Polling is on by and large peacefully in 51 Assembly constituencies spread over 11 districts of the state.
“Over 40 per cent polling was recorded till noon,” poll officials said here.
The exercise was slow in the first two hours but picked up pace gradually.
Prominent contestants in this phase include controversial minister Gayatri Prasad Prajapati from the ruling Samajwadi Party, who is facing Amita Singh from the Congress and BJP’s Garima Singh in Amethi, the Lok Sabha constituency of Rahul Gandhi.
Prajapati, against whom a FIR has been registered in an alleged rape case, said the people were with him and there was a strong wave in favour of the SP. “Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav will become the CM again,” he said.
Amita, wife of Congress leader Sanjay Singh, hoped people would support the best candidate “and I will definitely win”.
Garima, the first wife off Sanjay, on the other hand said there was no development in the constituency and people were facing problems. READ MORE