UP LS bypolls: SP leading in Gorakhpur, Phulpur

Counting of votes for Gorakhpur, Phulpur Lok Sabha by-elections tomorrow

Counting of votes for Gorakhpur, Phulpur Lok Sabha by-elections tomorrow

According to the Election Commission, there are 1.96 million (19.61 lakh) voters in Phulpur parliamentary constituency, while the Gorakhpur Lok Sabha seat has a 1.95 million (19.49 lakh) electorate. 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 Samajwadi Party is ahead of the BJP by almost 14,000 votes in by-elections for Uttar Pradesh's Gorakhpur parliament seat, where a top official barred the media from entering the area where votes are being counted, in what is now a full-blown political controversy.

The saffron party had fielded Kaushalendra Singh Patel from Phulpur and Upendra Dutt Shukla from Gorakhpur. 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. In Phulpur, the SP, in alliance with Bahujan Samaj Party, has fielded Nagendra Singh Patel.

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Samajwadi Party candidate Pravin Nishad has taken a lead of 9,466 votes after 7 rounds in Gorakhpur.

Interestingly, the two key opposition parties, the BSP and the SP, have come together to fight the Phulpur seat. I firmly believe that we will win both #Gorakhpur & #Phulpur, SP is leading in initial rounds but a number of rounds are still left.

Winning Gorakhpur bypoll is a matter of prestige for UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, who is also the chief priest of the Gorakhnath mutt. The results of the Phulpur and Gorakhpur Lok Sabha bypolls will be announced on Wednesday and the results can be significant in light of the 2019 general elections.

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Low voter turnout was recorded at both the constituencies.

While the Samajwadi Party activists started celebrating what now looks like a sure and morale-boosting victory, the BJP was stunned into silence.

Snags in the electronic voting machines (EVMs) were reported from some places.

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In Gorakhpur, the lowest voter turnout of 33 percent was in Gorakhpur city, and the highest 47 percent in Sahjanwa and Campierganj. The Congress has nominated Sureetha Kareem for Gorakhpur and Manish Mishra for Phulpur Lok Sabha seat. The candidates of the Grand Alliance of RJD, Congress and HAM were trailing in all three seats.

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