The Samajwadi Party has slipped into the lead as votes are counted in by-elections for Uttar Pradesh's Gorakhpur parliament seat, where a top official has barred the media from entering the counting centre in what is now a full-blown political controversy.
There was ruckus in the Uttar Pradesh Assembly leading to temporary adjournment. Nishad is the leader of NISHAD party, which is headed by his father Sanjay Nishad.
After the 10th round of counting in Phulpur, BJP's Kashlendra Singh Patel had secured 106,534 votes and the Samajwadi Party's Nagendra Singh Patel 122,247 - a lead of 15,713 votes.
Phulpur Bypoll: Samajwadi Party's Nagendra Pratap Singh Patel leading by 1437 votes with 7600 votes, BJP's Kaushlendra Singh Patel 6163 votes after round 3. The results are expected to be declared by Thursday afternoon, according to an Election Commission official.
Gorakhpur Bypoll: BJP's Upendra Dutt Shukla leading with 15577 votes, SP's Praveen Kumar Nishad second with 13911 votes.More news: Muhammad Wilkerson, Packers Agree to Contract After 7 Seasons with Jets
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So why are two bypolls in Uttar Pradesh for the Lok Sabha such a big deal?
Gorakhpur has been a BJP seat for almost three decades but the SP and BJP joined hands this time hoping to spring a surprise. The direct fight is between SP, BSP and BJP. The results of the Phulpur and Gorakhpur Lok Sabha bypolls will be announced on Wednesday and the results can be significant in light of the 2019 general elections. SP candidate is ahead with 12,231 votes. In the Bhabua and Jehanabad Assembly constituencies in Bihar, where by-polls were also held, the voter turnout was 54.03 per cent and 50.06 per cent respectively, he said. The byelections for the Gorakhpur Lok Sabha Assembly seat is turning out to be in Samajwadi Party's favour.
In Phulpur, the poorest polling was reported from Allahabad (East) where only 21.65 percent voters turned up to exercise their franchise, followed by Allahabad (West) with 31 percent.
However, as of now, only the initial rounds of counting has been completed, and these are heavily influenced by postal votes. Gorakhpur witnessed a polling percentage of 47.45 percent while Phulpur saw a turnout of only 37.39 percent at the close of the voting on Sunday.
Mr Rautela told reporters, "You can shoot as much as you want". This is the first time in Gorakhpur when the Samajwadi party is leading. The Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) and the Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) have extended support to the SP candidate.