Round 4: Close To 50 Per Cent Polling In UP Till 3 PM; BJP Looking To Repeat Sweeps Of 2017 And '19; Congress Desperately Defending Raebareli

by Swarajya Staff - Feb 23, 2022 04:25 PM +05:30 IST
Round 4: Close To 50 Per Cent Polling In UP Till 3 PM; BJP Looking To Repeat Sweeps Of 2017 And '19; Congress Desperately Defending Raebareli Uttar Pradesh Elections 2022

Voting for the fourth phase of assembly elections is underway in Uttar Pradesh. Today, 59 constituencies, across nine districts are holding elections. These nine districts are in the central part of the State, from the northern end to the south.

According to the State Election Commission, the average polling percentage till 1 pm today was 37.45 per cent.

The main challenger to the incumbent BJP in the region is the the Samajwadi Party. The BSP and the Congress are fighting it alone this time.

In 2012, the BJP won only four of the 59 constituencies polling today. The SP won 39; the BSP, 12; the Congress, three; and two seats were picked up by others.

The 2014 Lok Sabha elections saw a stark reversal and the BJP led in 42 of the 59 constituencies going to polls today. The BSP led in eight, the Congress in seven and the SP in two.

In the 2017 assembly elections, the BJP then picked up 50 of these 59; the Apna Dal (BJP ally) picked up one; the SP, four and two each were won by the BSP and the Congress.

In the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, when the SP-BSP-RLD were in an alliance, the BJP still led in 51 of the 59 constituencies and the Opposition alliance led in three. The Congress led in five.

Uttar Pradesh will see election in seven phases with the last date of polling on 7 March and counting of votes on 10 March.

The next round of polling in the State will be on 27 February.

Also read:

-Western UP: Will RLD be able to upset the BJP applecart?

-In numbers: Where RLD stands in 19 seats allocated to it in the first list

-In numbers: Just how formidable the BJP has become in Uttar Pradesh

-In maps: Why Uttar Pradesh 2022 will very likely be a bipolar affair

-Ground report from Western UP: Will splintering of BSP's core support base and non-Yadav OBCs save the day for BJP against SP-RLD’s Muslim-Jat-Yadav combine?

-Ground report: Are elections in Western UP decided completely by Jats? Will they be kingmakers in 'UP 2022'?

-No more strategic voting, it’s wholesale strategic shift to SP for Muslims in Western UP

-What will it take for BJP to lose in Uttar Pradesh—and will it?

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