Uttar Pradesh: 168 candidates filed nominations for 1st phase of election

| Updated: Jan 23, 2017 15:15 IST

Lucknow [India], Jan. 23 (ANI): In Uttar Pradesh, the electioneering process has started gaining momentum with every passing day, as for the first phase of election, for which polling is scheduled on 11th February, a total of 168 candidates filed nominations till 21st January. In this phase 73 seats are at stake for which nominations can be filed till tomorrow. Whereas for the 67 seats of second phase, the last date of nomination filing is January 27 and only 16 candidates filed their nomination so far. Including today and tomorrow, only two working days are available for the filing of nomination of 1st phase. After the announcement of poll coalition between Samajwadi Party and Congress, a rush into nomination filing is expected in these two days. Mayawati has said that she will initiate her poll campaigning from 1st of February whereas Akhilesh Yadav is slated to start his campaigning blitzkrieg from 24th January. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has also announced its list of star campaigners whereas in the Congress, people are expecting Rahul Gandhi and his sister Priyanka Gandhi to announce their campaigning schedule soon. (ANI)