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15 per cent voter turnout till noon in UP polls

Around 15 per cent of the voters exercised their franchise till noon in the sixth phase of elections in 52 Uttar Pradesh constituencies, spread over nine districts, amid reports of poll boycott.

Lucknow, May 3 : Around 15 per cent of the voters exercised their franchise till noon in the sixth phase of elections in 52 Uttar Pradesh constituencies, spread over nine districts, amid reports of poll boycott.

A group of Hindu hermits in Varanasi boycotted the polls, saying they had lost interest in the ballot. They said they would rather spend time singing devotional songs and praying."We are not interested in the polls because the political leaders are not working for the country, they are self-centred. They want to work for their own good. They do nothing at all. So, we have lost all interest in elections," said Bihari Lal, a saint. Meanwhile, polling is being held in places like Allahabad, Varanasi, Sonebhadra, Chandauli and Mirzapur districts.

Some of the prominent candidates, whose fate will be decided, include State Minister Ujjwal Raman Singh, State BJP Chief Kesri Nath Tripathi, Apna Dal President Sonelal Patel and All India Mahila Congress president Reeta Bahuguna Joshi.

Over 1.63 crore voters, including 88.7 lakh male and 75.2 lakh female, will decide the fate of 785 candidates.

About 8,210 polling centres and 15,508 polling booths have been set up for polls. Over 17,800 EVMs will be used in voting.

The by-elections to the two Lok Sabha constituencies of Robertsganj and Mirzapur are also taking place today.

Over 6,500 central paramilitary personnel have been deployed to prevent untoward incidents.

In the 2002 elections, the Samajwadi Party secured 20 seats, the BSP - 15, BJP - 11, the Apna Dal - 3, the Congress - 1, Independent - 1 and CPM - 1.

The final phase of the polling will be held on May 8 when voting for 59 assembly segments will be held.

Counting of votes is due on May 11 and results are expected on the same day.

ANI

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