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LS bypolls: BJP ahead in Gorakhpur, SP in Phulpur

Press Trust of India  |  Lucknow 

Uttar Pradesh's ruling BJP was leading in the constituency while the opposition SP was ahead in after three hours of counting for the parliamentary by-elections, officials said.

In Gorakhpur, the bastion of Yogi Adityanath, BJP's Upendra Dutt Shukla was leading by 1,666 votes over his nearest SP rival

In Phulpur, SP's Nagendra was ahead by 3,600 votes with BJP's Kaushalendra Singh Patel trailing behind him.

The results are expected to be declared by afternoon, an said.

Ten nominees were in the fray from Gorakhpur, while 22 candidates contested from

According to the EC, there are 19.61 lakh voters in the parliamentary constituency and 19.49 lakh in the seat.

The bypolls were necessitated after Adityanath and his Deputy vacated the and Phulpur seats respectively, following their election to the

Gorakhpur is significant for the BJP with Adityanath representing the seat in the Lok Sabha five times. Before him, his mentor was from the seat.

Phulpur, once represented by the country's Jawaharlal Nehru, witnessed a saffron surge in the 2014 Lok Sabha election when Maurya won the seat.

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First Published: Wed, March 14 2018. 11:30 IST