UP Election 2022 Live Updates: The battle for Uttar Pradesh kicks off today with voting scheduled to take place in 58 congressional seats across 11 districts in the western part of the state.
The polls will start at 7 a.m. and will be conducted in accordance with Covid guidelines issued by the Election Commission. Voting ends at 6 p.m.
UP elections 2022 will be held in seven phases – February 10, 14, 20, 23, 27, 3 and 7.
Ministers whose fate will be decided in the first phase include Shrikant Sharma, Suresh Rana, Sandeep Singh, Kapil Dev Agarwal, Atul Garg and Chowdhury Lakshmi Narain.
As many as 623 candidates are in the fray in the first stage and about 2.27 crore people are eligible to vote in this stage. In 2017, the BJP won 53 of the 58 seats, while the Samajwadi Party and the BSP each had two seats. One chair had gone to the Rashtriya Lok Dal.
UP elections 2022 are arguably the most contentious and politically important elections as it also has the most number of Lok Sabha seats which play a vital role in general elections. All political parties are conducting a major election campaign in Uttar Pradesh, with star campaigners drawing huge crowds at various rallies.
Here are the LIVE updates on Uttar Pradesh election 2022 1st stage voting:
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623 candidates in battle today
As many as 623 candidates are in the fray in the first stage and about 2.27 crore people are eligible to vote in this stage.
- The battle for Uttar Pradesh – reportedly the semi-finals for the 2024 general election – begins today.
- 58 constituencies in the crucial western part of the state, the center of farmers’ protests, go to the polls in a quadrangular contest.
- The votes will be counted on March 10.
- The results for the elections in four other states – Goa, Manipur, Punjab and Uttarakhand – will also be announced the same day.