Bypolls: SP takes lead in UP's Gorakhpur, Phulpur; NDA leading in Bihar

BJP president Amit Shah

At the end of round 2, the SP took a lead of 1,500 votes, after which the SP kept on increasing its lead.

After 11 rounds in Phulpur, the SP is at 1,22,247 votes, while the BJP is at 1,06,534 votes. But with no observer to sign the forms, official statistics aren't out yet.

After three rounds of counting, Nagendra Patel has got 7,600 votes against Kaushlendra Singh Patel's 6,163 votes. "BJP will win with a huge mandate", Patel says.

In Araria LS byelection in Bihar, the BJP is leading with the RJD in second spot. According to latest data, Samajwadi Party has reversed BJP's lead by considerable margins. A constituency won by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on five successive occasions, the saffron party not only has to win Gorakhpur but also retain, if not increase, Adityanath's 2014 victory margin of nearly 3.13 lakh votes.

After eighth round of counting, BJP is leading in Bhabua with 19,738 votes and RJD is leading in Jehanabad after tenth round of counting with 29,551 votes.

In the Phulpur Lok Sabha seat, Samajwadi Party's Nagendra Pratap Singh Patel is leading by 12,231 votes with 99,557 votes, and BJP's Kaushlendra Singh Patel follows second with 87,326 votes.

The BJP is also trailing in Phulpur.

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In Bhabua, BJP's Rinki Pandey is leading over Congress' Sambhu Patel, while Janta Dal-United's Abhiram Sharma is leading from Jahanabad assembly seat over Rashtriya Janata Dal's Suday Yadav.

Counting has begun for the Phulpur Lok Sabha seat. It is an interesting contest in Gorakhpur with the Samajwadi Party and Bahujan Samaj Party coming together to defeat the Bharatiya Janata Party. BJP has won the Gorakhpur seat in the last 8 elections.

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 result for the Gorakhpur Bye-Elections 2018 will be declared today.

Low voter turnout was recorded at both the constituencies.

The bypolls were necessitated after Adityanath and his Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya vacated the Gorakhpur and Phulpur Lok Sabha seats respectively, following their election to the state legislative council.

A total of 47 per cent polling was recorded in Gorakhpur Lok Sabha bypoll.

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