Bypolls in Bihar and Uttar Pradesh : Details you should know

UP chief minister Yogi Adityanath addresses during a campaign ahead of Phulpur bypoll at Nawabganj in Allahabad

UP chief minister Yogi Adityanath addresses during a campaign ahead of Phulpur bypoll at Nawabganj in Allahabad

The polling for Uttar Pradesh Lok Sabha by-elections in Gorakhpur and Phulpur ended on Sunday. "And, banking on this alliance, we will win 80 out of 80 Lok Sabha seats in the state", he said.

Gorakhpur: Voting for the crucial Gorakhpur and Phulpur parliamentary constituencies in Uttar Pradesh was underway on Sunday, according to election officials.

The fall in the voting percentage in the two seat, especially in urban areas, despite spirited electioneering by CM Yogi Adityanath himself could be a cause of concern for the saffron brigade.

Phulpur, once the seat of Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, was won for the first time in 2014 by the BJP when deputy chief minister Keshav Maurya was declared elected.

However, earlier in the day, SP chief Akhilesh Yadav tweeted to claim that this bypoll would be a gamechanger and revolutionary for electoral future of state and the country.

Apart from the Provincial Armed Constabulary (PAC) and homeguards, 65 companies of central paramilitary forces have been deployed to ensure peaceful bypolls.

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In Gorakhpur seat, the main contenders are Upendra Shukla from Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Praveen Nishad from Samajwadi Party (SP) and Surhita Chatterjee Karim from Congress. The bypolls concluded with no incidents of violence but an FIR was lodged against Bihar BJP chief Nityanand Rai for violating the model code of conduct for allegedly making a provocative speech during campaigning on Friday at Narpatganj in Araria.

The importance that this election holds for the SP and BSP can be understood by the fact that the two parties have joined hands to fight the polls together.

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.

In Gorakhpur parliamentary constituency, there are 970 polling centres and 2,141 polling booths, while in Phulpur, there are 793 polling centres and 2,059 polling booths.

"On March 14, when the votes are counted, the Bua-Bhatija (Mayawati-Akhilsh Yadav) will suffer another sad jolt". As many as 4,728 Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) machines were used in the bypolls and provisions were made for web-casting from 95 critical booths.

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