Counting for Uttar Pradesh's Lok Sabha bypolls: Highlights

  • Counting for Uttar Pradesh's Lok Sabha bypolls: Highlights

Counting for Uttar Pradesh's Lok Sabha bypolls: Highlights

The Phulpur seat was vacated by BJP's deputy chief minister in the state, Keshav Prasad Maurya, but is now led by the BSP-SP candidate.

Earlier in the day, when the first round of counting concluded, the BJP was leading the seat by almost 3,000 votes.

However, the Samajwadi Party has claimed that members of the media were not allowed into the counting centres around 11 am as the BJP was trailing.

Winning Gorakhpur bypoll is a matter of prestige for UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, who is also the chief priest of the Gorakhnath mutt.

Initially, during the counting of the postal ballots, Kaushlendra Singh Patel of the BJP was leading, but after 10 counting pace picked up, the Samajwadi Party candidate made a lead of 1437 votes. BJP has won the Gorakhpur seat in the last 8 elections.

Gorakhpur Bypoll: SP's Praveen Kumar Nishad leading with 29,218 votes, BJP's Upendra Dutt Shukla at a close second with 29,194 votes.

BJP's candidate from Phulpur Kaushlendra Singh Patel spoke to the media and said that early trends do not mean much. "I know the voters of that area, we will have a win with a comfortable margin of a lakh".

Termed by Adityanath a "rehearsal" for the 2019 Lok Sabha election, the byelections are witnessing a triangular contest involving the ruling BJP, the Samajwadi Party (SP) and the Congress. Praveen Nishad is leading by 3700 votes.

Ten nominees were in the fray from Gorakhpur, while 22 candidates contested from Phulpur. The counting of votes for the Lok Sabha by-election 2018 for the two Assembly constituencies of Uttar Pradesh - Gorakhpur and Phulpur - and Bihar's Jahanabad and Bhabua, besides the Araria Lok Sabha seat in Bihar, commenced on Wednesday amid tight security arrangements.

The Bharatiya Janata Party seems to be facing an unexpected setback in Uttar Pradesh with both Lok Sabha seats seeing leads for the opposition. Before him, his mentor Yogi Avaidyanath was MP from the seat. 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.