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12% votes cast in 2 hours in UP’s final phase



Lucknow : Impressive voter turn out has been recorded in the first two hours of polling in all the 40 seats in the seventh and final phase of the Uttar Pradesh assembly elections on Wednesday.

Approximately 12 per cent of the over 1.41 crore voters came out early to cast their votes as polling began at 7 a.m.

Maximum voting was reported from Bhadohi, the carpet exporting hub where 16 per cent voters cast their votes till 9 a.m., a poll official said.

In Sonbhadra, which is also a naxalite infested area 15 per cent polling was seen in the same time; followed by 13 per cent in Mirzapur, 12 per cent in Varanasi — the parliamentary constituency of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

While Jaunpur and Ghazipur recorded 10.5 per cent, followed by eight per cent in Chandauli.

A total of 535 candidates, including 51 women, are in fray for these assembly seats spread across seven districts of eastern Uttar Pradesh, known as Poorvanchal.

Nearly one and a half crore voters are eligible to exercise their franchise in the final phase of the assembly elections, including 76.87 lakh men and 64.99 lakh women. A total of 706 voters are of the third gender.

As many as 8,682 polling stations with 14,458 polling booths have been set up.

Polling will continue till 5 p.m. in 37 constituencies, whereas in Robertsganj, Duddhi in Sonbhadra district and Chakia segment in Chandauli will end by 4 p.m., an Election Commission official said.


Corona cases increasing, government advises all states and UTs to take precautions




Corona cases are increasing once again in the country; keeping in mind the government has become cautious. Along with the constant precaution, Corona guidelines are also being emphasized. In this context, Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla has written a letter to states and union territories to extend the Corona Guidelines by 31 March. In this letter, all the states said that to remove the epidemic completely, caution and strict monitoring needs to be maintained.

Urging the authorities to ensure compliance with the guidelines issued for the corona epidemic, Bhalla said that all activities have been permitted following the standard operating procedures (SOPs) issued by the concerned administrative ministry and department. He further reiterated that there would be no restriction on persons and goods for trade along the borders of neighboring countries.

The official said, ‘As you know, the number of active and new cases in the country has come down drastically in the last few months. However, to remove the epidemic completely, caution and strict monitoring are required to be maintained. ‘

For the past several days, cases are increasing in Maharashtra located in the country. The state government is also cautious about this. Instructions have also been given to show the Corona Negative Report to the people arriving there. This state is the most infected in the country. At the same time, India remains the second-most infected country in the world, whereas the first-ranked country is the United States.

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