UP Polls Phase 7: All roads lead to Varanasi

UP Polls Phase 7: All roads lead to Varanasi

UP Polls Phase 7: All roads lead to Varanasi

Seven districts of eastern Uttar Pradesh, known as Poorvanchal, are going to polls today.

The BJP's sweep of the state was instrumental in its victory in the 2014 Lok Sabha election but the party has been marginalised by regional players in state politics.

Uttar Pradesh and Manipur are among the five States where crucial Assembly elections are being held mid-way through the five-year term of the Narendra Modi government at the Centre. The BSP has fielded its nominees for all seats.

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The high-voltage election campaign in Uttar Pradesh, one of the fiercest and crucial ones in recent times, came to an end on Friday evening. In Manipur, a first-time contesting party is also in the fray. For anyone who has travelled through Uttar Pradesh, PM Modi's popularity and the affection for chief minister Akhilesh Yadav were proved beyond doubts. Ban on exit polls in Uttar Pradesh was extended to March 9 by the Election Commission.

Joined by Akhilesh's wife Dimple, the two leaders held a roadshow, hours after Modi arrived in the city and paid obeisance at the Kashi Vishwanath and Kal Bhairav temples with much fanfare. "The BJP did not even get as many seats as the number of rallies addressed by the prime minister", Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala has been reminding the voters. Apart from Modi BJP has brought out all its big guns, appearing to line up all its Hindi-speaking ministers for the UP election campaign. Leading the list are the BSP's Bholanath from Mariyahu (Jaunpur) with declared assets worth of ₹51.02 crore, the BJP's Shuchimita Maurya Majhwan (Mirzapur) with declared assets worth ₹46.85 crore, and the SP's Subhash Pasi Saidpur (Ghazipur) with declared assets worth ₹40.82 crore.

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In Varanasi, the eight assembly constituencies that ill cast their vote in the seventh phase include Pindra, Ajagara, Shivpur, Rohaniya, Varanasi North, Varanasi South and Varanasi Cantt.

The SP-Congress combine's campaign strategist Prashant Kishor crafted a Varanasi-specific strategy with initiatives like 'Dard-e-Banaras, ' which highlighted the disillusionment among voters.

The election results will be declared on March 11.

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