Main opposition Samajwadi Party (SP) won in just five districts, including Azamgarh (SP chief Akhilesh Yadav’s parliamentary constituency), Sant Kabir Nagar, Etawah, Ballia and Etah.
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Over 5.27 lakh candidates are in the fray for more than 2.10 lakh seats in 17 districts in this round of the election.
While Kanpur Dehat and Moradabad each recorded the highest 12 per cent polling, Deoria had minimum of nine per cent voting till 9 am.
For the posts of 746 members of zila panchayats, there are 10,627 candidates in the fray. For the 18,530 posts of members of kshetra panchayats, there are 89,188 candidates.
Polling will be held till 6 pm on Monday and over 3.23 crore voters are eligible to exercise their franchise.