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47% average turnout in bypoll, Gangoh clocks highest at 60%

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The Times Of India
22nd October, 2019 06:59 IST

LUCKNOW: Voting in the 11 assembly seats in the state passed off peacefully on Monday, recording an average turnout of 47.05%.

The Jat-Muslim dominated constituency of Gangoh in Saharanpur recorded the highest poll percentage of 60.3% followed by

BSP bastion of Jalalpur in Ambedkarnagar and Zaidpur in Barabanki where 58.8% and 58% votes were polled, respectively.

The lowest turnout of 28.53% was recorded in Lucknow Cantonment seat. Gangoh seat is being considered crucial for all parties, keeping in view the high density of Muslims and Jats in the constituency. A high-stakes contest took place in Jalalpur seat, which got vacated following the election of BSP’s Ritesh Pandey to Lok Sabha.

The same is true for Zaidpur, where BJP fielded Ambrish Rawat, who was pitted against Akhilesh Ambedkar of BSP and Gaurav Rawat of SP. Congress fielded Tanuj Punia, who is the son of senior Congress leader PL Punia.

A low turnout of 32.60% was recorded in Kanpur’s Govindnagar seat, which was vacated following the election of BJP MLA Satyadev Pachauri to Lok Sabha. In Rampur, where a high-voltage contest took place between SP leader Azam Khan’s wife Tazeen Fatima and BJP’s Bharat Bhushan Gupta, the turnout was 44%. BSP and Congress fielded Muslim candidates, Zubair Masood Khan and Arshad Ali Khan, respectively.

Iglas reserved seat in Aligarh recorded a turnout of 36.2%. It was the only seat where SP and RLD entered into an alliance with the latter fielding Suman Diwakar as its candidate. Diwakar’s candidature was, however, rejected during filing of nomination. She, however, contested as an independent.

Ghosi recorded 51% turnout, while Balha reserved seat recorded a turnout of 52%. Manikpur assembly seat recorded a turnout of 52.10%. Pratapgarh seat recorded 44% turnout.

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