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UP, Bihar by-polls: BJP names candidates for Gorakhpur, Phulpur and Araira

The elections in the Uttar Pradesh Lok Sabha seats were necessitated after Gorakhpur MP Yogi Adityanath became the Chief Minister while Phulpur MP Keshav Prasad Maurya was appointed his deputy

IANS  |  New Delhi 

BJP workers celebrating after winning both Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh Assembly elections
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The BJP on Monday announced candidates for the by-elections to the seats of and in and Araira in Bihar, scheduled to be held on March 11.

The party has fielded former of Varanasi, Kaushlendra Singh Patel as its candidate from while Upendra Shukla would contest from

The picked former as its candidate for the Araria by-election.

The (RJD) has fielded Sarfaraz Alam, son of the late Mohammad Taslimuddin, for the seat.

For the two seats of Uttar Pradesh, the and have already announced their candidates.

The SP, which is contesting the by-election in alliance with and Nishad Party, has fielded Nishad as their candidate. Praveen is son of chief

In Phulpur, the SP has fielded Nagendra

The has announced Manish Mishra as its candidate from Phulpur, while Surhita Chatterjee Karim will contest from Gorakhpur.

The elections in the seats were necessitated after Gorakhpur became the while MP was appointed his deputy.

Adityanath has represented Gorakhpur five times in the Lok Sabha from 1998.

The Araria seat fell vacant after the death of (RJD) MP in September 2017.

The last date for filing nominations for all three Parliamentary seats is February 20 and the last date for withdrawal of candidature is February 23.

First Published: Mon, February 19 2018. 14:00 IST