LS bypolls in Uttar Pradesh, Bihar see low turnouts

The big news Voting begins for UP and Bihar bye-elections and nine other top stories

The big news Voting begins for UP and Bihar bye-elections and nine other top stories

Voting for Araria Lok Sabha seat and Assembly Constituencies of Bhabua & Jehanabad: - Well, as you all may know that Bypolls on Lok Sabha seat and two assembly seats in Bihar is going on and votings are taking place today.

Speaking to reporters after casting his vote in the Gorakpur bypolls, the priest-turned-politician noted that the public believes in the mantra of development and governance given by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. "Their (SP-BSP) votes will be transferred only when they have enough votes". The BSP here too is supporting the SP candidate.

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.

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The ruling BJP will try to retain both the seats and register a win with a more significant edge.BJP has fielded Kaushalendra Singh Patel from Phulpur and Upendra Dutt Shukla from Gorakhpur against the SP's Pravin Nishad and Nagendra Pratap Singh Patel individually. Congress candidate from Gorakhpur is Sureetha Kareem and from Phulpur is Manish Mishra. Prior to Yogi Adityanath, the seat was thrice represented in Parliament by his mentor Yogi Avaidyanath.

Apart from the Provincial Armed Constabulary (PAC) and homeguards, 65 companies of central paramilitary forces have been deployed to ensure peaceful bypolls.

The bye-elections are being watched with much eagerness as this is the first electoral battle in the state since last year's political realignment when Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, who also heads the JD (U), walked out of the Grand Alliance and rejoined the BJP-led NDA.

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In Bihar, voting for by-election in Araria Lok Sabha seat and two assembly seats in Jehanabad and Bhabua are being held.

Results for all the seats will be declared on March 14.

In Phulpur, the urban assembly constituency of City North witnessed a low of 21.65% voting, while the three rural constituencies of Phulpur, Soraon and Phaphamau recorded 46.32%, 45%, 43% polling, respectively.

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According to the Election Commission, there are 19.61 lakh voters in Phulpur parliamentary constituency, while the Gorakhpur Lok Sabha seat has 19.49 lakh electorates.

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