UP bypolls: Voting underway for Gorakhpur and Phulpur Lok Sabha seats

Spotlight On Yogi Adityanath's Gorakhpur Deputy's Phulpur In UP Bypolls

According to election commission sources, the polling is so far peaceful.

Along with these names, nine Independent candidates and nine other contenders are in foray for the Phulpur seat.

Around 40 candidates had filed their nomination papers for the by-polls to these seats, including BJP candidates Upendra Shukla and Kaushalendra Singh Patel, Samajwadi Party's Pravin Nishad and Nagendra Singh Patel, and Congress candidates Sureetha Kareem and Manish Mishra.

Speaking to reporters after casting his vote in the Gorakpur bypolls, the priest-turned-politician noted that the public believes in the mantra of development and governance given by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

In Bihar, the Narpatganj Assembly constituency's Nodal Officer-cum-Circle Officer Nishant Kumar on Sunday lodged an FIR against the State BJP chief for violating the model code of conduct after Mr. Rai, also Lok Sabha MP from Ujjiarpur, allegedly said that "if the RJD candidate Sarfaraj Alam wins the poll, Araria would become a hub of ISI [Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence]".

Ten candidates are in the fray from Gorakhpur, while 22 candidates are contesting from Phulpur in the bypolls.

Adityanath, who vacated the Gorakhpur seat after his elevation as the Chief Minister, had held it since 1998. Prior to Adityanath, the seat was represented in parliament by his mentor Yogi Avaidyanath thrice.

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On the electoral understanding of the two opposition parties, he said, "This will have no effect".

The byelections in Uttar Pradesh are significant since they mark the new alliance of the SP and the BSP which could change the complexion of politics in the state if it proves a success. The voters of Mayawatiji have deserted the BSP and have reposed their faith in Modiji, Yogi and BJP.

In Gorakhpur parliamentary constituency, there were 970 polling centres and 2141 polling booths, while in Phulpur, there were 793 polling centres and 2059 polling booths.

Similarly, Phulpur too is an equally prestigious seat, won by deputy CM Keshav Maurya who trounced his rivals with a huge margin for the first time for saffron brigade in 2014.

In Bihar, apart from the Lok Sabha seat, two assembly seats of Jehanabad and Bhabua are also being contested.

Live updates of Gorakhpur and Phulpur bypoll Loksabha election, are here.

There are 19.49 lakh eligible voters, including over 8 lakh women. The counting of votes will take place on Wednesday.

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