New Delhi :
A voter turnout of over 55 per cent was recorded till 4 PM on Sunday in the 69 constituencies, considered ruling Samajwadi Party stronghold, figuring in the third phase of Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections.
“Till 1600 hours, the turnout was over 55 per cent,” a spokesman of UP Chief Electoral Officer said.
Polling was going on mostly peacefully in these areas, he said.
Besides BSP supremo Mayawati, Home Minister Rajnath Singh with his family cast their votes in Lucknow while Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav voted in Saifai (Etawah).
Most of the leaders claimed their parties will form the next government.
Mayawati, who cast her vote in Mall Avenue area here, told reporters that her party would win over 300 of the 403 seats in the state and she would form the next government.
“Like Congress and BJP, I’m not saying this without any basis. The way in which people are attending my rallies, I can say I’m going to form the next government. The people of the state want change as are fed up with misrule and ‘goondaraj’ of SP,” Mayawati said.
In a similar refrain, the Home Minister after casting his vote here, claimed that BJP was getting the majority. “I’m sure BJP is going to get absolute majority,” he said.
In Saifai, Akhilesh aired similar views, saying, “People of the state have made up their mind in favour of SP-Congress alliance.”
# 61.16% voter turnout in the third phase of #UttarPradeshElection2017 till 5pm
#53% voter turnout in the third phase of Uttar Pradesh Election2017 till 3 pm
# 45.72 per cent voting in Kanpur till 3 PM
# Over 44 per cent voter turnout till 2 PM, polling peaceful till now
# 38.96% voter turnout in third phase till 1 PM
# Navneet Sehgal, Principal Secretary, UP Govt casts his vote with his wife in Lucknow.
# Dimple Yadav casts her vote in Saifai, says, let's be progressive and think about the future.
# Shivpal Singh Yadav will win by a large margin: Mulayam Singh Yadav in Saifai
# Mulayam Singh Yadav, accompanied by daughter-in-law Aparna Yadav, leaves after casting his vote in Saifai.
# Phase-3: 100-year-old Kaniz Fatima casts her vote at a polling booth in Sitapur
# Senior leader Mulayam Singh Yadav casts his vote in Saifai.
# BJP MP Sakshi Maharaj casts his vote in Unnao.
# 24.19% voter turnout in third phase of #UP Election 2017 till 11 am
# Union Minister and senior BJP leader Kalraj Mishra casts his vote at Ganna Sansthan booth in Lucknow
# Phase-3: 26.6% voting in Kannauj, 29% in Sitapur and 20.68% in Kanpur till 11 AM
# District Magistrate Kaushal Raj Sharma casts his vote at booth no. 27 in Kanpur
# Uma Bhati casts her vote in Lucknow
# Senior Congress leader and former Union Minister Sriprakash Jaiswal casts his vote at booth no. 111 in Kanpur.
# Akhilesh Yadav's brother Prateek Yadav casts his vote in Saifai, says the family is united and SP-Congress alliance will win with majority.
# BJP candidate from Noida and Rajnath Singh's son Pankaj Singh casts his vote in Lucknow.
There is a BJP wave in Uttar Pradesh, BSP and SP are fighting for 2nd and third place: Pankaj Singh,BJP after casting vote in Lucknow pic.twitter.com/mTcxaEf18L— ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) February 19, 2017
# CM Akhilesh Yadav casts his vote, says SP was ahead in first 2 phases and will lead in 3rd phase too.
Once again Samajwadi Party will be forming the Govt,in alliance with Congress: CM Akhilesh Yadav in Saifai pic.twitter.com/v4ooWRZNoI— ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) February 19, 2017
# Home Minister Rajnath Singh casts his vote in Lucknow, expresses confidence of gaining full majority in the state
# Chief Electoral Officer of Uttar Pradesh T Venkatesh cast his vote in Lucknow
# 12% voting done in third phase of polling in Uttar Pradesh till 9 am
# Voting percentage till 9 am- Kanpur Nagar 7.71%, Kannauj 11.65% and Sitapur 11%
# After casting her vote in Lucknow, Mayawati claims of gaining clear majority,says she is hopeful of winning 300+seats after getting positive response in her rallies across the state.
Like in the first two phases, in the third phase also BSP will be no.1 and will form the Govt with a majority: Mayawati after casting vote pic.twitter.com/OqaICqwCHn— ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) February 19, 2017
# BSP supremo Mayawati casts her vote at a polling booth in City Montessori School in Lucknow.
# BSP supremo to soon cast her vote at a polling booth in Lucknow.
# BJP leader Rita Bahuguna Joshi casts vote in Lucknow, says Mulayam Singh Yadav's emotional appeal points to the fact that Aparna Yadav is losing.
# BJP Spokesperson Sudhanshu Trivedi casts his vote at a polling booth in Sherwood Academy in Lucknow.
# Ramgopal Yadav casts his vote in Saifai, says there is no infighting as far as voting is concerned. Claims of winning 300- seats.
# SP candidate Nitin Agarwaal is waiting to caste his vote as EVM machine in booth number 198 malfunctions in Hardoi.
# Mulayam Singh Yadav's brother Abhay Ram Yadav casts vote in Saifai, hopes to form SP government again in the state
# Voting underway at a polling booth in Sultanul Madaris school in Old Lucknow
# Voting begins in 12 districts for third phase of polling in Uttar Pradesh
# Third phase of voting in Uttar Pradesh elections to begin shortly. Visuals from a polling booth in old Lucknow