Caste equation in Gorakhpur, Phulpur may prove to be game changer

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Voting for the by-elections to Gorakhpur and Phulpur Lok Sabha seats, which began on a tiresome note today, picked up momentum by noon amid tight security arrangements to ensure free and fair polling.

After casting his vote in Gorakhpur, UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said the BJP was getting widespread support from the people. Overall, the whole Bihar people will know that what is really going bad. The state has suffered the negative consequences.

This is unedited, unformatted feed from the Press Trust of India wire.

Counting of votes in both states will be carried out on March 14.

Around 40 candidates have filed their nomination papers for the by-polls to these seats, including BJP candidates Upendra Shukla and Kaushalendra Singh Patel, Samajwadi Party's Pravin Nishad and Nagendra Singh Patel, and Congress candidates Sureetha Kareem and Manish Mishra.

In Gorakhpur, a seat vacated by chief minister Yogi Adityanath, the turnout was 43 per cent as against 54.64 per cent in 2014.

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Live updates of Gorakhpur and Phulpur bypoll Loksabha election, are here. The voters of Mayawatiji have deserted the BSP and have reposed their faith in Modiji, Yogi and BJP. The campaigning for by-elections in Phulpur and Gorakhpur Lok Sabha seats in Uttar Pradesh and Araria Lok Sabha constituency in Bihar concluded last evening.

Likewise, the ruling alliance of JD (U) and BJP are facing joint opposition candidates in Araria, Jehanabad and Bhabua. The BJP may retain both the seats, but doubts are being raised over victory margin, which will be enough for the opposition parties to up the ante against it ahead of 2019 Lok Sabha polls.

However, another report from Phulpur said that due to some lapses, voters in Phaphamau assembly segement were given voters slip which shows that the polling would be held on March 11, Thursday.

By 12 noon, 31.25 percent voter turnout was recorded in Bihar's Araria constituency, 24.5 percent in Bhabhua and 28.6 percent in Jahanabad.

The death of RJD MLA Mundrika Singh Yadav necessitated the bypoll for Jehanabad seat, and his son Uday Yadav is contesting for the seat.

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