SP leading in Yogi's seat, media barred from counting centre


"But a Bharatiya Samaj Party (BSP), an alliance partner of the BJP government in UP, leader and MLA Triveni Ram putting up a fearless face said", In elections there are win and loss. Samajwadi Party candidate Nagendra Pratap Singh Patel is leading in Phulpur.

After all, the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance government at the centre has such a big majority that a couple of seats would not result in a big shift in fortunes for the government.

Akhilesh Yadav's SP is leading in the Phulpur seat.

In Gorakhpur, the Samajwadi Party was ahead of the Bharatiya Janata Party, which was earlier held by Chief Minister Adityanath. I firmly believe that we will win both #Gorakhpur & #Phulpur, SP is leading in initial rounds but a number of rounds are still left. Samajwadi Party's Praveen Kumar Nishad was leading by around 3,000 votes after four rounds of counting at 12.20 pm. The results of the Phulpur and Gorakhpur Lok Sabha bypolls will be announced on Wednesday and the results can be significant in light of the 2019 general elections. Gorakhpur is a seat represented by Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath, believed to be a BJP stronghold. But it was triangular fight at Gorakhpur between the BJP, SP-BSP and the Congress.

A five-time Lok Sabha member from the seat, Yogi Adityanath had won from the seat in the last five consecutive elections with a massive margin.

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The BJP, which has an overwhelming majority in the state Assembly, has nothing to lose in terms of number, but the polls can be a precursor to the general elections next year.

While the Samajwadi Party activists started celebrating what now looks like a sure and morale-boosting victory, the BJP was stunned into silence. The bypolls were marked by low voter turnout.

Initially the postal ballots were being counted after which the electronic voting machines (EVMs) will be opened for counting. Polling was held up at Kidwai College in Allahabad (East) for some time due to a technical glitch.

The voter turnout was 47.45% in Gorakhpur and 37.39% in Phulpur in Sunday's polling.

The Samajwadi Party was leading in the Gorakhpur and Phulpur by-polls late in the morning. The Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) and the Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) have extended support to the SP candidate. The Congress too has fielded a candidate.