The Election Commission of India on Sunday announced dates for Lok Sabha 2019 elections. The elections in Uttar Pradesh state will be held in seven phases.
The First phase polling for 8 seats will be held on 11 April.
The Second phase for 8 seats will be held on 18 April.
The Third phase for 10 seats will be held on 23 April.
The Forth phase for 13 seats will be held on 29 April.
The Fifth phase for 14 seats will be held on 6 May.
The Sixth Phase for 14 seats will be held on 12 May
The Seventh phase for 13 seats will be held on 19 May.
Counting will take place on May 23.
Uttar Pradesh is set to witness a fierce contest with SP-BSP combine against the BJP and the Congress. In the upcoming elections, BSP chief Mayawati and Samajwadi Party President Akhilesh Yadav, have a 50-50 poll pact. Meanwhile, Congress is going solo in the polls.
At present, the ruling party in the state is BJP with the coalition government of Apna Dal and Suheldev Bharatiya Samaj Party. The Congress has brought in Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, Congress who is general secretary for Uttar Pradesh East and Jyotiraditya Scindia who is managing Uttar Pradesh West.
In UP, Rahul Gandhi and Sonia Gandhi are among 15 candidates named by the Congress in its first list of candidates.
In 2014 elections, the BJP won 71 seats in Uttar Pradesh while its ally Apna Dal win two. The SP won 5 seats, the Congress had won two, while BSP secured a zero.