Published: Mon, March 12, 2018
Global | By Shelia Dennis

Lok Sabha bypolls: Gorakhpur records 43 percent turnout, Phulpur 37 percent

Lok Sabha bypolls: Gorakhpur records 43 percent turnout, Phulpur 37 percent

The Lok Sabha bypolls in Gorakhpur and Phulpur saw low turnouts of 43 per cent and 37.4 per cent, respectively.

State chief minister Yogi Adityanath was seen voting at a polling booth in Gorakhpur constituency. Election commission said during the 2014 Lok Sabha elections the voter's turnout in Gorakhpur was 54.65 percent and 50.16 percent in Phulpur.

Gorakhpur: Voting for the crucial Gorakhpur and Phulpur parliamentary constituencies in Uttar Pradesh was underway on Sunday, according to election officials.

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Around 40 candidates have filed their nomination papers for the by-polls to these seats, including BJP candidates Upendra Shukla and Kaushalendra Singh Patel, Samajwadi Party's Pravin Nishad and Nagendra Singh Patel, and Congress candidates Sureetha Kareem and Manish Mishra. You can say that this seat is important because it has a sizeable population of Dalit voters, the Congress has put up Shambhu Patel, banking on the popularity of former Lok Sabha speaker and Dalit leader Meira Kumar.

Fifty-seven per cent polling was recorded in the by-election to the Araria Lok Sabha constituency in Bihar. Polling began at 7 AM and passed off peacefully at 5 PM, the state election office said. Similarly, in Phulpur, there are 793 polling centres and 2,059 polling booths. "The state has suffered the negative consequences of SP and BSP governments". The votes (of the people) are with us.

The highest turnout on Sunday' bypolls was recorded in Bihar's Araria Lok Sabha seat at 57 per cent. It was the first time Mr. Yadav had led the election campaign of his party in the absence of his father and Rashtriya Janata Dal chief Lalu Prasad, who is lodged in Ranchi jail after being convicted in the fodder scam cases.

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Counting of votes will take place on March 14. Total Ten candidates are in the fight from Gorakhpur, while 22 candidates are contesting from Phulpur.

The Bhabua assembly seat became vacant after the death of BJP's Anand Bhushan Pandey, and the party has fielded his widow Rinki Rani Pandey.

The Araria bypoll was necessitated by the death of RJD strongman Mohammad Taslimuddin.

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The Jehanabad Assembly bypoll was caused by the death of RJD legislator Mundrika Singh Yadav and the party fielded his son Suday Yadav from there. The BSP has extended its support to the SP candidates in both the seats whereas there are reports of tacit understanding of the Congress with the SP.

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