Lok Sabha Bypolls Counting Ends For UP's Gorakhpur And Phulpur, Bihar's Araria

| March 14 , 2018 , 14:15 IST

Counting began on Wednesday morning for bypolls to 3 Lok Sabha seats, Gorakhpur and Phulpur in Uttar Pradesh and Araria in Bihar. Apart from Araria, bypolls were also held for 2 assembly seats in Bihar, Jehanabad and Bhabua, the counting of which will also take place on Wednesday.

The bypolls for Gorakhpur, Phulpur, Araria, Jehanabad and Bhabua took place on March 11. The voter turnout in Gorakhpur was 43 percent, in Phulpur 37 percent, in Araria 57 percent, in Jehanabad 54.3 percent and in Bhabua was 60.6 percent.

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While the Uttar Pradesh constituencies fell vacant after Gorakhpur MP Yogi Adityanath became UP Chief Minister and Phulpur MP Keshav Prasad Maurya became deputy chief minister, all 3 Bihar seats fell vacant due to the death of their respective representatives.

The Lok Sabha seat for Araria, held by RJD Mohd Taslimuddin, fell vacant after his death, and the assembly seat for Jehanabad was vacated by the death of RJD lawmaker Mundrika Singh Yadav, and the Bhabua assembly seat was vacated after the death of the BJP's Anand Bhushan Pandey.

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The BJP expressed confidence in winning the UP seats, especially the Gorakhpur Lok Sabha seat which was represented by Yogi Adityanath for 5 consecutive terms before he was appointed Chief Minister.

Arch rivals Samajwadi Party and Mayawati's Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) have come together for the first time in decades in a new electoral agreement to fight the BJP. Mayawati has not fielded any candidate for the by-elections, announcing that her party workers "will vote for the candidate who is best positioned to defeat the BJP".

The bypolls in Bihar are being considered as a direct battle between Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and Opposition leader Tejashwi Yadav, who has been leading the RJD's campaign since his father Lalu Prasad Yadav was jailed in a corruption case.