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International Women's Day: Only 9 percent female candidates in UP polls

International Women's Day: Only 9 percent female candidates in UP polls

The Assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh and Manipur will come to a close on Wednesday with the last phase of polling.

Devotees travel past the ghats of Varanasi - the district that has emerged as a battle of pride in the UP elections. As many as 40 seats across seven districts - Ghazipur, Varanasi, Jaunpur, Chandauli, Mirzapur, Bhadoi and Sonebhadra go to polls today in the last leg of the seven-phase election. All eyes are on Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Lok Sabha constituency Varanasi. In the last few days itself Narendra Modi held many roadshows and election rallies. BJP chief Amit Shah had also stayed put in Varanasi, to micromanage the party affairs.

Hours after PM Modi visited Varanasi and paid his respects at Kaal Bhairav and Kashi Vishwanath temple, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister and Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav and Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi held a road show in the city.

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Mr Modi made an impassioned plea to voters to defeat the SP-Congress combine and the BSP, blaming the for UP's plight.

In addition, Kishor's team launched a two-pronged campaign offensive - going door-to-door and reaching out via social media. Party leaders fear both the RLSP and LJP could even break away from the ruling alliance, if the BJP's performance in Uttar Pradesh is not stunning. Till 9 am, the voting per cent was 10.43%.

The Uttar Pradesh legislative assembly has 403 seats, including 84 reserved for Scheduled Castes (SC) and two for Scheduled Tribes.

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The party has joined hands with the Apna Dal of union minister Anupriya Patel and Suheldev Bharatiya Samaj Party of Om Prakash Rajbhar. In the Sevapuri seat, held by the SP now, the BJP has fielded AD candidate who will be fighting BJP rebel Vibhuti Narain Rai. People, especially the poorer sections see him as a credible leader who wants to do something good for them. It stands at an nearly negligible 47 out of 535.

Parties also continue to pitch candidates with criminal records. A total of 535 candidates are in the contests across seven districts of eastern UP. The SP and the BSP also exerted their dominance in the state.

The Congress Party on Wednesday asserted that the final phase of elections in Uttar Pradesh and Manipur has proved that the Indians politics stands for paradigms of development.

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