UP Election 2017 updates: 64.2% polling recorded in 1st phase of UP polls

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Lucknow, Feb 11: The battle for the Uttar Pradesh assembly election 2017 begins on Saturday, as people are all set to cast their votes for the first phase of the seven-round polls. Seventy three assembly seats of Uttar Pradesh spread across 15 districts are set to go for polls on Saturday amid elaborate security arrangements. A total of 2.60 crore voters, including over 1.17 crore women and 1,508 belonging to third gender category are eligible to cast their ballots in 26,823 polling stations to decide the fate of 839 candidates.

UP Election 2017 LIVE: About 52.90% votes polled till 3 pm

The first phase of polling will decide the electoral fortunes of Pankaj Singh (Noida seat), son of Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Congress Legislature Party leader Pradeep Mathur (Mathura) against whom BJP spokesman Srikant Sharma is in fray, Mriganka Singh (Kairana), daughter of BJP MP Hukum Singh and controversial BJP MLAs Sangeet Som and Suresh Rana - Sardhana and Thanabhawan respectively.

Former BJP state president Lakshmikant Bajpai (Meerut), RJD chief Lalu Prasad's son-in-law Rahul Singh (SP) from Sikandarabad, and Sandeep Singh, grandson of Rajasthan Governor Kalyan Singh from Atrauli are among other key figures in this phase.

Elaborate security arrangements have been made in all districts for the polls which are being seen as a litmus test for Prime Minister Narendra Modi's nearly three-year rule.

Muzaffarnagar was hit by violent riots in 2013 which claimed dozens of lives. Read OneIndia.com's extensive coverage HERE.

In the high-stake polls, the main contest is between the Bharatiya Janata Party, the Samajwadi Party-Congress alliance and the Bahujan Samaj Party.

Read here what is at stake:

1. Big test for Prime Minister Narendra Modi's decision on demonetisation. BJP will look to return to power in UP after 15 years.

2. Has the family feud helped Aklhilesh Yadav. Will Akhilesh be able to retain power.

3. Has the BSP managed to rope in the minority vote. After a dull campaign can the BSP return to power?

4. Big test for the Congress which has allied with the SP. Will this election launch Priyanka Gandhi into the big political space.

Here we bring you the live updates:

8.35 pm: Polling in UP recorded as -
Bulandshahar 65%
Aligarh 64.66%
Mathura 65%
Firozabad 64%
Shamli 67%
Agra 63.88%
Hapur 66%

7.50 pm: 64.2 % voting recorded in first phase of Uttar Pradesh assembly elections.

07.00 pm: 63% voter turnout (tentative) in first phase of Uttar Pradesh election: Election commission.

06.38 pm: 63 per cent voting recorded till 5 pm.

05.05 pm: Polling time for Uttar Pradesh elections phase 1 ends.

03.42pm:  About 45 per cent votes were today cast till 2 PM in 73 Assembly constituencies in the first of the seven-phase Uttar Pradesh polls.

01.48 pm: Overall voting percentage in Uttar Pradesh elections 1st phase at 1pm is 39.43%

01.42 pm: Voting percentage till 1 PM

01.36 pm: PM Narendra Modi addressing a rally in Budaun, Uttar Pradesh

01.23 pm: 30 per cent votes polled till noon

12.19 am: Total voting percentage till 11 am is 24.5 per cent

12:00 am: 29 percent polling in Shamli till 11 am

11:52 am: 28.76% voting in Agra and 20% in Noida till 11 am

11.47 am: I am getting positive reports about the wave in BSP's favour in the first phase of the polls says Mayawati

11.45 am: Only BSP can provide an ideal Govt in UP says Mayawati

11.20 am: The BJP won all the three MLC seats in Kanpur, Gorakhpur and Bareilly where assembly elections are currently underway : Poll facts

11.10 am: He Likes Peeping Into Others' Bathrooms': Rahul Gandhi's Jibe At PM Narendra Modi

11.00 am: It's not good to be too angry, Akhilesh on PM Modi's outburst against the Samajwadi Party-Congress alliance. 

10:48 am: PM Modi is unable to answer on security, jobs, unemployment and that why he is distracting people: Rahul

10:44 am: PM Modi is nervous as he failed to live up to his promises: Rahul

10:34 am: Akhilesh Yadav announced Rs 1,000 pension for 1 Cr poor families, Food for Rs 10, Electricity, drinking water and roads in 5 years in every village, free cycle to girl students from class 9 to 12 standard and for promising boy student.

10.28 am: Congress VP Rahul Gandhi and UP CM Akhilesh Yadav address media in Lucknow

10:20 am: Police detain Gagan Som, brother of BJP candidate Sangeet Som for carrying a pistol inside poll booth in Sardhana town in Meerut district

10.10 am: 10.56 per cent polling recorded in first phase of polling in UP till 9 am

10.03 am: Voting percentage recorded till 9 am:
Mathura- 9%
Greater Noida- 8.9%
Kasganj- 12.5 %
Meerut- 11%
Muzaffarnagar- 15%
Ghaziabad- 13%
Hathras- 11%
Baghpat- 8 %
Ferozabad- 12%
Hapur- 10%
Shamli- 18%
Aligarh- 9%
Agra-12.8%

9.38 am: 15 per cent polling in Muzaffarnagar till 9 am

9.31 am: 10.5 per cent voting in Aligarh and 12 per cent in Bulandshar till 9 am

9.20 am: BJP MLA and Sardhana candidate Sangeet Som after casting his vote in Meerut

8.54 am: Massive security is in place in Uttar Pradesh. Security personnel at every nook and corner to ensure peaceful polling

8.45 am: Baghpat: Voters in Baraut given roses by EC officials

8.44 am: Ghaziabad's Sahibabad is the largest constituency in terms of electorate

8.41 am: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav and Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi likely to hold a joint press conference today.

8.34 am: Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav urges voters to caste their vote.

8.31 am: PM Narendra Modi urges the people of Uttar Pradesh to vote

8.28 am: People after casting their votes in Bulandshahr

8.10 am: According to the Election Commission, Etah's Jalesar is the smallest constituency in terms of electorate.

8.00 am: BJP Mathura candidate Shrikant Sharma casts his vote, reports ANI.

7.50 am: Tight security across western Uttar Pradesh where polls are underway.

7.40 am: Voters flaunt inked fingers for camerpersons outside polling booths.

7.30 am: According to media reports, polling got delayed in booth no.42 in Mathura's Govardhan, and in booth nos. 119 and 120 in Baghpat, as electronic voting machines did work.

7.25 am: Women polling agents at Bhatta Parasauk in Greater Noida complain of poor infrastructure and basic amenities.

7.20 am: Polling underway in Noida Sector 15A.

7.15 am: Polling underway in sensitive Dadri: ANI

7.05 am: Voting begins for the first phase of UP polls.

6.50 am: Voting for the first phase of UP polls to begin shortly.

6.40 am: Voters were seen waiting outside polling booths. 

Here is what happened in 2012:

SP won 224 seats with a vote share of 29.13 per cent
BJP won 47 with vote share of 15 per cent
BSP bagged 80 with 25.91 per cent vote share
Congress won 28 seats with vote share of 11.65 per cent

How Western UP voted in 2012:

The SP and BSP won 24 seats with vote share of 23.1 per cent and 28.6 per cent respectively
The BJP won 11 seats with a 16.3 vote share
Congress won 5 with 9.1 per cent vote share
RLD bagged 9 seats with a vote share of 10.7 per cent

Here are the districts that are polling today:

Bulandshahr
Aligarh
Mathura
Shamli
Ghaziabad
Gautam Buddha Nagar
Hapur
Hathras
Muzaffarnagar
Baghpat
Meerut
Agra
Firozabad
Etah
Kasganj

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