Uttar Pradesh: The Counting of votes has begun today at 8 AM for the bypolls in the Lok Sabha seats of Phulpur and Gorakhpur in Uttar Pradesh.
bypolls had held after UP CM Adityanath and Deputy CM Keshav Prasad Maurya vacated their Lok Sabha seats of Gorakhpur and Phulpur, respectively, upon being elected to the state Legislative Council last year after Assembly Polls.
Phulpur: After eight rounds of counting, according to the reports, Samajwadi Party candidate Nagendra Pratap Singh Patel is leading with 99,557 votes while BJP candidate Kaushlendra Singh Patel is second with 87,326 votes.
Gorakhpur: Samajwadi Party candidate Praveen Kumar Nishad has secured the lead in Gorakhpur, and is leading BJP's Upendra Dutt Shukla by 1,000 votes.
"Confident of winning both Phulpur and Gorakhpur." says Keshav Prasad Maurya
Voting for the two seats held on Sunday. While 47 percent of the voters exercised their franchise in Gorakhpur, in Phulpur very lower 38 percent votes recorded. The BJP is upset due to the SP-BSP association. SP-BSP association will eat Dalit votes, especially in Phulpur. In fact, Phulpur has never been a BJP stronghold.