the same phase, polling will also be held in Gorakhpur, the constituency of Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, who is contesting the assembly elections for the first time, where many candidates including Subhavati Shukla from Samajwadi Party and Chandrashekhar Azad, President of Azad Samaj Party are in the fray.
The fate of many big faces will be at stake
Samajwadi Party (SP) President Akhilesh Yadav and Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra have also campaigned in these areas. On the other hand, leaders of other parties including Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) have also campaigned in these areas and appealed to their respective candidates to win the elections.
Lalji Verma, who was the leader of the BSP legislature party in the Kathari assembly seat of Ambedkarnagar district in the sixth phase, is trying his luck as a SP candidate this time, while former BSP state president Ram Achal Rajbhar this time in the Akbarpur assembly seat of the same district. SP candidate.
Tough competition in Siddharthnagar seat
In the sixth phase, State Health Minister Jai Pratap Singh is again trying his luck as a BJP candidate in the Bansi seat of Siddharthnagar district, while the Etwa seat of the same district is contested by former Assembly Speaker and SP candidate Mata Prasad Pandey, the state's Basic Education Minister. And the BJP candidate is Satish Chandra Dwivedi.
Dwivedi had defeated Pandey in 2017. Swami Prasad Maurya, who won the elections from the BJP last time from Padrauna assembly seat of Kushinagar district and was the labour minister in the Yogi government for nearly five years, is the SP candidate this time from the Fazilnagar seat of Kushinagar, where he is contesting against BJP's Surendra Kushwaha.
Ajay Kumar Lallu on the ground from Kushinagar's Tamkuhiraj seat
State Congress President Ajay Kumar Lallu is in the fray from Tamkuhiraj seat of Kushinagar. In the sixth phase itself, Leader of Opposition in Ballia Ram Govind Chaudhary is trying his luck from SP in (Bansdih) and leader of BSP legislature party from BSP in Rasra assembly constituency.
State Agriculture Minister and BJP candidate Surya Pratap Shahi is pitted against his old rival SP's Brahmashankar Tripathi in the Pathardeva seat of Deoria district. Apart from this, Minister of State for Independent Charge Shri Ram Chauhan (Khajni-Gorakhpur), Minister of State Jaiprakash Nishad (Rudrapur-Deoria) and Shalabh Mani Tripathi (Deoria), who has come into politics from journalism, are in the fray as a BJP candidate.
Out of 57 seats, 11 are reserved for scheduled castes.
Of the 57 seats in the sixth phase, 11 seats are reserved for scheduled castes. There are a total of more than 2.14 crore voters in this phase. In the proposed assembly elections in seven phases in 403 assembly seats of the state, so far, 292 seats have been voted in five phases and in the last two phases on March 3 and March 7, respectively, voting is to be held in 111 seats.