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80 % voting in U.P. Council polls

Polling to elect 36 representatives from 35 local body constituencies to the Uttar Pradesh Vidhan Parishad (Legislative Council) passed off peacefully on Thursday.

Eighty per cent polling was recorded in the elections held in all 71 districts of the State. The Mathura-Etah-Mainpuri constituency sends two elected members.

Additional Director-General of Police (Law and Order) Brij Lal told reporters here that no untoward incident was reported.

Election Commission sources said there was some commotion at Pratapgarh, where four of the 17 nominated members of six town areas were not allowed to vote.

Chief Minister and Bahujan Samaj Party president Mayawati cast her vote in the Lucknow Nagar Nigam. She is a member of the Vidhan Parishad. Samajwadi Party president Mulayam Singh and Leader of the Opposition in the Vidhan Sabha Shivpal Singh Yadav voted at Safai, the native village of the Yadav family.

The BSP contested the elections from all 36 seats. The Samajwadi Party fielded its candidates in 32 seats. The Bharatiya Janata Party and the Congress put up their nominees in 23 and 21 seats. The votes will be counted on January 9, and the results are expected the same day.

The Samajwadi Party and the Congress have accused the BSP of misusing official machinery, intimidating voters and capturing booths at some places.

In a statement, Samajwadi Party spokesman Rajendra Chaudhary said his party supporters were prevented from voting and demanded re-poll in Nawabganj and Ganjmuradabad (Unnao), Aliganj in Etah and Rewtipur in Ghazipur.

Congress spokesman Dwijendra Tripathi alleged that at Mawana in Meerut, BSP MLAs and MPs resorted to booth capturing and intimidation. The Congress supporters were prevented from entering the booths at Rae Bareli, Moradabad, Unnao and Bahraich.

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