Assembly Elections 2022: Voting underway in Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Goa; 165 seats in fray


Voting is underway in three states namely Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Goa for the assembly polls covering 165 seats. While this is the second phase of elections for Uttar Pradesh, the polling process will conclude in Goa and Uttarakhand in a single-phase today.

Voting is taking place for 55 seats in the second phase of the UP polls today. The state had gone for polls for 58 seats of Western Uttar Pradesh in the first phase.

Uttarakhand has 70 seats, while Goa assembly has 40 seats.

The BJP had won 38 out of these 55 seats in Uttar Pradesh in 2017. In Uttarakhand, the BJP had won the elections in Uttarakhand in 2017 dislodging the then Chief Minister Harish Rawat from his chief minister’s post.

However, the Hindutva party has had to change three chief ministers as it feared growing resentment over its poor governance in the hilly state.

In Goa, the BJP had performed badly five years ago, winning only 13 out of 40 seats but the party managed to form its government by engineering a split in the Congress and taking support from smaller parties. This year, the Congress and the Goa Forward Party have come together to contest the polls.

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  • Polling officials seal Electronic Voting Machines (EVM) and VVPATs after conclusion of second phase of Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections; visuals from a polling booth in Rampur Assembly constituency. (ANI)

  • Uttar Pradesh | Indian cricketer Mohammed Shami cast his vote during the second phase of Assembly elections in Amroha

My appeal to the people is to come out and cast their votes: India fast bowler Mohammed Shami. (ANI)

  • Samajwadi Party alleges VVPAT machine is throwing the slip of BJP on voting for Samajwadi Party at booth number 170 in Behat Assembly constituency in Saharanpur district

“The allegation has been found to be totally baseless,” says Additional CEO Brahm Dev Ram Tiwari. (ANI)

  • 100 years old voter Narayan Singh Kapkoti cast his vote in Kapkot Assembly constituency in Uttarakhand. He was brought to the booth by SVEEP volunteers and was later felicitated with a shawl by SDM Kapkot. (ANI)

  • This election is about the people of Uttarakhand vs BJP. In the last 5 years, BJP has crushed ambitions of the people. I will stay in politics for 15-20 years. I have to stay young to build the future of Uttarakhand & throw BJP out of here: Congress leader Harish Rawat in Lalkuan. (ANI)

  • Nobody can make up for the absence of Azam sahab. But if someone thinks that putting an innocent person behind bars is good, it is BJP’s misunderstanding. People consider it bad. They’ll see the reaction on 10th March: Abdullah Azam Khan, son of Azam Khan & SP candidate from Suar. (ANI)

  • He is not here but the people of Rampur are with him. He will win with more votes than earlier: Tanzeem Fatima, wife of imprisoned SP candidate for Rampur, Azam Khan. (ANI)

  • Samajwadi Party leader Arvind Kumar Singh writes to the Election Commission complaining about EVM glitch at multiple locations in the state and requesting for an intervention. (ANI)

  • It would not be a surprise if the #SamajwadiParty (@samajwadiparty) bagged all seven seats in the #Saharanpur area which is polling, #ImranMasood, who recently quit #Congress (@INCUttarPradesh) to join Samajwadi Party, has said. (IANS)

  • Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) personnel help senior citizens to reach polling booths in Bijnor and Najibabad as second phase polling in Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections is underway. (ANI)

  • Goa | Aam Aadmi Party CM candidate Amit Palekar along with his mother casts his vote in Assembly elections, says, “This is our moment to bring a change”. (ANI)

  • Congress candidate from Calangute, Michael Lobo and his wife Delilah Lobo cast their vote at a polling booth in the constituency.
  • People voting not for constituency but for Goa. When we talk about Goa, we talk about boys&girls who are unemployed, about mining being closed for last 10 yrs, about problems in tourism industry. People are going to vote for future: Congress candidate from Calangute, Michael Lobo. (ANI)

  • Budaun | People should follow law, there shouldn’t be an atmosphere of fear like created by BJP now. Development done by BJP can be seen only on social media, not on the ground. The people of UP will show BJP their place on 10th March: Haji R Ahmed, Samajwadi Party candidate. (ANI)

  • Former Union Education Minister & Former Uttarakhand Chief Minister, Dr. Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank, casts his vote for #UttarakhandElections2022 in Dehradun (ANI)

  • Polling process peaceful with 11.04% voter turnout so far. We want more & more people to vote this time, expecting record-breaking voting. 5 Control Units, 11 VVPATs replaced during mock polls, this is a normal procedure: Kunal, Chief Electoral Officer, Goa. (ANI)

  • I can say confidently that BJP is going to return to power in Uttar Pradesh with 300 plus seats.Trends for the first phase of election show that people have voted for BJP. Today in the second phase people will bless BJP again on the basis of work that has been done: Jitin Prasada. (ANI)

  • Goa CM Pramod Sawant casts his vote in Kothamb. (ANI)

  • I believe Amroha will have an 80-85% voting turnout for #UttarPradeshElections2022. PM Modi & Yogi Ji work for the public all day. He (UP CM Yogi Adityanath) didn’t even attend his father’s funeral but worked for the UP public: BJP candidate in Amroha, Ram Singh Saini. (ANI)

  • Dehradun | Law & order is very peaceful. Forces are deployed everywhere as per plan. All polling parties had reached safely last night itself. Weather forecast for today is fine, so I hope it’ll be peaceful: Uttarakhand Chief Electoral Officer Soujanya. (ANI)

  • #UttarakhandElection2022 | All our schemes have provided a shield for the people of Uttarakhand; the public knows very well who can work for the development of the state. I’m sure that the Uttarakhand public will bring BJP on 60+ seats: CM Pushkar Singh Dhami, in Khatima. (ANI)
  • Uttarakhand CM and BJP candidate from Khatima, Pushkar Singh Dhami casts his vote at a polling booth in the constituency, for #UttarakhandElections2022

His mother and wife also cast their votes. (ANI)

  • Union Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi casts his vote at a polling booth in Rampur for the second phase of #UttarPradeshElections2022. (ANI)

  • Goa CM Pramod Sawant and his wife Sulakshana Sawant offer prayers at Shree Rudreshwar Devasthan, Harvalem. Voting for #GoaElections2022 is underway. (ANI)