Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) lawmaker Sangeet Som's brother detained for carrying pistol inside a polling booth in Meerut's Sardhana constituency in Meerut district where voting in underway today for the first phase of the seven-phased UP polls. An FIR has been registered against Gagan under relevant Section of the IPC. Some stray incidents reported from Baghpat and Meerut.
The most populous state of the country, will today vote for 839 candidates at 26,823 polling stations. BJP and BSP have fielded candidates in all 73 seats, while SP restricted it to 51 seats, its alliance Congress 24 seats and RLD in 57 seats.
The first phase of polling will decide the electoral fortunes of son of home minister Rajnath Singh, Pankaj Singh (from Noida), Congress legislature party leader Pradeep Mathur (Mathura) against whom BJP national secretary and spokesman Srikant Sharma is in the fray, daughter of BJP MP Hukum Singh Mriganka Singh (Kairana), and controversial BJP MLAs Sangeet Som and Suresh Rana from Sardhana and Thanabhawan respectively.
"Around 2 lakh policemen wer pressed into service for ensuring free and fair polls that included 823 companies of Central Para-military Forces", Chaudhary said.
As per Election Commission, polling percentage till 1 pm was around 39.80 per cent while by 3 pm it crossed 50 percent. At 1500 hrs, Agra polled in 51.47 per cent, Aligarh registered 52.57, Baghpat 53.30, Bullandshahr 54.20, Etah 51, Ferozabad 54.62, Gautam Buddha Nagar 49.33, Ghaziabad 46.60, Hapur 54.93, Hatras 50.20, Kasganj 50.87, Mathura 55.42, Meerut 56.27, Muzaffarngar 53.27, and Shamli 55.83 per cent.
Polling is taking place in 73 of the state's 403 assembly constituencies, spread across 15 districts in the western part of the state. The last and seventh phase of polling will end on March 8 and the counting of all phases would be done on March 11.