#7:00 AM: Polling begins for 49 seats in sixth phase of UP elections, and 38 assembly constituencies in first phase of Manipur polls.
The poll percentage for the valley can be treated as finalized as nearly all the polling officials have reached their respective district headquarters and reported to the DEOs. Mr Leichombam Erendro, candidate of the PRJA, Thangmeiband, who was assaulted by some persons at Thangmeiband, has filed a police report naming the suspects. Playing the saffron party's election song, "Thambal", the bus travelled in various parts of Imphal East and Imphal West districts. She will contest from Thoubal constituency in the second phase of the polling, to be held in 10 districts of the state on March 8.
Manipur has a direct face of between Congress and BJP, with Naga peace accord and three-month long economic blockade being the chief issues.
While there are 168 candidates in the fray for the 38 constituencies that went to polls on Saturday, only seven women candidates are in the fray. "We had urged him to take security but he refused", said the Chief Electoral Officer.
A total of 11,32,525 votes including 7084 service electors were eligible for casting votes in the first phase poll in which voting was conducted in 1643 stations located in 1291 locations. In view of the violent atmosphere, the election commission is using 280 personnel of the central paramilitary forces on election duty.
The Assembly segments of Gorakhpur Lok Sabha constituency, represented by firebrand BJP leader Yogi Adityanath, and Mau, where jailed gangster-turned-MLA Mukhtar Ansari is in fray, figure in this phase of UP polling. The high-voltage campaign witnessed BJP president Amit Shah holding a roadshow in Gorakhpur and other leaders, including SP president Akhilesh Yadav, Congress vice- president Rahul Gandhi addressing several meetings to wind up their canvassing.
Manipur Legislative Assembly Speaker Th Lokeswar, a Congress nominee fielded from Khundrakpam appealed to the electorate to choose the "best candidates" who are capable of ensuring good governance.
The districts going to polls today are Mau, Gorakhpur, Maharajganj, Kushinagar, Deoria, Azamgarh and Ballia. Notably, elections are being held in two phases in this state.
He said that the polling remained largely peaceful except one incident where suspected militants attacked one of the party candidates contesting the polls.
Soon after casting her first vote after almost two decades, at Khurai constituency, iconic rights activist Irom Sharmila said that she is confident about bringing change in Manipur. The UNC blocked the movement of goods through two National Highways to the plains of the State where the Meiteis, who are also BJP's key voter base, reside.