Over 36 per cent voter turnout recorded in Uttar Pradesh till 1 PM
Over 36.62 per cent voters exercised their franchise in the first six hours in Uttar Pradesh, where polling is going on in 12 seats in the third phase to decide fate of 188 candidates.
Hathras witnessed 37 per cent polling in the first four hours while Mathura and Agra recorded 40.3 and 41 per cent polling respectively.
Voters in the city of Mathura in Uttar Pradesh, line up to vote at a local polling station on April 24, 2014. Photo: AFP
Fatehpur Sikri recorded 39.6 per cent polling, Firozabad 40.86 per cent, Mainpuri 34.4 per cent, Etah 32.8 per cent, Hardoi 34 per cent, Farukhabad 37.2 per cent, Etawah 32.28 per cent, Kannauj and Akbarpur had 36.5 and 33.52 per cent respectively.
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, SP supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav, senior cabinet minister Shivpal Singh Yadav exercised their vote along with their family members in Etawah. Union Minister Salman Khurshid exercised his franchise at a polling centre at a Pitaura in Farukkhabad.
Meanwhile, in-charge of Merapur police station Ram Sajeevan Yadav has been suspended with immediate effect on allegation of partiality during the polling.
A complaint was received from former minister Narendra Singh Yadav father of rebel Samajwadi Party candidate Sachin Yadav's and the electoral observer report was sought, SP Alankrita Singh said.
She said that after receiving the report from the observer, Ram Sajeevan was suspended with immediate effect. Earlier Narendra Yadav had a confrontation with Subodh Yadav son of SP candidate Rameshwar Yadav at Samtuia polling centre.
According to a report, electorates boycotted polling in Totalpur, Adampur, Shyamnagar and Agnipur villages in Firozabad district to protest against lack of development. Similarly in Auraiya district of Etawah Lok Sabha electorate of Shala and Ratnipur villages also boycotted election.