Elections for 403 assembly constituencies in Uttar Pradesh will be held in seven phases starting February 10, the Election Commission said today, announcing polling dates in five states. Most of the stages will take place in February, when the third wave of Covid is expected to rise to the top.
Voting dates are March 10, 14, 20, 23, 27, 3 and 7. The vote count will be held on March 10, the Election Commission said.
To ensure safety, the Election Commission has banned all physical gatherings and meetings until January 15, saying the decision would be reviewed in light of the “dynamic” ground situation.
The commission further hoped that the immunization program in the vote-bound states could be extended by then.
For Uttar Pradesh, which was hit by the second wave of Kovid last year, this is a difficult question.
Although 90 percent of people in the state received their first dose of the vaccine, only 52 percent received their second dose. Reaching 90 per cent double vaccination numbers in a month is seen as a tough challenge in the country’s largest and most populous state.
The battle in Uttar Pradesh will be multifaceted, with the BJP pushing for a second term in power. The party, which won 312 seats in 2017, expects the number to rise amid opposition and criticism of the Yogi Adityanath government over its conduct of the second wave of Kovid last year.
The BJP’s main rival will be the Samajwadi Party, led by Akhilesh Yadav, who has formed a network with smaller parties to capture special voters. The SP leader, whose rallies are drawing a growing crowd, has formed alliances with Janwadi Party (Samajwadi), Om Prakash Rajvar’s SBSP, Keshab Dev Maurya’s Mahan Dal, Krishna Patel-led Apna Dal and Jayant Chowdhury’s Rashtriya Lok Dal. .
The Congress is also in the running, and the Socialist Party is expected to split the Muslim voter base.
For the first time, Arvind Kejriwal’s Aam Aadmi Party is vying for all the seats – to expand its footprint outside Delhi and Punjab.
Following the Election Commission’s announcement, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath tweeted, “We welcome the celebration of democracy.” “Based on the blessings of the people and the achievements of the double engine government, the BJP will form the government with an overwhelming majority,” he posted in Hindi.
Socialist leader Akhilesh Yadav also welcomed the announcement. “Revolution will happen on March 10. Uttar Pradesh will change,” he tweeted.