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‘Vote before breakfast’: PM urges people to cast their vote as UP polls kick-off

As the assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh begin today, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has urged all the voters in the state to participate in the “holy festival of democracy” by exercising their franchise.

“Today is the first phase of voting in the Uttar Pradesh assembly elections. I request all the voters to participate enthusiastically in this holy festival of democracy by following the rules of COVID-19. Remember – Vote first, then refreshments!” said PM Modi in a tweet (roughly translated from Hindi).


Voting for the first phase of the Uttar Pradesh elections on 58 assembly seats covering 11 districts began at 7 am today. The voting will conclude at 6 pm today.

The districts that are going to the polling today include Mathura, Muzaffarnagar, Meerut, Ghaziabad, Bulandshahar, Hapur, Shamli, Baghpat, Aligarh, Agra and Gautam Buddha Nagar.

As many as 623 candidates are in the fray in the first phase of the assembly polls while nearly 2.27 crore voters will decide the fate of these candidates.

The police have sealed the borders of the State and strict vigilance is underway to maintain peace in 58 assembly constituencies which will go to the polls today.

The 403-member Uttar Pradesh Assembly is scheduled to go to the polls in seven phases. The counting of votes will take place on March 10.

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