Lok Sabha bypolls: Voting underway in Yogi's Gorakhpur

Frederick Owens
March 12, 2018

According to the Election Commission, Gorakhpur recorded a voter turnout of 43 per cent (till 5 pm) and Phulpur managed only 37.39 per cent voter turnout.

Referring to BSP's support to SP in the bypolls, Adityanath, who addressed four rallies in Gorakhpur Friday, said, "When the SP found that the tactic of fielding imported candidate is not working, it mounted elephant (BSP's poll symbol) on bicycle (SP's symbol)?that cycle has already dismantled".

Polling officers seal EVM at the end of polling of Phulpur Lok Sabha bypoll election, in Allahabad on Sunday.

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 what could be a "rehearsal" for the 2019 Lok Sabha election, the by-elections are seeing a triangular contest involving the ruling BJP, the SP and the Congress. A total of 19.63 lakh voters will decide the fate of 22 candidates.

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

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However, the polling percentage in both the seats dropped significantly in this by election as compared to 2014 Lok Sabha polls.

For Gorakhpur, the key contenders are Upendra Shukla from the BJP, Praveen Nishad from Samajwadi Party (SP) and Surhita Chatterjee Karim from Congress. The Congress had nominated Suritha Kareem for Gorakhpur and Manish Misra for Phulpur. Apart from this, we do not have any other alliance. The voters of Mayawatiji have deserted the BSP and have reposed their faith in Modiji, Yogi and BJP.

The parliamentary constituency of Araria and two assembly seats -Jehanabad and Bhabua- are witnessing the polling.

In Uttar Pradesh, voting is now going on in Gorakhpur and Phulpur Lok Sabha seats.

As many as 4,728 voter-verifiable paper audit trail machines are being used in the bypolls and provisions for web-casting from 95 critical booths have been made. Reports claim that repolling may take place in Bhabhua on 23 polling booths on March 13 as EVMs were not working today.

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