Voting started at 7:30 in the morning and will continue till 5 in the evening. A total of 26,356 candidates including 10,317 women are in the fray in this phase.
Our correspondent reports, more than 11,600 polling booths have been set up for about one crore ten lakh electors. Inter state and inter district borders have been sealed and patrolling by security forces have been intensified.
Drone cameras are being used at hyper sensitive polling stations. Observers have also been deputed. Municipal corporations of Meerut, Agra, Kanpur, Faizabad and Gorakhpur, 71 Nagar Palika Parishads and 154 Nagar Panchayats are going to polls under this phase.