UP records 10.24 pc turnout till 0900 hrs

Lucknow, Apr 23 :  Around 10.24 per cent voter turnout was recorded in ten Lok Sabha seats of Uttar Pradesh in third phase of polling on Tuesday.
Badaun seat polled the highest of 11.30 per cent of polling and the lowest was recorded at Ferozabad of 8.68 per cent.
Reports of voters being prevented from coming out of the houses to vote were received from Rampur and Etah constituencies.
SP candidate from Rampur, Mohammad Azam Khan said, ‘I will be forced to resort to dharna, if the voters of a particular community supporting the alliance (mahagathbandhan) are intimidated .”

Mr Khan also alleged that 300 EVMs have been made ineffective so that the BJP candidate gets advantage in the elections.
Voters in Kasganj area of Etah Lok Sabha seat have complained of malfunctioning of EVMs in several booths.

However, stringent checking of the identity of he burka-clad women during voting also irked the people in some booths.
In the first two phases, BJP candidates have alleged that burka-clad voters are casting fake votes.
Senior leaders were among the first to cast their votes in several booths. In Saifai, under Mainpuri Lok Sabha seat, SP leader Ram Gopal Yadav along with his son and SP candidate Akshay Yadav were among the first ten voters at the model polling booth.
A presiding officer in Faridpur area of Aonla Lok Sabha seat died of heart attack just before the polling started.


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