UP Election: Strict security arrangements for seventh phase polls

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Assembly Election 2022 Live Updates: Campaign wraps up for round seven of UP polls.

Uttar Pradesh is witnessing a four-way contest for this assembly election. As the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) under Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath seeks a second consecutive term, it is a battle to do or die for the Samajwadi Party led by Akhilesh Yadav and the BSP led by Mayawati . Uttar Pradesh voted alternately for the SP and the BSP before 2017 when the BJP won a stunning victory, dethroning the SP government. This time, the BJP hopes that the most populous state in the country will break this trend and vote overwhelmingly in favor, again securing a clear majority. Congress, which has steadily lost ground since its defeat in 2014, also expects a turnaround with General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra leading the campaign. Apart from Uttar Pradesh, Assembly polls are also held in Uttarakhand, Punjab, Manipur and Goa. Except for Punjab, the remaining states are ruled by the BJP. In accordance with the electoral commission’s timetable, the polls, which began on February 10 from Uttar Pradesh, will end on March 7 in the five states. The results will be announced simultaneously on March 10.

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