Counting for Uttar Pradesh's Lok Sabha bypolls: Highlights

Sanjay Nishad in Gorakhpur

The SP had fielded Pravin Nishad from Gorakhpur and Nagendra Pratap Singh Patel from Phulpur. At the same time in Phulpur Lok Sabha seat, BJP candidate Kaushlendra Singh Patel is also trailing in second place having received 47,631 votes.

Latest from Gorakhpur: SP's Praveen Kumar Nishad is leading by 74,077 votes, BJP's Upendra Dutt Shukla is second with 70,317 votes after the fifth round of counting.

The announcement by the Mayawati led Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) to support Samajwadi Party's candidate has made these bypolls very interesting as the results of these polls will decide on future alliance of the arch-rivals.

Rautela said the media can not be allowed inside the counting centres as per Election Commission instructions.

The BJP had swept 2014 Lok Sabha polls in the state winning 71 seats on its own while its alliance partner Apna Dal had won two.

The trends had an echo in the Uttar Pradesh Assembly, when the Leader of the Opposition Ram Gobind Chaudhary pointed out to the Chair that mediapersons were being barred from entering the counting centre in Gorakhpur, and described it as "murder of democracy".


Gorakhpur has been a BJP seat for almost three decades but the SP and BJP joined hands this time hoping to spring a surprise. Congress candidate Sureetha Kareem was a distant third with only 1,712 votes in her kitty. I know the voters of that area, we will have a win with a comfortable margin of a lakh, says Uttar Pradesh Deputy CM Keshav Prasad Maurya.

Meanwhile, TV reports said the SP candidate was leading over BJP by 1,521 votes after the third round of voting concluded.

There are 10 candidates in the fray in Gorakhpur Lok Sabha byelection.

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. According to the Election Commission, there are total 19.61 lakh voters in Phulpur parliamentary constituency while 19.49 lakh voters are registered in Gorakhpur Lok Sabha constituency.

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath is facing a serious challenge on his home turf Gorakhpur. Before him, his mentor Yogi Avaidyanath was MP from the seat. Notably, Nagendra Pratap Singh Patel of the Samajwadi Party is leading by as many as 6931.

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