UP Chief Electoral Officer Umesh Sinha told reporters that an average 59.06 percent polling was recorded in the fourth phase, which was 11.26 percent higher as compared to 47.8 per cent in 2009 elections.
    
He said that Dhaurahra witnessed 66.6 percent polling while Sitapur and Mishrikh recorded 66.4 and 57.74 percent, respectively.
    
Unnao recorded 56.37 percent polling, Mohanlalganj 61.17 percent, Lucknow 54.35 percent, Rae Bareli 52.6 percent, Kanpur 54 percent, Jalaun 55.28 percent, Jhansi 70.4 percent, Hamirpur 55.6 percent, Banda 54.47 percent, Fatehpur 58.58 percent and Barabanki recorded 63.9 percent polling.
    
He said that during polling held between 7 am to 6 pm 59.06 percent of the 2.46 crore electorate, including 1.12 crore women, sealed fate of 233 candidates at 25,485 polling centres.
    
He said that in Sitapur an FIR has been lodged against SP MLA Rampal Yadav after he entered into an altercation with CRPF jawan Dharampal Singh at Nauabehad polling booth in Biswan area.
    
He said that in Jhansi some persons pelted stones at the vehicle of Anirrudh Sharma, son of BSP candidate Anuradha Sharma, in Raksa area after which an FIR was lodged.
    
Sinha said that two polling staff, including a sector magistrate, died due to cardiac arrest during polling for the fourth phase in Unnao and Sitapur districts.
    
Executive Engineer B L Sharma, who was posted as sector magistrate at Basdhana polling centre in Unnao, died due to cardiac arrest during election duty, he said.
    
Similarly, primary school teacher Harishanker Shukla (54), who was deployed as alphabet locater at the polling centre at Hindu Kanya Mahavidyalaya in Sitapur, died due to cardiac arrest during election duty.
    
UP Governor B L Joshi, BSP supremo Mayawati, Congress candidate from Lucknow Rita Bahuguna Joshi, BJP president Rajnath Singh and party leader Kalraj Mishra were among those who exercised their franchise.
    
This phase has sealed the fate of Congress president Sonia Gandhi, BJP president Rajnath Singh, Union Coal Minister Sriprakash Jaiswal and former BJP president Murli Manohar Joshi, Union minister Pradeep Jain Aditya, former MP CM Uma Baharti, Union minister Jitin Prasada from Dhaurahra and chairman of National SC Commission P L Punia.
    
This phase is specially important for Congress as of 22 seats won by the party in 2009 Lok Sabha polls seven were from this phase. SP won in four seats, BSP two and BJP only one.
    
Sinha said that bypoll for Unnao and Fatehpur Assembly seats was also held with the fourth phase Lok Sabha elections.
    
He said 63 per cent and 59 per cent polling was recorded for two Assembly seats respectively. These two seats fell vacant following demise of SP MLAs Deepak Kumar from Unnao and Syed Kasim Hassan from Fatehpur.

(Agencies)

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Uttar Pradesh: Nearly 37 percent polling recorded so far

 

Lucknow: Nearly 37 percent voters exercised their franchise till 1 pm in Uttar Pradesh, where polling is underway in 14 seats to decide the fate of 233 candidates.

         

UP Governor B L Joshi, BSP supremo Mayawati, Congress candidate from Lucknow Rita Bahuguna Joshi, BJP president Rajnath Singh and party leader Kalraj Mishra were among those who exercised their franchise.

         

Dhaurahra witnessed 44.2 percent polling in the first four hours while Sitapur and Mishrikh recorded 39.8 and 34.4 percent polling respectively.

         

Unnao recorded 32.71 percent polling, Mohanlalganj 36 percent, Lucknow 34.1 percent, Rae Bareli 30.4 percent, Kanpur 35.68 percent, Jalaun 34.6 percent, Jhansi 44.2 percent, Hamirpur 36.71 percent, Banda 33.14 percent, Fatehpur and Barabanki had 40.1 and 39.15 percent respectively.

         

In Sitapur an FIR has been lodged against SP MLA Rampal Yadav after he entered into an altercation with CRPF jawan Dharampal Singh at Nauabehad polling booth in Biswan area.

         

The fate of 233 candidates will be decided by 2.46 crore voters that include 1.34 crore men and 1.12 crore women.

         

A total of 25,485 polling centres have been set up in which 3554 have been identified as critical. The focus would be on Rae Bareli and Lucknow seats from where Congress president Sonia Gandhi and BJP president Rajnath Singh are in the fray.

         

Gandhi, who is contesting from Rae Bareli, has no major contestant against her with the Samajwadi Party deciding not to field its candidate against her.

         

The Lucknow seat, which is in the limelight with the entry of the BJP's national president, is set to witness a tricky contest.

         

Rajnath, who is facing a four-cornered fight, has two tasks at hand - first to maintain the legacy of former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee and second to ensure a victory margin matching with his political stature.

         

Meanwhile, British High Commissioner James David Bevan reached Lucknow on Wednesday and visited a number of polling centres to see the polling exercise.

         

He is also scheduled to visit the Rae Bareli parliamentary constituency.

         

The District Magistrate of Rae Bareli, Aditi Singh, had informed that Bevan would visit polling booth at Dayanand PG College in Bachrawan town to see the polling process for the Lok Sabha elections.

         

After this, he would visit polling centre at Kendriya Vidyalaya at Gora Bazar in Rae Bareli city, she said.


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