Published: Wed, March 14, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

UP LS bypolls: SP leading in Gorakhpur, Phulpur

UP LS bypolls: SP leading in Gorakhpur, Phulpur

According to the EC, there are 19.61 lakh voters in the Phulpur parliamentary constituency and 19.49 lakh in the Gorakhpur Lok Sabha seat. On the other hand, it will also test the voters' acceptance to the coming together of Opposition parties on the plank of defeating BJP ahead of 2019 Lok Sabha polls. At the end of round 2, the SP took a lead of 1,500 votes, after which the SP kept on increasing its lead.

The elections see a triangular contest between the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP)-backed Samajwadi Party, the Bharatiya Janata Party and the Congress which chose to fight the elections on its own. Samajwadi Party's Praveen Kumar Nishad has received 44,979 votes. The Phulpur seat, once represented by India's first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru, had been vacated by Keshav Prasad Maurya, who was state BJP chief and is now the Deputy Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh.

The results are expected to be declared by afternoon, an EC official said.

A total of 47 per cent polling was recorded in Gorakhpur Lok Sabha bypoll. In the prestigious Gorakhpur Lok Sabha seat, the home turf of Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, BJP's Upendra Dutt Shukla was trailing behind Praveen Nishad of the SP by over 1,500 votes at the end of third round of counting.

Denying that his move was linked to the worrying trends for the ruling BJP, Rautela said, "The counting of votes is underway". Gorakhpur is the sitting seat of UP Chief Minister Adityanath.

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Low voter turnout was recorded at both the constituencies.

Initially the postal ballots were being counted after which the electronic voting machines (EVMs) will be opened for counting. Both Chief Minister Adityanath and Maurya claimed victory for the BJP candidates, irrespective of the voter turnout in the two seats.

Phulpur Bypoll: Samajwadi Party's Nagendra Pratap Singh Patel leading by 9924 votes with 87,272 votes, BJP's Kaushlendra Singh Patel second with 77,348 votes after eight round of counting.

After casting his vote, a beaming Adityanath told reporters that the "BJP continues to get a groundswell of public support since they are witnessing development, peace and prosperity under its government". The Congress too has fielded a candidate.

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