Sangeet Som's brother held for carrying gun inside polling booth

Voting for the first phase for Uttar Pradesh Assembly Elections 2017 began at 7 AM today.

Barring some stray incidents reported from Baghpat and Meerut, the election was by far peaceful.

Samajwadi Party and Bahujan Samaj Party workers came to a head, exchanged brickbats and even fired inteh air in Kithore segment.

BJP leader Sangeet Som's brother Sardhana was detained today morning in Faridpur for carrying pistol inside the polling booth. The security personnel deployed there frisked him and found a pistol in his possession. An FIR has been registered against Gagan under relevant Section of the IPC. Though there were reports of some minor incidents like clashes and firing, but it did not affect the polling anywhere.

In Meerut, firing took place near booth 34-37 at Mundali village in Kithore Assembly segment when supporters of SP and BSP fired at each other leaving one person injured.

A total of 2.60 crore voters, including over 1.17 crore women and 1,508 belonging to third gender category are eligible to cast their ballots in 26,823 polling stations to decide the fate of 839 candidates. BJP and BSP have fielded candidates in all 73 seats, while SP restricted it to 51 seats, its alliance Congress 24 seats and RLD in 57 seats. As many as 293 Independents are also in the fray.

Bhartiya Janta party MLA Sangeet Som who named in Muzaffarnagar Violence case in side the state assembly to attend first day of Assembly's winter session in Lucknow on thursday.

The districts where polling was held in this phase are Hapur, Shamli, Muzaffarnagar, Baghpat, Meerut, Ghaziabad, Gautam Buddha Nagar, Bulandshahr, Aligarh, Mathura, Hathras, Agra, Firozabad, Etah and Kasganj.

Notably, in the 2012 assembly elections the BJP had won 11 of the 73 seats.

  • Carolyn Briggs