It's BJP vs Congress as Uttarakhand goes to polls today

It's BJP vs Congress as Uttarakhand goes to polls today

It said the figure registered till 5 PM was likely to go up in both the states and that it may touch 70 per cent in Uttarakhand.

"The polling was 65.5 per cent till 5 pm and was continuing", Deputy Election Commissioner Vijay Dev told reporters New Delhi.

Electorate in 69 assembly constituencies of Uttarakhand and 67 of western UP will cast their votes to decide the fate of 628 and 720 candidates, respectively.

Votes were cast today in Uttarkhand, with the state seeing unprecedented polling.

The districts where polling is on, amid tight security arrangements, are Saharanpur, Bijnor, Moradabad, Sambhal, Rampur, Bareilly, Amroha, Pilibhit, Kheri, Shahjahanpur and Badaun.

The polling party set out on February 12 to reach the polling booth in Dhumak in Badrinath assembly constituency, which lies in Chamoli district, and reached late on February 14.

UP is voting in the second of seven phases of polling. Polling for Karnprayag seat has been postponed for March 9, following the death of BSP candidate Kuldeep Singh Kanwasi in a road mishap. However, rebel candidates of both the parties are in the fray as independents in several seats and may upset the calculations of the official nominees of their respective parties.

In Uttarakhand, the main contestants were the ruling Congress and the BJP, which is hoping to return to power in the state.

The state had recorded 67.22 per cent voting in 2012 elections.

Manipur will have polling in two phases on March 4 and 8. On request of the party leadership, the poll panel made a decision to hold the elections on March 9.

With Chief Minister Harish Rawat contesting in Haridwar Rural in Haridwar and Kichha in Udham Singh Nagar, the caste-based division of votes prevalent in the two agrarian districts could have a bearing on the result. It may be recalled that anti-incumbency has forever been a key factor in Uttarakhand assembly polls.