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SP leading in Phulpur, Gorakhpur LS seats (Third Lead)

IANS  |  Lucknow 

In a significant turn of events, the on Wednesday gained critical leads in both the seats of and in that were earlier held by and his deputy

The candidate in Gorakhpur, Pravin Nishad, led by over 1,500 votes over his nearest rival, (BJP). The BJP has held the seat for seven terms.

Earlier, refused entry to journalists at the counting centre and no poll leads were given out after the first round.

Following protests by political parties and the media, Routela let them in but only after many rounds of counting was over.

In Phulpur, the 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 has polled 99,557 votes and the BJP 87,326.

Mafia don-turned-politician Ateeq Ahmad, contesting as an Independent from within the jail, has got 13,737 votes after nine rounds of voting. of the polled 4,443 votes.

The had extended support to the SP in the by-elections.



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First Published: Wed, March 14 2018. 12:56 IST