Lucknow, Feb 27: Polling for electing block pramukhs started this morning in 64 districts of Uttar Pradesh, amid tight security arrangements.
State Election Commission (SEC) sources here said polling was underway on a peaceful note. Polling was being held from 1000 hrs to 1500 hrs while counting of votes would be taken up thereafter.
Meanwhile, a report from Rae Bareli said that a Block Development Committe (BDC) member Ramasrey Sharma was shot dead by unidentified assailants at Ramaipur village under Mohanganj police station late last night.
The deceased was a BDC member from Tiloi block in Rae Bareli district.
Police sources here said no untoward incident was reported from anywhere and the polling remained peaceful.
Yesterday taking strong action, the state election commission postponed polling in 14 blocks in view of complaints that state ministers are canvassing and using pressure tactics in support of their candidates. The 14 blocks included, Shahganj (Jaunpur), Sadar (Ghazipur), Nawabganj (Gonda), Sarwan Khera (Kanpur), Colonelganj (Gonda), Chatah (Rae Bareli), Sirpura (Etah), Tindwari (Banda), Gasandi (Balrampur), Harraiya (Basti), Gola (Gorakhpur) and Ramnagar (Bareilly).
SEC sources said Minister of State for Social Welfare Shailendra Yadav was found canvassing in Shahganj area, while Minister of State for Medical Education Vinod Kumar Singh alias Pandit Singh was caught canvassing in Nawabganj area. Other ministers and chairmen of various state corporations against whom complaints have been received by the SEC include Kailash Yadav, Yogesh Pratap Singh, Shiv Balak Pasi, Suraj Shakya, Vishambhar Prasad Nishad, SP Yadav, Mahesh Trivedi and Raj Kishore Singh.
Though the SEC has taken tough stand to implement the model code of conduct, but majority of ministers were indulging in practices contrary to the code.
Altogether there are 820 blocks in 70 districts of the state where the block pramukhs would be elected but in Mau district the elections has been postponed due to pendency of election for the Block Development Committee members.
The polls will be held in five other districts on March one.
A total of 65,000 BDC member would participate in the election process.