Campaign for final phase ends today

Congress rally in Punjab

The BJP's sweep of the state was instrumental in its victory in the 2014 Lok Sabha election but the party has been marginalised by regional players in state politics.

In the seventh phase, 1.41 crore electorate, including 64.76 lakh women, can exercise their franchise in 14,458 polling booths. The BSP has fielded its nominees for all seats. The seven districts going to the polls in this phase are Ghazipur, Varanasi, Jaunpur, Chandauli, Mirzapur, Bhadoi and Sonebhadra.

The states of UP and Manipur would be voting in the final phase of the assembly elections on Wednesday. Counting of votes polled in all the seven phases of the Assembly polls will be taken up on March 11. While polling in all the constituencies will begin at 7 am and end at 5 pm, the polling in Naxal-hit Duddhi, Robertsganj and Chakia will end at 4 pm. The polling in the last phase will be held in the areas bordering with the Naxalite affected state of Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh and Bihar.

March 4-6 saw the most intense campaign of Uttar Pradesh assembly elections.

Expressing confidence to win the assembly election with majority in Uttar Pradesh, another Congress leader Sandeep Dikshit said in last six phases, the Samajwadi Party and Congress alliance has received tremendous support and further hoped that it remains the same in the last phase of elections as well.

Campaigning for BJP, Prime Minister Narendra Modi spent the final three days of the campaigning in Varanasi and while campaigning, PM Modi visited the Kaal Bhairav and Kashi Vishwanath temple in Varanasi. Meanwhile, the BSP will form the next government in Uttar Pradesh, leaving the BJP and the SP-Congress alliance at the second and third places, BSP chief Mayawati said on Monday.

But relying so much on Modi is a double-edged sword.

BSP chief Mayawati, who is seeking a fifth term as Chief Minister, also addressed a rally in Rohaniya, around 20 km from Varanasi the same day. If a spectacular performance in these elections would cement the Modi-Shah combine's supremacy within the BJP, even their ideological parent RSS would hesitate to question any of their decisions.

Poll observers say the BJP will lose out on the dedicated fan following of Dada, given that he is hurt by the party's decision and has not campaigned for the party this elections.