Lucknow/Patna: Voting began today morning for the by-elections in Gorakhpur and Phulpur - the two parliamentary seats in Uttar Pradesh while people have also lined up to cast their votes in Araria Lok Sabha constituency. The Congress has nominated Sureetha Kareem for Gorakhpur and Manish Mishra for Phulpur Lok Sabha seat.
Counting of votes for the Gorakhpur and Phulpur Lok Sabha bye-elections will take place on Wednesday amid tight security arrangements. The Samajwadi Party is also leading in Phulpur by over 20,000 votes.
Confusion prevailed in the prestigious Gorakhpur Lok Sabha bypoll counting trend even as after three round the opposition Samajwadi Party candidate was reported to be leading by around 1523 votes.
Samajwadi Party's Nagendra Pratap Singh Patel leading by 12,231 votes with 99,557 votes, BJP's Kaushlendra Singh Patel second with 87,326 votes after eight round of counting.
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Gorakhpur district magistrate Rajeev Rautela, who is also the returning officer, announced that after the third round of counting, Nishad polled 44,979 votes against 43,457 votes polled by Shukla. I firmly believe that we will win both #Gorakhpur & #Phulpur, SP is leading in initial rounds but a number of rounds are still left. According to latest updates, Upendra Dutt Sharma of BJP is leading from Gorakhpur. Gorakhpur was vacated by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and Phulpur by his deputy Keshav Prasad Maurya of the BJP.
Counting is on for the Phulpur and Gorakhpur Lok Sabha seats in Uttar Pradesh.
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.
The voter turnout was 47.45 per cent in Gorakhpur and 37.39 per cent in Phulpur in Sunday's polling.
The Gorakhpur seat has been a strong hold of the BJP for the past 20 years. The bypolls were marked by low voter turnout.
Mr Rautela told reporters, "You can shoot as much as you want". The Bhabua seat is witnessing a straight contest between BJP's Rinki Pandey and Congress' Shambhu Singh Patel.