Bjp eager to repeat 2017 show, faces tough challenge in Balrampur


Elections for the sixth phase for 57 assembly seats in Uttar Pradesh, including Gorakhpur Urban from where Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath is in the fray, will be held on March 3. Spread over 10 districts, voting in these constituencies will take place from 7 a.m. until 6 p.m. on Thursday. The districts where polling is to take place in this phase include Ambedkar Nagar, Balrampur, Siddharthnagar, Basti, Sant Kabir Nagar, Maharajganj, Gorakhpur, Kushinagar, Deoria and Ballia. Among the 676 candidates running in this phase are Adityanath, who is contesting his first election to the assembly, State Congress Speaker Ajay Kumar Lallu (Tamkuhi Raj), Swami Prasad Maurya, who left his post as minister to join the Samajwadi Party (Fazilnagar), and leader of the opposition in the state assembly and senior leader of the Samajwadi party, Ram Govind Chaudhary (Bansdih). The Samajwadi Party (SP) aligned the wife of late Upendra Dutt Shukla, a former BJP leader, against Adityanath.

First post: STI


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