In a significant turn of events, the Samajwadi Party on Wednesday gained critical leads in both the Lok Sabha seats of Gorakhpur and Phulpur in Uttar Pradesh that were earlier held by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and his deputy Keshav Prasad Maurya.
Following protests by political parties and the media, Routela let them in but only after many rounds of counting was over.
In Phulpur, the Samajwadi Party candidate, Nagendra Singh Patel, after nine rounds of counting, had taken an almost unassailable lead of over 10,000 votes over BJP's Kaushlendra Singh Patel.
The Samajwadi Party has polled 99,557 votes and the BJP 87,326.
The Bahujan Samaj Party had extended support to the SP in the by-elections.
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