Gorakhpur Lok Sabha constituency witnessed a polling percentage of around 40 per cent while Phulpur saw a turnout of around 29 per cent till 4 pm today, Election Commission sources said.
The voting for the bye-elections to the two Lok Sabha seats began on a dull note but picked up momentum in the day amid tight security, they said.
The fight is expected between ruling Bhartiya Janta Party and Samajawadi Party. After Bahujan Samaj Party had decided to to support Akhilesh Yadav led Samajwadi Party candidate, the contest becomes more difficult for BJP. Gorakhpur is home of Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and in this bypoll is prestige is also at stake. The bypolls will decide the fate of 10 candidates in fray in Gorakhpur and 22 candidates in Phulpur.
Though CM Yogi Adityanath has expressed confidence that the his party will emerge victorious in the election. “For development and good governance, BJP is necessary,” the UP CM said after casting his vote in Gorakhpur. “BJP will win both the by-polls (Gorakhpur and Phulpur ) with a massive majority and on the basis of PM Modi’s governance of development, 2019 election results will also be good for the BJP,” Yogi said after exercising his franchise.
Bypolls are litmust test for one year stint of CM Yogi Adityanath:
Yogi has almost completed one year as Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister and these elections are being considered as plebiscite for all that his government has done so far.
The security in election is kept at high alert:
In a bid to ensure peaceful polling, nearly, 6,500 personnel of central armed para-military forces, Provincial Armed Constabulary and homeguards have been deployed.
Yogi Adityanath and Keshav Prasad Maurya vacated their seats to assume offices in the state government, this is the reason that the need for re-election emerged on both seats.
Keshav Prasad Maurya is confident about his party’s win:
Meanwhile Deputy CM Keshav Prasad Maurya looked confident of BJP’s win in the bye poll.
“First Akhliesh gave a ride to the hand (Congress) and now its giving a lift to the elephant (BSP), but his cycle (SP) is not going very far as it has been punctured,”deputy chief minister Keshav Prasad Maurya said after casting his vote. Both the seats are a stronghold of BJP and it would be interesting to see if the saffron juggernaut will continue to roll or not.
Voting is currently underway for bypolls to Lok Sabha seats of Gorakhpur and Phulpur on Sunday amid tight security arrangements. It is expected to be a triangular contest with rivals Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) and Samajwadi Party (SP) coming together to take on Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath has expressed confidence that the saffron party will emerge victorious in the election. “For development and good governance, BJP is necessary,” the UP CM said after casting his vote in Gorakhpur. “BJP will win both the by-polls (Gorakhpur and Phulpur ) with a massive majority and on the basis of PM Modi’s governance of development, 2019 election results will also be good for the BJP,” Yogi said after exercising his franchise.