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Elections 2012: Counting begins in UP

Fate of more than 6,500 candidates will be decided today as counting for all 403 assembly seats in Uttar Pradesh for which polling was held in seven-phases started here this morning.

March 06, 2012 / 09:40 AM IST

Fate of more than 6,500 candidates will be decided today as counting for all 403 assembly seats in Uttar Pradesh for which polling was held in seven-phases started here this morning. "Counting for all 403 seats has started at 8 AM and will continue till all results are announced amidst tight security arrangements," Chief Electoral Officer Umesh Sinha told PTI. The CEO has already directed the district level officers to ensure foolproof security in and around counting centres. He said that 100 metre periphery of all counting centres have been declared no vehicles zone. The fate of 6,839 candidates, who are in fray for 403 seats in the state will be decided. In last assembly elections held in 2007, 6,086 candidates contested the polls.

Today's result would decide who will be the king and who will be the king maker in this politically volatile state. Stakes are high for all the major political parties including BJP, BSP, SP and Congress-RLD alliance as there was multicornered contest on a number of seats. The results would decide stature of stalwarts like Union Ministers Beni Prasad Verma, Sriprakash Jaiswal, Salman Khurshid, Incharge of Congress' in UP Digvijay Singh, Mulayam Singh Yadav and his son Akhilesh Yadav, Uma Bharati and Mayawati. This would also decide how much jailed former minister Babu Singh Kushwaha's factor worked, which campaigned in favour of BJP candidates, who worked specially in Bundelkhand region. Following reports of exit polls, mood is upbeat in SP, but how many seats the party would get in reality would become clear after counting is over. Various exit polls have predicted 180-210 seats to Mulayam Singh Yadav led party. MORE

first published: Mar 6, 2012 09:12 am

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