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UP By-Election Result 2018: Akhilesh Yadav calls on Mayawati to thank her but keeps mum on future of alliance

The results of the Phulpur and Gorakhpur bypolls in Uttar Pradesh will be announced on Wednesday and the results can be significant in light of the 2019 general elections.

FP Staff March 14, 2018 21:03:59 IST
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UP By-Election Result 2018: Akhilesh Yadav calls on Mayawati to thank her but keeps mum on future of alliance

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UP recorded most number of riots in 2017

As the BJP has lost both Lok Sabha seats in Uttar Pradesh bypolls, the party will analyse the causes of defeat in due course. The party has fought elections on the development plank, but a communal undertone to Indian politics cannot be denied.

According to MHA data, the country has recorded a spike in the number of communal riots in 2017 and Uttar Pradesh has topped the list. The highest number of communal incidents in 2017 were reported in Uttar Pradesh where 44 people were killed and 542 others were injured in 195 communal incidents.

The highest number of communal incidents in 2017 were reported in Uttar Pradesh where 44 people were killed and 542 others were injured in 195 communal incidents.

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Man behind media gag in Gorakhpur: Rajiv Rautela was suspended by HC in December 2017

In December 2017, the Allahabad High Court had ordered the suspension of two district magistrates — Rajiv Rautela and Rakesh Kumar Singh — in a case related to illegal mining from Kosi River in Rampur district. Rautela and Singh were accused of promoting illegal mining during their tenure as district magistrates in Rampur despite the ban on mining in Uttar Pradesh.

The Allahabad High Court had also directed the UP chief secretary to take disciplinary action against the two DMs and submit a report on 16 January, 2018. The High Court had given instructions to investigate the role of administrative and police officials in the case and to take departmental action. There is no word on that report. 

Amid all this, the man behind the unprecendented gag order on the media happens to be Rautela. Setting up a huge political controversy, officials in Gorakhpur - the home base of Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath - blacked out the counting for parliamentary bypolls and banned the media allegedly as soon as trends started favouring the opposition candidate over that of the ruling BJP. Rautela reportedly walked into the counting centre and stopped personnel from giving updates to the media.

The Lucknow Assembly was also adjourned over this issue as Opposition created ruckus in the House. 

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Akhilesh Yadav calls on Mayawati to thank her

Mar 14, 2018 - 19:27 (IST)

SP wrests Gorakhpur, Phulpur Lok Sabha seats 

In a major blow to the BJP, the Samajwadi Party, backed by its otherwise bitter foe BSP, wrested the Phulpur Lok Sabha seat by 59,613 votes and bagged the Gorakhpur seat with over 21,000 votes. 

Mar 14, 2018 - 18:37 (IST)

BJP forced backwards, Dalits, poor people to unite against it

Akhilesh Yadav said that whichever party hurts the people have to pay the price, and the BJP's policies have been such that they have harassed the poor, backward and Dalits in the state. "They came to power on big promises but they failed to deliver anything," he said. 

"Acche din to aaye nahi, kam se kam inko bure din dikhane ke liye janta ekjut ho gayi (The promised good days never came, but it reunited the people against them)," Akhilesh said. 

Mar 14, 2018 - 18:15 (IST)

Akhilesh Yadav addresses media after party's spectacular win in LS seats

Mar 14, 2018 - 18:10 (IST)

Ram Gopal Yadav says verdict people's dismissal of BJP policies, shares win's credit with BSP

Samajwadi Party's Rajya Sabha MP and Akhilesh's uncle  Ram Gopal Yadav, who is credited for bringing Samajwadi Party and Bahujan Samaj Party on the same table, today thanked the party's workers for ensuring the SP candidates' win. He said the people have openly rejected the BJP's divisive rule and its policies. 

Mar 14, 2018 - 18:07 (IST)

Watch: SP's Phulpur candidate credits Mayawati's BSP for win

Mar 14, 2018 - 17:57 (IST)

Akhilesh Yadav reaches Samajwadi Party headquarters

Mar 14, 2018 - 17:49 (IST)

Yogi Adityanath says overconfidence cost seats, concedes party underestimated SP-BSP combine

Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath conceded defeat as trends became clear in Gorakhpur, and SP won Phulpur with over 59,000 votes. Speaking to the press, he said that his party will analyse the reasons of defeat and improve its performance. He, however, conceded that overconfidence may have cost the party the two Lok Sabha seats. 

Adityanath also said that the BJP failed to preempt and prepare for the opportunistic and incompatible marriage of Samajwadi Party and Bahujan Samaj Party in the elections. 

Mar 14, 2018 - 17:31 (IST)

Congress candidates lose deposits in both seats

According to ANI, Congress party candidates have not been able to even save their security deposits in Phulpur ad Gorakhpur. This would be a major set back for the party as the politically important Phulpur seat was once represented by Jawaharlal Nehru. 

According to Election Commission website, a defeated candidate loses his security deposit if he/she fails to secure more than one sixth of the valid votes polled in the constituency.

Gorakhpur and Phulpur bypoll results latest updates: Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav shared the credit of his victory with Mayawati's BSP and other smaller parties that supported his party's candidates. He said that the BJP losing in chief minister's bastion and deputy chief minister's constituency is a strong political message even at the national level.

Samajwadi Party's Praveen Kumar Nishad has won the Gorakhpur seat by over 21,000 votes defeating the BJP for the first time in 26 years. Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has conceded defeat and has said that the party was caught upreared in the face of last minute SP-BSP combine.

In a huge blow to the ruling BJP, the Samajwadi Party candidate Nagendra Patel won the Phulpur Lok Sabha seat with 59,613 votes defeating BJP's Kashlendra Singh Patel.

Samajwadi Party's Praveen Kumar Nishad is ahead of the BJP with over 28,000 votes, the latest tally shows. After the 19th round of counting, SP is at 2,93,153 votes and BJP is at 2,64,416 votes.

As Samajwadi Party raced ahead of BJP in both Gorakhpur and Phulpur Lok Sabha constituencies, party workers of BSP and SP raised 'bua-bhateeja zindabad' slogans.

Dubbed as the arch-rival in the regional political arena, Mayawati and Akhilesh decided to be partners for the ongoing bypolls to counter the BJP in the state. The saffron party had steamrolled SP and BSP in last year's state Assembly election.

In what might seem as a major upset for chief minister Yogi Adityanath, Mayawati-Akhilesh partnership in Gorakhpur has edged past the BJP. According to data given by Election Commission, the Samajwadi Party is ahead of the BJP with 11,9427 votes. The BJP is trailing behind with 10,8829 votes.

After first four rounds of counting in GorakhpurDistrict Magistrate Rajiv Rautela told Firstpost that Samajwadi Party is leading with 59,960 votes. Bharatiya Janata Party is close second with 56,945 votes. Congress stands at an abysmal 2,386 votes. The BJP's lead in Gorakhpur is very slender, down to just 1,900 votes. But with no observer to sign the forms, official statistics aren't out yet.

BJP's candidate from Phulpur Kaushlendra Singh Patel spoke to the media and said that early trends do not mean much. "BJP will win with a huge mandate," Patel says.

The latest updates from the Election Commission said that the Samajwadi Party is leading with 12,383 votes in Phulpur Lok Sabha constituency while the BJP is trailing with 9,906 votes.

The Bharatiya Janata Party has taken an early lead in Gorakhpur Lok Sabha constituency while the Samajwadi Party is leading in Phulpur. In Gorakhpur, a seat represented by Yogi Adityanath for five consecutive terms, the Samajwadi Party has fielded Praveen Kumar Nishad, the son of Nishad Party chief Sanjay Nishad, as its candidate. Nishad will take on the BJP’s Upendra Shukla and Congress leader Surhita Chatterjee Karim. In Phulpur, the Samajwadi Party has fielded Nagendra Singh Patel, an OBC leader. Patel will contest against BJP candidate and fellow OBC leader Kaushlendra Singh Patel, who has also been Varanasi mayor.

An official of the Election Commission told Firstpost that Akhilesh Yadav-led and backed by Mayawati Samajwadi Party is leading from Phulpur Lok Sabha constituency. According to latest updates, Upendra Dutt Sharma of BJP is leading from Gorakhpur.

Counting has begun for the Phulpur Lok Sabha seat. The main contenders from this crucial constituency are Kaushalendra Singh Patel from the BJP, Nagendra Pratap Singh Patel from SP, Manish Mishra from the Congress

The announcement by the Mayawati led Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) to support Samajwadi Party’s candidate has made these bypolls very interesting as the results of these polls will decide on future alliance of the arch-rivals. The arrangement between the parties has left BJP in an uneasy position and entire BJP machinery had to do a war like campaigning on both the seats. The direct fight is between SP, BSP and BJP.

The elections see a triangular contest between the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP)-backed Samajwadi Party, the Bharatiya Janata Party and the Congress which chose to fight the elections on its own. 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.

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

The BJP, which has an overwhelming majority in the state Assembly, has nothing to lose in terms of number, but the polls can be a precursor to the general elections next year. Moreover, it will also be interesting to see whether Adityanath and Maurya, both stalwarts in their party, can transfer their support base to the new BJP candidates.

However, the stakes are also high for the Opposition after BSP chief Mayawati went out of character and announced support to the Samajwadi Party candidates.

Low voter turnout was recorded at both the constituencies. The polling was Forty-three percent voters cast their mandate in the Gorakhpur parliamentary constituency on Sunday while Phulpur recorded an even lesser 37.39 percent turnout as the crucial bypolls to the two Lok Sabha seats were held peacefully, the state election office said.

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.

Snags in the electronic voting machines (EVMs) were reported from some places. Polling was held up at Kidwai College in Allahabad (East) for some time due to a technical glitch.

In Gorakhpur, the lowest voter turnout of 33 percent was in Gorakhpur city, and the highest 47 percent in Sahjanwa and Campierganj. Both Chief Minister Adityanath and Maurya claimed victory for the BJP candidates, irrespective of the voter turnout in the two seats.

After casting his vote, a beaming Adityanath told reporters that the "BJP continues to get a groundswell of public support since they are witnessing development, peace and prosperity under its government". He also denied the influence of the Samajwadi Party-Bahujan Samaj Party alliance on the bypoll results.

The Samajwadi Party (SP) has fielded Praveen Nishad in Gorakhpur. The Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) and the Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) have extended support to the SP candidate. The Congress is fighting on its own and has named Surahita Kareem as its candidate.

With inputs from agencies

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