Elections for the 403 meeting constituencies in Uttar Pradesh will likely be held in seven phases beginning February 10, the Election Fee stated as we speak, saying the polling dates in 5 states. Nearly all of phases will likely be in February, when the third wave of Covid is predicted to peak.
The polling dates will likely be February 10, 14, 20, 23, 27, March 3 and seven. The counting of votes will happen on March 10, the Election Fee stated.
To make sure security, the Election Fee has banned all bodily rallies and conferences until January 15, saying the choice will likely be reviewed after that in view of the “dynamic” floor state of affairs.
The Fee additionally expressed hope that the vaccination programme within the poll-bound states could be ramped up by then.
For Uttar Pradesh, which bore the brunt of the second wave of Covid final 12 months, that may be a robust ask.
Whereas 90 per cent individuals within the state have acquired their first vaccine dose, solely 52 per cent individuals have acquired their second dose. Reaching the crucial 90 per cent double vaccination determine inside a month is seen as a tricky problem within the nation’s largest and most populous state.
The battle for Uttar Pradesh will likely be multi-cornered, the place the BJP is pushing for a second time period in energy. The get together, which received 312 seats in 2017, is hoping to up the determine amid anti-incumbency and criticism of the Yogi Adityanath authorities over its dealing with of the second wave of Covid final 12 months.
The BJP’s huge challenger would be the Akhilesh Yadav-led Samajwadi Celebration, which has constructed a community with smaller events to seize area of interest voters. The SP chief, whose rallies have been drawing more and more greater crowds, has shaped tie-ups with Janwadi Celebration (Socialist), Om Prakash Rajbhar’s SBSP, Keshav Dev Maurya’s Mahan Dal, the Apna Dal faction led by Krishna Patel and Jayant Chowdhury’s Rashtriya Lok Dal.
The Congress can be within the working, and is predicted to divide the Muslim voter base of the Samajwadi Celebration.
In a primary, Arvind Kejriwal’s Aam Aadmi Celebration – out to increase its footprint outdoors Delhi and Punjab — is contesting all seats.
“We welcome the competition of democracy,” Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath tweeted after the Election Fee’s announcement. “With the blessings of the individuals and on the idea of the double engine authorities’s achievements, the BJP will type its authorities with an awesome majority,” he posted in Hindi.
Samajwadi chief Akhilsh Yadav additionally welcomed the announcement. “Revolution will occur on tenth March. Uttar Pradesh will change,” he tweeted.