An estimated 43 per cent of the 1 point 72 crore electorate exercised their franchise till 14:00 hrs today in the sixth round of Uttar Pradesh Assembly polls, underway in 49 seats of the state.
According to state Chief Electoral Officer T Vekentesh, the official polling figure till 09:00 hrs was around 11 per cent which rose to 23.28 per cent at 11:00 hrs and touched 37.85 per cent at 13:00 hrs. The voting percentage at 1400 hrs was around 43 per cent.
The voting in the eastern part of the state was progressing on a peaceful note barring in Ballia, where an incident of clash was reported between SP and BSP workers. However, no injuries were reported. Gorakhpur BJP MP Yogi Adityanath, who exercised his franchise in Gorakhpur told reporters that BJP was coming to power in UP.
Except for some teething problems in the EVMs in around a dozen of booths, the polling started on a brisk note at 07:00 hrs and will conclude at 1700 hrs. Mau district registered a record 40.25 per cent turnout , the highest till 13:00 hrs, while Ballia district witnessed the lowest at 35.86 per cent. At 13:00 hrs, the average polling percentage districts wise were Azamgarh- 37.80, Ballia- 35.86, Deoria- 36.24, Gorakhpur- 37.16, Kushinagar- 39.50, Maharajganj- 40.00 and Mau- 40.25 per cent.