Samajwadi Party edges past BJP, leads with 1,63941 votes in Gorakhpur

Samajwadi Party edges past BJP, leads with 1,63941 votes in Gorakhpur

Samajwadi Party edges past BJP, leads with 1,63941 votes in Gorakhpur

"But a Bharatiya Samaj Party (BSP), an alliance partner of the BJP government in UP, leader and MLA Triveni Ram putting up a courageous face said", In elections there are win and loss.

Meanwhile, results continue to pour in from other seats.

Phulpur bypoll results 2018: 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. In 2014, the BJP's victory margin in Gorakhpur was over 300,000 with Yogi Adityanath winning over half the votes polled.

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Speaking to ANI, UP deputy CM Keshav Prasad Maurya said, "I firmly believe that we will win both Gorakhpur and Phulpur, SP is leading in initial rounds but a number of rounds are still left".

Samajwadi party candidate Praveen Kumar Nishad was leading over BJP's Upendra Dutt Shukla when the media was blocked, it was alleged.

Termed by Adityanath a "rehearsal" for the 2019 Lok Sabha election, the bypolls saw a triangular contest involving the ruling BJP, the SP and the Congress. The constituency had fallen vacant a year ago following Yogi Adityanath's resignation as the Lok Sabha MP from this seat after he was made the chief minister of Uttar Pradesh. The direct fight is between SP, BSP and BJP. In Bhabua, the BJP was ahead by 2,528 votes at 11.30 am.

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However, the stakes are also high for the Opposition after BSP chief Mayawati went out of character and announced support to the Samajwadi Party candidates.

In neighbouring Bihar, the turnout was slightly better - 57% in Araria Lok Sabha constituency and 50.6% and 54.6% respectively in Jehanabad and Bhabhua Assembly constituencies.

Poll authorities clarified that while the press was inside the campus, they could not be allowed near the electronic voting machines per the Election Commission guidelines. The polling was Forty-three percent voters cast their mandate in the Gorakhpur parliamentary constituency on Sunday while Phulpur recorded an even lesser 37.39 percent turnout as the crucial bypolls to the two Lok Sabha seats were held peacefully, the state election office said. Polling was held up at Kidwai College in Allahabad (East) for some time due to a technical glitch. The Congress has fielded Manish Mishra for this seat.

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