UP poll process to start rolling with notification tomorrow

Lucknow, Jan 16: The assembly poll process for Uttar Pradesh will start rolling tomorrow with notification for the first phase of voting on February 11 covering 73 constituencies spread over 15 distracts in Muslim-dominated Western UP.

The filing nominations for these constituencies will start tomorrow itself and the last date is January 24. Withdrawal of candidature could be done till January 27 and polling will be on February 11.

The state will have seven-phase polling between February 11 and March 8.

The districts going to polls in the first phase are Shamli, Muzaffarnagar, Baghpat, Meerut, Ghaziabad, Gautam Buddha Nagar, Hapur, Bulandshahr, Aligarh, Mathura, Hathras, Agra, Firozabad, Etah and Kasganj.

Interestingly, the first phase will cover western UP districts, including riot-scarred Muzaffarnagar and Shamli, where BJP had fared well in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls due to polarisation of voters.