Gorakhpur bypolls: BJP necessary for development and good governance, says Yogi Adityanath

The bypolls whose results will be declared on March 14 are being viewed as a

In Uttar Pradesh, voting is now going on in Gorakhpur and Phulpur Lok Sabha seats.

The low turnout of voters in Gorakhpur and Phulpur byelections on Sunday may well write a new political script in the state.

Attacking chief minister Yogi Adityanath for his comment that he was a Hindu and won't celebrate Eid, Samajwadi Party national president Akhilesh Yadav on Friday said such statements from the BJP leaders come only during elections.

Exuding confidence that the BJP would sweep the ongoing Lok Sabha bypolls in the state, Uttar Pradesh Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya today said the 2014 Lok Sabha record would be repeated by the saffron party. However, at a few places, EVMs and VVPAT developed minor technical snags which were rectified by the administration.

Despite a high voltage campaign, the low voter turnout has left political parties anxious and poll pundits wondering. Another key candidate to the seat is Shambhu Patel from Congress.

Mr Yogi said, "The state government will send a proposal to the Centre for having a single voters' list for civic, assembly and general elections in UP".

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The bye-elections are being held for Araria Lok Sabha seat and, Jahanabad and Bhabhua Assembly constituencies.

SP chief and former Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav took to microblogging site Twitter and claimed that the byelection outcome would be "historic and a game changer". CM Yogi Aditya Nath cast his vote at booth number 250 at a primary girls' school in Gorakhpur and said he was confident of BJP victory in Gorakhpur and Phulpur.

There are 19.49 lakh eligible voters, including over 8 lakh women. The saffron party fielded Pandey's wife Rinky Rani. The BSP backed SP in the polls in return for their support to send a BSP candidate to Rajya Sabha.

The Congress is fighting on its own and has named Surahita Kareem as its candidate. In Phulpur, the polling percentage was 37 per cent as against 50.20 in 2014.

A total of 14 candidates are in the fray though the contest is mainly between the RJD nominee and JD (U)'s Abhiram Sharma who had won the seat in the 2010 Assembly polls.

The BJP has fielded Kaushlendra Singh Patel who is pitted against Nagendra Singh Patel of the SP. On the other hand, if the BJP wins handsomely, the dry run for the BSP-SP alliance may not flourish in itself for the 2019 elections.

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