Uttar Pradesh elections: Over 61% polling in Phase 4

Elections are taking place in seven phases across Uttar Pradesh. Photograph:( WION )

WION New Delhi, India Feb 23, 2017, 02.05 PM (IST)

Over 61 per cent of the electorate cast their franchise in the fourth phase of the ongoing Assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh, PTI reported quoting Election Commission officials.

13.49 crores of cash and 3.26 lakh litres of liquor worth about Rs 8.17 crore were seized during polling, Election Commission officials told ANI.

Twelve districts spread over 53 constituencies went to polls today. These included Bundelkhand and the Congress bastion of Rae Bareilly.

The constituencies saw a turnout of 59.9 per cent in the assembly polls in 2012 and 57.1 per cent in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls. 

Polling also took place in Pratapgarh, Kaushambi, Allahabad, Jalaun, Jhansi, Lalitpur, Mahoba, Banda, Hamirpur, Chitrakoot and Fatehpur. More than 680 candidates are contesting the elections, and around 1.84 crore people were eligible to cast their vote in this phase.

Skirmishes erupted in Pratapgarh between BJP and BSP activists and in Mahoba between workers of the ruling Samajwadi Party and the BSP.

The fourth phase is especially significant for the Congress as it won only six seats from among these constituencies in 2012.

This time, the Congress has struck an alliance with the Samajwadi Party -- the two parties are contesting 298 and 105 seats each.

Elections are taking place in seven-phases across Uttar Pradesh. Results will be declared on March 11. 

(WION with inputs from agencies)