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Spotlight On Yogi Adityanath's Gorakhpur Deputy's Phulpur In UP Bypolls UP by-election Yogi Adityanath has represented Gorakhpur for five consecutive terms
Ebony Burgess | 14 March, 2018, 00:49

There was a drop of around 11 per cent in the turnout in bypolls in Uttar Pradesh's Gorakhpur and Phulpur Lok Sabha seats as compared to 2014. The Election Commission has chose to use EVMs and VVPATs in the bye-elections in all the polling stations.

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.

Tight security arrangements have been made for voting in the two seats in politically crucial Uttar Pradesh.

Having lost Lok Sabha and Assembly by-elections recently in Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh, the bypolls for the two Lok Sabha seats in Uttar Pradesh on Sunday, especially Gorakhpur, has become a matter of prestige for the BJP.

Ten candidates are in the fray from Gorakhpur, while 22 candidates are contesting from Phulpur in the bypolls. He said the opportunistic alliance between the Bahujan Samaj Party and Samajwadi Party would not affect the BJP's victory.

Attacking the BSP and the SP, the chief minister claimed, "These parties are indulging in negative politics, politics of bargaining and politics of opportunism. We expect two kinds of voters to reach the polling booths in large numbers: Mayawati's supporters and those fed up with the BJP's anti-poor actions", Kharwar said.

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He said that besides its own 34 votes, the PML-N has support from 14 votes of the JUI-F, PkMAP, BNP, MQM and Functional League. It will be followed by oath by the members-elect under Article 65 of the Constitution and signing of the roll of members.

The bye-elections are being held for Araria Lok Sabha seat and, Jahanabad and Bhabhua Assembly constituencies.

The Sangh campaigners on Friday visited Humayunpur, Mahuwi and Sugharpur in Gorakhpur and Soraon, Sahson and Labour Chauraha in Phulpur.

Gorakhpur is significant for the BJP as it is the bastion of the chief minister, who represented the seat in the Lok Sabha five times. In Gorakhpur parliamentary constituency, there were 970 polling centres and 2,141 polling booths, while in Phulpur, there were 793 polling centres and 2,059 polling booths.

The electoral size in larger in Phulpur, where the Commission has registered 19.61 lakh eligible voters, whereas, in Gorakhpur, a total of 19.49 lakh voters are registered.

Counting of votes in both states will be carried out on March 14.

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