Phase three of Uttar Pradesh polls
The third phase of the marathon election in the state of Uttar Pradesh starts today. Around 17.5 million people will be voting from a choice of 1,018 candidates for 56 seats across 10 districts.
The ten districts involved are Allahabad, Bhadoi, Chandauli, Chhatrapati Shahuji Maharaj (CSM) Nagar, Jaunpur, Kaushambi, Mirzapur, Sonbhadra, Sultanpur and Varanasi.
There are 11,607 polling centres(18,374 polling booths) across the districts with three state Cabinet ministers and 14 former ministers vying for the positions. Polls opened at 7 a.m.
Indian newspapers are highlighting the large number of candidates with criminal cases against them in the Uttar Pradesh state election – around a third of all candidates.