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UP LS bypolls: SP leading in Gorakhpur, Phulpur

Press Trust of India  |  Lucknow 

candidates were leading in and constituencies in after initial rounds of counting for the parliamentary by-elections, officials said.

In the prestigious seat, the home turf of Yogi Adityanath, BJP's Upendra Dutt was trailing behind of the by over 1,500 votes at the end of third round of counting.

district Rajeev Rautela, who is also the returning officer, announced that after the third round of counting, Nishad polled 44,979 votes against 43,457 votes polled by

candidate was a distant third with only 1,712 votes in her kitty.

In Phulpur, candidate was leading by 8,199 votes after seven rounds of counting, election officials said.

The candidate from was ahead of BJP candidate Independent was at the third spot, followed by

The trends had an echo in the Assembly, when the of the Opposition pointed out to the that mediapersons were being barred from entering the counting centre in Gorakhpur, and described it as "murder of democracy".

Amid uproarious scenes created by a jubilant SP members, adjourned the House briefly.

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

The bypolls were necessitated after Adityanath and his Deputy vacated the Gorakhpur 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. 12:35 IST