LS bypolls in Uttar Pradesh, Bihar see low turnouts

UP chief minister Yogi Adityanath addresses during a campaign ahead of Phulpur bypoll at Nawabganj in Allahabad

UP chief minister Yogi Adityanath addresses during a campaign ahead of Phulpur bypoll at Nawabganj in Allahabad

The bypolls were necessitated after Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and the deputy chief minister vacated the Gorakhpur and Phulpur Lok Sabha seats respectively, following their election to the Uttar Pradesh Legislative Council.

In Uttar Pradesh, the voter turnout till 11 am was 16.80 percent in Gorakhpur and 12.20 percent in Phulpur. These parties are indulging in negative politics, politics of bargaining and politics of opportunism. Phulpur, once represented by the country's first prime minister, Jawaharlal Nehru, witnessed a saffron surge in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections as Maurya won there. The counting of votes will take place on Wednesday.

Talking to media after casting his vote at Jawala Devi inter college, Maurya said that the unholy alliance between the SP and BSP will not at all have any impact on the "Vijay rath" of the BJP. The Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) and the Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) have extended their support to the SP candidate.

The reason behind the lower than expected turnout in the high-stakes polls in UP, the countrys electorally most significant state with 80 Lok Sabha seats, was said to be a lack of enthusiasm among voters who are now looking forward to the general elections next year. "The state has suffered the negative consequences of SP and BSP governments". Sureetha Kareem is the Congress candidate from Gorakhpur.

The voting for the bye-elections to the two Lok Sabha seats began on a boring note but picked up momentum in the day amid tight security, they said.

A police case was filed against BJP state president Nityanand Rai for allegedly making a provocative speech that "voting for RJD candidate will turn the state into a safe haven for the ISIS".

"People have decided that they want good governance and development". Here, the contest is between the RJD's Sarafaraz Alam (son of Taslimuddin whose death necessitated the bypoll), and the BJP's Pradip Singh, the victor in 2009 and runners up in 2014.

The RJD is trying to retain its Jehanabad seat which fell vacant after the death of its MLA Mundrika Singh Yadav. Another key candidate in the fray is JDU's Abhiram Sharma.

The BJP is hopeful of retaining the Bhabhua Assembly seat riding on a sympathy wave for Anand Bhushan Pandey whose death at the age of 48 has necessitated the bypoll.

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