Filing of nominations began on Saturday for the second phase of Uttar Pradesh assembly polls on February 15, covering 67 constituencies spread over 11 districts in Muslim-dominated western UP.
Notification for it was issued on Friday itself. The filing of nominations will continue till January 27.
Withdrawal of candidature could be done till February 1 and polling will be on February 15.
The state will have seven-phase polling between February 11 and March 8. The districts going to polls in the second phase are Saharanpur, Bijnor, Moradabad, Sambhal, Rampur, Bareilly, Amroha, Pilibhit, Kheri, Shahjahanpur and Badaun.
Over 2.28 crore voters, including 1.04 women, will exercise their franchise. In 2012, of these 67 seats, SP had won 34 followed by BSP with 18 seats.
BJP won 10 while Congress got three and Peace Party and Ittehad-e-Millat Council won one seat each. Among 12 reserved seats in this phase, SP had won nine and BSP secured three in 2012.
BJP could not open its account on these seats. The prestige of stalwarts like senior UP minister Azam Khan in Rampur, SP MP Dharmendra Yadav in Badaun, Congress leader Imran Masood in Saharanpur and Union Minister Santosh Gangwar in Bareilly will be at stake to ensure victory of their respective candidates.