MEERUT: In all the 73 constituencies in the western region voted for 839 candidates . Uttar Pradesh has improved on its 2012 polling percentage by three per cent in the first of the seven-phrase assembly polls of one of the most politically crucial State with a turnout of 64.22% in the first phrase of Assembly elections.
ADG (law and order) Daljeet Singh says, "The polling passed off peacefully without any major incidents of violence being reported from any of the 73 constituencies spread across 15 districts in western Uttar Pradesh over two lakh policemen were deployed for the polls."
In the first phrase about 2.59 crore voters turned out to vote – 1,42,76,128 male and 1,12,26,308 female – were eligible to vote for 839 candidates, including 77 women. Around 20% of the candidates have criminal cases registered against them , of the 14,514 polling booths, 5,140 were identified as hyper-sensitive.
Although, now it has been a four cornored fight in the UP elections with RLD on the fourth corner. The elections were seen as a triangular contest between the BJP, BSP and SP, Ajit Singh's RLD has made it four cornored contest with renewed support from its traditional vote bank of Jat's, reportedly disenchanted with the BJP for its failure ti fulfuil promises of reservation. Of the total 73 seats , the SP had won 24, BSP 23, BJP 12,Rashtriya Lok Dal 9 and the Congress 5 seats in 2012.
However, the 2014 Lok Sabha elections saw a complete swing in favour of the BJP which all 15 seats from the 15 districts.