October 2, 2022

modi: Election round up: Heavy turnout in UP, Uttarakhand and Goa; PM Modi makes strong development pitch in Punjab | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: The states of Uttar Pradesh, Goa and Uttarakhand saw a healthy turnout in the latest round on Monday while Prime Minister Narendra Modi made an emphatic development pitch in Punjab which votes on February 20.
This was the prime minister’s first visit to Punjab after his earlier visit when his convoy was stranded on a flyover in Ferozepur area.
The voting percentage for the second phase of Assembly polls in Uttar Pradesh was 61.06 per cent, while Uttarakhand and Goa, which had single-phase polling, recorded 59.51 per cent and 78.94 per cent, respectively, according to agency reports. The final turnout figures are expected to be higher.
Here is a look at the key political developments:
Uttar Pradesh
In Uttar Pradesh, where 55 seats across nine districts saw polling, the highest voting was in Saharanpur, at 67.52 per cent, and the lowest in Shahjahanpur at 55.20 per cent. Amroha district registered 66.15 per cent, Bareilly 58.82 per cent, Bijnor 62.11 per cent, Badaun 56.83 per cent, Moradabad 64.56 per cent, Rampur 62.31 per cent, and Sambhal 56.88 per cent.
Nearly 2.02 crore voters have voted to decide the fate of 586 contestants in the constituencies.
Uttarakhand
In Uttarakhand, the highest was in Haridwar 68.37 per cent and the lowest in Almora district at 50.65 per cent.
Bageshwar saw 57.83 per cent, Chamoli 59.28 per cent, Champawat 56.97 per cent, Dehradun 52.93 per cent, Nainital 63.12 per cent, Pauri Garhwal 51.93 per cent, Pithoragarh 57.49 per cent, Rudraprayag 60.36 per cent, Tehri Garhwal 52.66 per cent, Udham Singh Nagar 65.13 per cent and Uttarkashi district 65.55 per cent.
Uttarakhand is holding single phase polling for all its 70 Assembly seats, with a total of 82,66,644 voters deciding the fate of 632 candidates.
Goa
Goa registered a very high voter turnout of 78.94 per cent in polling for the 40 Assembly seats which passed off peacefully. The figure, offcials said, was preliminary and the final voter turnout figure may cross 80 per cent as electoral fate of 301 candidates were locked in EVMs which will be opened on March 10 for counting.
The highest voting was registered in the Sankhalim constituency in North Goa at 89.61 per cent, while the lowest voter turnout was 70.20 per cent at Benaulim in South Goa. Chief Minister Pramod Sawant is the BJP candidate from Sankhalim.
Three FIRs related to different incidents were registered during the day. In one of the incidents, the car of a person, who is related to a political leader, was set on fire at Bicholim.
Punjab
Asserting that the BJP-led alliance will form the next government in the state, Prime Minister Modi in Jalandhar said a new chapter of development will start and it will make all efforts to give the people a brighter future.
“In Punjab, the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) will form government. In Punjab, a new chapter of development will start. I want to assure people, especially the youth, that for their brighter future, we will not leave any stone unturned,” said Modi, who had on February 8 addressed a virtual rally for the polls.
The country is moving ahead with the pledge of a new India and it can be realised when there will be a “Nawa Punjab”, he said.
Modi also said he was unable to pay a visit to a temple here as local authorities could not make necessary arrangements.
Modi was addressing a physical poll rally, his first in Punjab since January 5 when he returned from the state without attending any event, including a public meeting, after his convoy got stuck on a flyover due to a blockade by protesters in Ferozepur.
“They said you leave by helicopter, such is the situation of the government here… But I will come here again and pay obeisance at the temple,” said Modi as he addressed the gathering ahead of the February 20 polls to the 117-member state assembly.
Meanwhile, Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi claimed that his helicopter was not allowed to fly for Hoshiarpur and Jalandhar because of the no-fly zone declared in the wake of Modi’s visit.
Manipur
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for the first time declared that incumbent chief minister N Biren Singh would be the CM if the party comes to power again after the assembly elections.
BJP spokesperson, and in-charge of Manipur, Sambit Patra while addressing an election gathering at Langthabal in Imphal West district, said the party would form the next government under the leadership of N Biren Singh.
“Due to his (Biren Singh’s) dynamic leadership and good governance, the BJP would get two-third majority (in the 60-member assembly) comfortably. His development mantra and efforts to establish peace in the state would facilitate the BJP to retain power,” Patra said.
(With newsagency inputs)

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