Lucknow: Counting of votes began at 8 am on Wednesday for the Gorakhpur and Phulpur Lok Sabha by-elections in Uttar Pradesh, polling for which was held on Sunday (March 11). Election Commission officials said counting is being taken up amid tight security and all arrangements are in place for the exercise. The results are expected to be declared by the afternoon. The voter turnout was recorded at 47.45 percent in Gorakhpur and 37.39 percent in Phulpur. The bypolls were necessitated after Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya vacated the Gorakhpur and Phulpur Lok Sabha seats respectively, following their election to the state Legislative Council.
Poor polling percentage was recorded in the bypolls for the Lok Sabha seats of Gorakhpur and Phulpur in Uttar Pradesh on March 11. The balloting percentage in Gorakhpur, represented in the Lok Sabha by Yogi Adityanath before he became the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, in 2014 was 54.64 percent. Phulpur, represented by the present Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya before his election to the Legislative Council, had logged 50 percent voting in the 2014 General Elections. In Phulpur, the poorest polling on Sunday was reported from Allahabad (East) where only 21.65 percent voters turned up to exercise their franchise, followed by Allahabad (West) with 31 percent. In Gorakhpur, the lowest voter turnout of 33 percent was in Gorakhpur city and the highest 47 percent in Sahjanwa and Campierganj.
UP bypoll election result - LIVE UPDATES:
- Gorakhpur bypoll: SP's Praveen Kumar Nishad - 2,29,622 votes, BJP's Upendra Dutt Shukla - 2,06,492 votes, Congress - 9,482 votes
- Phulpur bypoll : Samajwadi Party's Nagendra Pratap Singh Patel - 1,80,367 votes, BJP's Kaushlendra Singh Patel - 1,52,740 votes, Congress - 8,469 votes
- Phulpur bypoll: Samajwadi Party's Nagendra Pratap Singh Patel - 1,67,008 votes, BJP's Kaushlendra Singh Patel - 1,44,166 votes after the 15th round of counting.
- Lucknow: Samajwadi Party workers play with gulal and celebrate as trends show their candidates are leading in Phulpur and Gorakhpur bypolls.
- Gorakhpur bypoll: SP's Praveen Kumar Nishad is leading with 1,80,155 votes, BJP's Upendra Dutt Shukla with 1,65,487 votes after the 12th round of counting.
- Phulpur bypoll: Samajwadi Party's Nagendra Pratap Singh Patel - 1,55,314 votes, BJP's Kaushlendra Singh Patel - 1,34,819 votes after 14th round of counting
- Gorakhpur bypoll: SP's Praveen Kumar Nishad is leading with 1,33,565 votes, BJP's Upendra Dutt Shukla second with 1,20,917 votes after the ninth round of counting.
- As SP-BSP alliance expands the lead in Gorakhpur, BSP leaders raise 'Bua-Bhatija Zindabad' slogans
- People have spoken against the anti-farmer, anti-youth and anti-women policies of the government. It is very clear that the BJP is being shown the door by the people: Congress leader Jyotiraditya Scindia on UP and Bihar Lok Sabha bypolls.
- Gorakhpur bypoll: SP's Praveen Kumar Nishad is ahead with a margin of 10,598 with 1,19,427 votes, while BJP's Upendra Dutt Shukla is trailing with 1,08,829 votes after the eighth round of counting.
- BJP president Amit Shah reaches the party headquarters.
- Shiv Sena rubs salt into wounds, says numbers are a clear rejection of the Yogi Adityanath government. The BJP must stop soaring high, adds Shiv Sena.
- Phulpur bypoll: Samajwadi Party's Nagendra Pratap Singh Patel is leading by 15,713 votes with 1,22,247 votes, BJP's Kaushlendra Singh Patel is second with 1,06,534 votes after the 11th round of counting.
- "Come on Gorakhpur & Phulpur, you can do this," tweeted former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah.
- Gorakhpur bypoll: SP's Praveen Kumar Nishad is leading with 89,950 votes, BJP's Upendra Dutt Shukla trails with 82,811 votes after the sixth sound of counting.
- SP leader Naresh Uttam Patel writes to State Chief Election Officer, stating that people and media were removed from the counting centre in Gorakhpur and also alleged that the district administration is working towards making the BJP candidate win.
- Gorakhpur bypoll: SP's Praveen Kumar Nishad is leading with 74,077 votes, BJP's Upendra Dutt Shukla second with 70,317 votes after the fifth round of counting.
- The Election Commission responds to reports that the Gorakhpur DM is not permitting the media to enter the counting area despite having valid EC passes. "Media is inside counting campus since morning. As per ECI instructions, media can't be allowed in the area of EVMs. There is a Media Centre inside the Campus. Media is being briefed personally by DM regarding each round's progress. Three rounds' figures received from the Observers have already been announced".
- Gorakhpur bypoll: SP's Praveen Kumar Nishad is leading with 59,907 votes, BJP's Upendra Dutt Shukla second with 56,945 votes after the fourth round of counting.
- Phulpur bypoll: Samajwadi Party's Nagendra Pratap Singh Patel is leading by 14,239 with 1,11,668 votes, BJP's Kaushlendra Singh Patel second with 97,369 votes after 10 rounds of counting.
- The Samajwadi Party is leading in both the Lok Sabha constituencies of Uttar Pradesh's Gorakhpur and Phulpur.
- Counting of votes is underway. When an ARO (Assistant Returning Officer) sends counting figures of any round from the five Assembly constituencies, it is scrutinised by the RO (Returning Officer) and two observers scrutinise the counting figures manually and digitally, and then sign it. This process takes time. Only then is the counting sheet of the entire Parliamentary constituency is finalised and we announce it. We have announced the figures of the first round. Those of the second and third round are ready. We will announce it soon: Gorakhpur DM Rajeev Rautela
- Phulpur bypoll: Samajwadi Party's Nagendra Pratap Singh Patel is leading by 9,924 votes with 87,272 votes, BJP's Kaushlendra Singh Patel second with 77,348 votes after eight rounds of counting.
- Gorakhpur bypoll: SP's Praveen Kumar Nishad is leading with 29,218 votes, BJP's Upendra Dutt Shukla at a close second with 29,194 votes.
- The SP takes a slender lead in Yogi Adityanath's bastion - Gorakhpur
- "I firmly believe that we will win both Gorakhpur and Phulpur. The SP is leading in initial rounds (in Phulpur) but a number of rounds are still left. I know the voters of that area, we will have a win with a comfortable margin of a lakh," says UP Dy CM Keshav Prasad Maurya.
- The BJP candidate is leading by 1,666 votes in Gorakhpur bypoll.
- Phulpur bypoll: SP-BSP alliance leads by 6,931 votes.
- Gorakhpur bypoll: BJP's Upendra Dutt Shukla is leading with 15,577 votes, SP's Praveen Kumar Nishad second with 13,911 votes
- Phulpur bypoll: Samajwadi Party's Nagendra Pratap Singh Patel is leading by 1,058 votes with 22,460 votes, BJP's Kaushlendra Singh Patel at a close second with 21,402 votes.
- UP by-election 2018 results: The BJP candidate is leading in Gorakhpur by 6,500 votes, Samajwadi Party's candidate in Phulpur is ahead by 2,700 votes
- Phulpur bypoll: Samajwadi Party's Nagendra Pratap Singh Patel is leading by 1,437 votes with 7,600 votes, BJP's Kaushlendra Singh Patel has garnered 6,163 votes after round 3.
- I am confident of my victory and that is why people are saying that SP's grand alliance will win this seat. But there is a doubt in everyone's mind regarding EVM machines. The government can do anything using the state administration: Praveen Kumar Nishad, SP candidate from Gorakhpur
- Phulpur bypoll: SP's Nagendra Singh Patel is leading by 1,399 votes, BJP's Kaushlendra Singh Patel second
- Kaushalendra Singh Patel of the BJP is ahead in Phulpur.
- BJP's Upendra Dutt Shukla is leading from Gorakhpur.
- Counting of votes begins for the Gorakhpur and Phulpur Lok Sabha by-elections
- Counting for Gorakhpur bypoll to start at 8 am; security deployed at Gorakhpur University where counting will be held
- Counting for Phulpur by-poll to start at 8 am, strong room to be unlocked at 7:30 am,
While 10 candidates contested from the Gorakhpur seat, 22 nominees were in fray from Phulpur. According to the poll panel, there were 19.61 lakh eligible voters in the Phulpur parliamentary constituency, while the Gorakhpur Lok Sabha seat had 19.49 lakh voters.
The saffron party had fielded Kaushalendra Singh Patel from Phulpur and Upendra Dutt Shukla from Gorakhpur. The Samajwadi Party had fielded Pravin Nishad from Gorakhpur and Nagendra Pratap Singh Patel from Phulpur. The Congress had nominated Sureetha Kareem for Gorakhpur and Manish Mishra for Phulpur.
After casting his vote in Gorakhpur, CM Adityanath had claimed that the BJP was getting a widespread support from the people, while Maurya had said his party would win both the seats. Adityanath had also called the BSP-SP partnership for the bypolls an "unholy alliance". "The voters will reject this opportunistic, unethical and unholy alliance," he had said.
On the other hand, Samajwadi Party (SP) chief Akhilesh Yadav had said it (polling day) was a day to "change and re-write history".
Termed by Adityanath a "rehearsal" for the 2019 Lok Sabha election, the bypolls saw a triangular contest involving the ruling BJP, the SP and the Congress.
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. Prior to Adityanath, the seat was thrice represented in Parliament by his mentor, Yogi Avaidyanath.
Phulpur, once represented by the country's first prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru, witnessed a saffron surge in the 2014 Lok Sabha election when Maurya won the seat.