All eyes are now set on December 1 when the verdict will be out for the municipal elections in Uttar Pradesh.The third and final phase of polling took place on Wednesday.Unlike poor turnout in second phase on November 26, an estimated 53 per cent polling was recorded in the third and the final phase of polls. Counting of votes will take place on December 1 and results will be announced the same day.In Etah district, unidentified attackers lobbed two crude bombs at a polling booth to create . No one was, however, injured in the incident which stalled polling for half an hour. Polling resumed after police further tightened the security.Barring sporadic incidents of brawl over names missing from the voters’ list, technical snags in EVMs and allegations of bogus voting, polling was by and large peaceful in the final phase.Police had to use mild force in Ferozabad district when agitated voters created ruckus when they did not find their names in the voters’ list. Police had resorted to lathicharge in Baghpat when the BJP and BSP supporters clashed with each other on complaints of bogus voting.The results in local bodies’ polls are likely to have an impact on the ensuing Assembly elections in Gujarat.Political observers feel that results in Uttar Pradesh will certainly give a reason to smile either to Narendra Modi-Amit Shah duo or Congress President Rahul Gandhi to boost their last-minute crucial campaigning in Gujarat.“It will either lift sagging morale of the BJP in Gujarat or give a tool to an upbeat Congress to consolidate its position using Uttar Pradesh results as failure of BJP government to stand to people’s expectations,” said Prof Ramesh Dixit, former Head Poitical Science department, Lucknow University.After addressing as many as 40 rallies in Uttar Pradesh, the Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath is extensively touring Gujarat.The UP poll results will not only be referendum on his government performance in Uttar Pradesh but also his charisma as the leading Hindtuva leader will also wean away if results are not favourable in UP.
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