Close to midday, Samajwadi candidate Praveen Kumar Nishad was major by more than 1,500 votes more than BJP’s Upendra Dutt Shukla.
District Magistrate Rajeev Rautela reportedly walked into the counting centre and stopped staff from giving updates to the media. He also banned reporters from getting into the counting place, which is unparalleled.
Denying that his go was connected to the worrying developments for the ruling party, Mr Rautela reported: “The counting of votes is underway. When the assistant Returning Officer sends counting figures of any spherical from the 5 assembly constituencies, it is scrutinised by the Returning Officer and two observers scrutinise the counting figures manually and digitally and then sign it. This course of action normally takes time.”
Bypolls had been held in Gorakhpur after 5-time parliamentarian Yogi Adityanath vacated the seat after becoming Chief Minister past yr.
The Samajwadi Party is also major in the bypolls in Phulpur, which was vacated by his deputy Keshav Prasad Maurya.
In equally seats, the Samajwadi Party and Mayawati’s BSP – regional heavyweights and bitter rivals – pooled assets in a rare deal that incorporates the Samajwadi’s assistance for the BSP in Rajya Sabha elections in UP later on this month.Yogi Adityanath campaigned hard in equally constituencies and explained the by-elections as a costume rehearsal for the general election subsequent yr.