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

Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath flashes victory sign after casting his vote for local body elections in Gorakhpur Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath flashes victory sign after casting his vote for local body elections in Gorakhpur
Kenny Thornton | 14 March, 2018, 10:45

Gorakhpur, the home of Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, BJP's Upendra Dutt Shukla was leading by 1,666 votes over his nearest SP rival Praveen Nishad, but after three hours Praveen Nishad started leading first time in this bypoll election. In Phulpur, the SP, in alliance with Bahujan Samaj Party, has fielded Nagendra Singh Patel. The seats were vacated by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and his deputy Keshav Prasad Maurya of the BJP and today's by-election is a prestige battle for the ruling party, which took on the combined might of regional heavyweights Samajwadi Party and Mayawati's BSP.

Phulpur bypoll: Samajwadi Party's Nagendra Pratap Singh Patel leading by 14,239 with 111668 votes, BJP's Kaushlendra Singh Patel second with 97369 votes after ten rounds of counting.

The media has been barred from counting centres. When ARO sends counting figures of any round from the 5 assembly constituencies, it is scrutinised by the RO and two observers scrutinise the counting figures manually and digitally and then sign it. "This process takes time". We will announce it soon.

Gorakhpur: The counting of votes for the Gorakhpur, Phulpur constituencies in Uttar Pradesh began at 8 in the morning. The Congress had nominated Sureetha Kareem for Gorakhpur and Manish Mishra for Phulpur.

After casting his vote in Gorakhpur, Adityanath had claimed the BJP was getting widespread support from the people, while Maurya had said that his party will win both the seats.

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An Election Commission official said all arrangements have been made for the counting of ballots and the results are expected to the declared by Wednesday afternoon. The Rashtriya Janata Dal was ahead in Jehanabad by almost 8,900 votes. The Bhabua seat is witnessing a straight contest between BJP's Rinki Pandey and Congress' Shambhu Singh Patel. The constituency had fallen vacant past year following Yogi Adityanath's resignation as the Lok Sabha MP from this seat after he was made the chief minister of Uttar Pradesh.

Fifty-seven per cent polling was registered in Araria, Bihar's Chief Electoral Officer Ajay V Nayak said.

Low voter turnout was recorded at both the constituencies.

Meanwhile, polling for Araria Lok Sabha seat was peaceful amid reports of polarisation following the lodging of an FIR against the Bihar BJP president Nityanand Rai for his unsavoury remarks against the RJD nominee Sarfaraz Alam.

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