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LS bypolls in UP: Counting of votes tomorrow

Press Trust of India  |  Lucknow 

Counting of votes for the and bye-elections will be taken up tomorrow amid tight security arrangements.

An said all arrangements have been made for the counting of ballots and the results are expected to the declared by tomorrow afternoon.

The voter turnout was 47.45 per cent in and 37.39 per cent in in Sunday's polling. Ten candidates were in the fray from Gorakhpur, while 22 candidates contested from

According to the Election Commission, there are 19.61 lakh voters in parliamentary constituency, while the seat has a 19.49 lakh electorate.

The bypolls were necessitated after Uttar Pradesh Minister and Deputy Minister vacated the and seats respectively following their election to the


After casting his vote in Gorakhpur, Adityanath had claimed the BJP was getting widespread support from the people, while Maurya had said that his party will win both the seats.

Adityanath had called the BSP-SP partnership an "unholy alliance".

"The voters will reject this opportunistic, unethical and unholy alliance," he said.

On the other hand, had said it (polling day) was a day to "change and re-write history".

Termed by Adityanath a "rehearsal" for the 2019 election, the bye-poll saw a triangular contest involving the ruling BJP, the (SP) and the

The saffron party has fielded Kaushalendra Singh Patel from and Upendra Dutt Shukla from against the SP's Pravin Nishad and Nagendra Pratap Singh Patel, respectively. The has nominated for and for seat.

is significant for the BJP as it is the bastion of the minister, who represented the seat in the five times. Prior to Adityanath, the seat was represented in Parliament by his mentor Yogi Avaidyanath thrice.

Phulpur, once represented by the country's Jawaharlal Nehru, witnessed a saffron surge in the 2014 elections and Maurya won there.

Meanwhile, in Gorakhpur, said that as per instructions of the there will be restriction on victory procession after the result is out.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Tue, March 13 2018. 20:10 IST
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