Published: Wed, March 14, 2018
Global Media | By Jackie Banks

Bypolls in Bihar and Uttar Pradesh : Details you should know

Bypolls in Bihar and Uttar Pradesh : Details you should know

Voting for bypolls to 3 Lok Sabha seats took place on Sunday, for the Gorakhpur and Phulpur constituencies in Uttar Pradesh and the Araria constituency of Bihar. BJP's Kaushalendra Singh Patel, Samajwadi Party's Nagendra Pratap Singh Patel and Congress' Manish Mishra are the key candidates for the Phulpur seat in UP bypolls. "The votes (of the people) are with us".

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.

Ten candidates are in the fray from Gorakhpur, while 22 candidates are contesting from Phulpur.

Gorakhpur constituency has been a bastion of Yogi Adityanath who has contested and won on the seat five times in a row. Prior to Yogi Adityanath, the seat was represented in Parliament by his mentor Yogi Avaidyanath thrice. "This is the basic difference between the BJP and other parties", he said. The Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) and the Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) have extended support to the SP candidate. "The state recorded an overall polling of 42 per cent in the two seats", Joint Chief Election Officer R C Rai said. But, they have only leaders who make statements...

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"The intellectuals discuss politics but stay away from the polling booths", Adityanath had complained on Thursday at a public meeting in the Allapur area of the Phulpur constituency.

Not only this, the bypoll has set the tone for a grand alliance against the BJP in 2019 general elections as SP has been able to stitch up a tie-up with smaller outfits like Peace Party, Nishad Party, NCP, RLD and left outfits. Apart from the Provincial Armed Constabulary (PAC) and home guards, 65 companies of central paramilitary forces have been deployed to ensure peaceful bypolls.The result of these bypolls election will be declared on March 14.

There are 19.49 lakh eligible voters, including over 8 lakh women. As many as 4,728 Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) machines were used in the bypoll and provisions for webcasting from 95 critical booths were also been made, according to the Election Commission.

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