11 Lok Sabha seats in UP to go to polls

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Lucknow, Apr 16: 11 Lok Sabha seats of Uttar Pradesh will go to polls on Thursday as over 1.85 crore electorates will choose their representatives from 150 candidates, including Maneka Gandhi, Santosh Gangwar, Saleem Sherwani and Begum Noor Bano.

"In this second phase polling will be held in Moradabad, Rampur, Sambhal, Amroha, Badaun, Bareilly, Pilibhit, Shahjahanpur, Nagina, Aonla and Kheri," said Umesh Sinha, Chief Electoral Officer.

Of the 11 seats going to polls, four were held by SP, three by Congress and two by BJP during the last Lok Sabha polls in 2009.

"More than 1.85 crore electorates will decide the fate of 150 candidates, including stalwarts like former cabinet ministers Maneka Gandhi, Santosh Gangwar and Saleem Sherwani, Dharmendra Yadav, Begum Noor Bano," the officer said.

BJP leader Maneka Gandhi, who had won from Aonla seat last time, is contesting from her stronghold Pilibhit.

The nephew of SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav, Dharmendra Yadav, is in the fray to retain Badaun Lok Sabha seat.

Former MP Saleem Iqbal Sherwani is contesting from Aonla as Congress nominee.

Congress has fielded Begum Noor Bano from Moradabad seat, from where former cricketer Mohd Azharuddin was elected last time.

Bano's son Nawab Kazim Ali too is testing his luck from Rampur seat.

Former minister Santosh Gangwar is contesting on BJP ticket from Bareilly.

Shafeequrehman Barq, who won the last Lok Sabha poll from Sambhal on BSP ticket, is fighting on SP ticket this time.

Sinha said that in this phase 3,206 out of 18,975 polling centres have been identified as sensitive.

PTI

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