UP bypoll counting: BJP leading in Gorakhpur, Phulpur

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Both the BJP and the BSP-SP combine have fielded candidates from the Patel community.

Phulpur Bypoll: Samajwadi Party's Nagendra Pratap Singh Patel leading by 6931 votes with 54,562 votes, BJP's Kaushlendra Singh Patel second with 47,631 votes.

Yogi Adityanath represented Gorakhpur for five consecutive terms in the Lok Sabha.

After round 1 of counting, the BJP was leading in Gorakhpur by just around 2,000 votes. The SP had fielded Pravin Nishad from Gorakhpur and Nagendra Pratap Singh Patel from Phulpur.

The BJP is also trailing in Phulpur. The Gorakhpur seat has been with the BJP since 1989.

Counting has begun for the Phulpur Lok Sabha seat. It will also test the recently formed electoral arrangement between the two arch-rivals - Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) and Samajwadi Party (SP).

Gorakhpur has been a BJP seat for almost three decades but the SP and BJP joined hands this time hoping to spring a surprise.

Bihar bypolls are being seen as a litmus test for Chief Minister Nitish Kumar after he pulled out of the state's Grand Alliance and joined the BJP. The results are expected to be declared by Thursday afternoon, according to an Election Commission official.

The Samajwadi Party was leading in both the Lok Sabha constituencies of Uttar Pradesh's Gorakhpur and Phulpur on Wednesday, a poll official said.

Demographics in this constituency favors the opposition combine due to the presence of almost 2.5 lakh voters belonging to the Muslim community.

There 19.61 lakh voters in Phulpur parliamentary constituency, while there are 19.49 lakh electorate for Gorakhpur Lok Sabha seat.

However, as of now, only the initial rounds of counting has been completed, and these are heavily influenced by postal votes. Polling was held up at Kidwai College in Allahabad (East) for some time due to a technical glitch.

After casting his vote, a beaming Adityanath told reporters that the "BJP continues to get a groundswell of public support since they are witnessing development, peace and prosperity under its government".

In Araria, Bharatiya Janata Party's candidate Pradip Kumar Singh is leading over RJD candidate Sarfaraz Alam.

As of 10 am, the BJP candidate in Phulpur was closing in on the SP one, even though the latter was still ahead.

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