UP and Bihar bypolls updates | Adityanath casts vote

About 55 percent electorate cast their votes till in the bypolls for one Lok Sabha and two Assembly seats in Bihar today where the ruling JD-BJP combine and the opposition RJD-Congress alliance are locked in a battle. PTI file

About 55 percent electorate cast their votes till in the bypolls for one Lok Sabha and two Assembly seats in Bihar today where the ruling JD-BJP combine and the opposition RJD-Congress alliance are locked in a battle. PTI file

The bypolls were necessitated after Uttar Pradesh Chief MinisterYogi Adityanath and Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya vacated the Gorakhpur and Phulpur seats respectively, following their election to the Uttar Pradesh Legislative Council in September previous year.

Both the bye polls have been necessitated following resignation of Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath from Gorakhpur seat and Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya from Phulpur Lok Sabha seats after their elections to State Legislative Council.

The outcome of the by-election will be crucial, as a success for the SP-BSP experiment could pave the way for the two major players in Uttar Pradesh to tie up in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections to counter the BJP, which had trounced them in the last general and Assembly elections. The party, which had joined hands with SP in the assembly polls held past year, has fielded Manish Mishra from Phulpur.

U.P. Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya said the 2014 Lok Sabha record would be repeated by the BJP.

The polling for Uttar Pradesh Lok Sabha bye-elections in Gorakhpur and Phulpur has begun.

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath reached a polling station in Gorakhpur to cast his.

A total of 10 candidates are in the fray from Gorakhpur, while there are 22 candidates contesting from Phulpur.


While the BJP, which rules UP with an overwhelming majority, has all to lose, the stakes are also high for the Opposition after BSP chief Mayawati went out of character and announced support to the Samajwadi Party (SP).

Similarly, Jehanabad seat also fell vacant following the death of RJD MLA Mundrika Singh Yadav.

Upendra Shukla from the BJP, Praveen Nishad from the SP and Surhita Chatterjee Karim from Congress are key contenders from Gorakhpur. The key contenders to the seat are RJD's Sarafaraz Alam, Taslimuddin's son, and the BJP's Pradip Singh.

The BJP has also fielded Rinki Pandey for the assembly by-election from Bhabua in Bihar. The Congress is going it single in both the seats. His son Uday Yadav is contesting the seat against JDU's Abhiram Sharma.

In Adityanath's bastion, the BJP's concern could be sensed from the fact that the UP Chief Minister addressed as many as 16 public meetings in run-up to the bypoll - something, local party leaders said, he never did even when contesting himself all these years.

The results of the bypolls will be announced on March 14.

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