Poor voting percentage in the by polls and the coming together of arch rivals Samajwadi Party-Bahujan Samaj Party has made the contest interesting in the elections.
According to reports, a top official ordered the media out of the counting centre as soon as the gap started narrowing between the candidates of the ruling BJP and its main challenger, the Samajwadi Party.
By-election result LIVE updates: The SP-BSP alliance seems to be wresting control of Gorakhpur from the BJP as the alliance has taken a lead of over 15,000 votes. When ARO sends counting figures of any round from the 5 assembly constituencies, it is scrutinised by the RO & 2 observers scrutinise the counting figures manually & digitally & then sign it. "This process takes time", Rautela said. We will announce it soon.
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A huge controversy broke out after officials at Gorakhpur, Uttar Pradesh blacked out the counting of votes and also banned media persons.
The other reason for such a keen interest in these polls is that both seats in Uttar Pradesh are prestige battles.
Samajwadi Party is leading in both Phulpur and Gorakhpur Lok Sabha seats.
Meanwhile, in Gorakhpur, District Magistrate Rajiv Routela said as per EC instructions, there will be restrictions on victory processions after the results.
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The Araria seat fell vacant after the death of Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) MP Mohammad Taslimuddin. Congress candidate Sureetha Kareem was a distant third with only 1,712 votes in her kitty.
The voter turnout was 47.45 per cent in Gorakhpur and 37.39 per cent in Phulpur in Sunday's polling.
Ten nominees are in the fray from Gorakhpur, while 22 candidates contested from Phulpur.
The Gorakhpur seat was vacated by Yogi Adityanath after he became Chief Minister while the Phulpur seat fell vacant after the election of his deputy Keshav Prasad Maurya as an MLC in the state assembly.
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Media has been banned from reporting trends in Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath's home bastion, Gorakhpur as soon as the counting for the state bypolls commenced on Wednesday morning.