Gorakhpur Bypoll: In ‘Unexpected Result’, SP Wins Yogi’s Bastion
UP CM Adityanath said over-confidence and inability to understand the SP-BSP agreement as reasons for BJP’s defeat.
Poor Voter Turnout Recorded
Poor polling percentage was recorded in the bypoll to the Lok Sabha seat of Gorakhpur in Uttar Pradesh on Sunday, 11 March, officials told IANS.
According to Election Commission (EC) officials, 43 percent voters had exercised their franchise in Gorakhpur.
The lowest voter turnout of 33 percent was in Gorakhpur city, and the highest – 47 percent – in Sahjanwa and Campierganj.
(With ANI and PTI inputs)
All You Need to Know
Gorakhpur has 970 polling centres and 2,141 polling stations. There are 19.49 lakh eligible voters, including 8 lakh women.
The BJP's Upendra Dutt Shukla is in the fray in Gorakhpur, which was represented by Adityanath since 1998.
The SP has fielded Praveen Nishad in Gorakhpur. The BSP and the Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) have extended support to the SP candidate.
The Congress is going at it alone – and has named Surahita Kareem as its candidate.
Yogi, Akhilesh Confident of Winning Seat
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said the BJP will win the Gorakhpur by-elections, despite the poor voter turnout.
After casting his vote on Sunday, 11 March, a beaming Adityanath told reporters, "The BJP continues to get a groundswell of public support since they are witnessing development, peace and prosperity under its government.”
He also denied the influence of the Samajwadi Party-Bahujan Samaj Party alliance on the bypoll results.
This is an unholy and opportunistic alliance and the people know their real agenda very well and will thus defeat them emphatically.Yogi Adityanath
SP chief and former chief minister Akhilesh Yadav took to Twitter – and claimed that the bypoll outcome would be "historic and a game changer."
Counting for Gorakhpur by-poll began at 8 am today. Tight security has been deployed at Gorakhpur university where the counting will be held.
Early Lead for BJP
BJP’s Gorakhpur candidate Upendra Dutt Shukla registered an early lead in UP bypoll, News 18 reported.
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