The population in western Uttar Pradesh came out in support of the Bharatiya Janata Party in the first phase of the state's 2017 assembly elections on Saturday. The election was held in 73 constituencies with as many as 839 candidates in the fray, with politicians having exerted full effort to attract large number of voters with their respective manifestos.
The state awaits six more polling phases to be held on February 15, 19, 23 and 27 and on March 4 and 8, while the final counting will place on March 11.
February 11's polling saw a beeline of voters casting in favour of BJP. With this rapidly changing ground situation, it was clear that BJP is a step nearer party to forming a ruling government in India's biggest state.
The outcome of first phase of UP elections is exhibiting a clear divide among major parties - the BJP, the BSP, SP-Cong and RLD in the region. Given its brilliant performance in 2014 Lok Sabha polls, the assembly elections this time are crucial for the BJP. Gpong by the large crowds at the polling booths, it looks like the BJP is going to gain on most seats - the BJP booths had the longest queues.
This time, the swing in the vote-share towards BJP was higher than that shown towards Congress in recent past. Now it is to be seen whether the BJP's precarious position will continue to remain the same or will it change its strategy in the next phase.