On Tuesday evening, campaigning for the sixth round of polling in Uttar Pradesh, which includes Gorakhpur Urban, where Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath is running, came to an end. On Thursday, polling will be held in these constituencies, which are spread across ten districts, from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Ambedkar Nagar, Balrampur, Siddharthnagar, Basti, Sant Kabir Nagar, Maharajganj, Gorakhpur, Kushinagar, Deoria, and Ballia are among the districts where polling would take place in this round.
The campaign for the sixth phase finished at 6 p.m., according to State Chief Electoral Officer Ajay Kumar Shukla, and all preparations for voting on Thursday have been completed.
Adityanath, who is running for the first time in the state assembly, state Congress president Ajay Kumar Lallu (Tamkuhi Raj), Swami Prasad Maurya, who resigned as a minister to join the Samajwadi Party (Fazilnagar), and Leader of the Opposition in the state assembly and senior Samajwadi Party leader Ram Govind Chaudhary are among the 676 candidates in this phase (Bansdih).
Against Adityanath, the Samajwadi Party (SP) has fielded the wife of late BJP leader Upendra Dutt Shukla.
Surya Pratap Shahi (Pathardeva), Satish Chandra Dwivedi (Itwa), Jai Pratap Singh (Bansi), Shree Ram Chauhan (Khajani), and Jai Prakash Nishad are the Uttar Pradesh ministers in the race (Rudrapur).
Surendra Singh, a sitting MLA from Bairia in Ballia who joined the VIP, a newcomer to Uttar Pradesh electoral politics, after being denied a ticket by the BJP, will also face the electorate in this phase.
These 57 seats, 11 of which are reserved, are vital for the BJP, which won 46 of them in 2017.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Home Minister Amit Shah, Yogi Adityanath, BJP president JP Nadda, SP chief Akhilesh Yadav, and Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi crisscrossed the polling areas to campaign for their respective parties.
Prime Minister Modi has labeled the BJP’s opponents as “ghor pariwarvadi” (staunch dynasties) who, he claims, will never be able to make India capable or empower Uttar Pradesh.
BJP was only against her family, according to Congress national secretary Priyanka Gandhi, who has refused to bend down to the saffron party.
During his campaigning on these seats, SP president Yadav accused the BJP of plotting a plot to remove reservations and sell government institutions to the private sector.
In this phase, there are more than 2.14 crore voters.