Uttar Pradesh, Bihar bypolls: Early trends give BJP gains in Bihar, setback in Uttar Pradesh
The bye-elections to 2 Lok Sabha seats in Uttar Pradesh and three Meeting constituencies in Bihar have been touted as a barometer of how the BJP and its allies may carry out within the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. Checked out that manner, early traits gave the BJP positive factors in Bihar and a setback in Uttar Pradesh.
After three rounds of counting, the BJP appears set to carry on to UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath’s stronghold of Gorakhpur. BJP’s Upendra Dutt Shukla led SP-BSP challenger Pravin Nishad. The constituency has been vacant since Adityanath resigned to take over as UP Chief Minister.
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The BJP nonetheless could possibly be in for a setback in Phulpur. SP-BSP candidate Nagendra Pratap Singh Patel led over BJP’s Kaushalendra Patel, however solely by a slender margin of about 1000 votes. Keshav Prasad Maurya had gained the seat in 2014, and had stop concurrently Adityanath to hitch as his Deputy CM.
The Congress has additionally put up candidates in Gorakhpur and Phulpur.
The BJP and its ally JDU nonetheless have cause to smile in Bihar. Within the early rounds of counting, they appear set to retain Bhabua and snatch Araria from the RJD. Nonetheless, the Jehanabad race could possibly be headed for a photograph end, with the JDU and RJD candidates exchanging the leads with every spherical of counting.
The bypolls to the three seats in Bihar had been necessitated by the deaths of their holders. However within the run-up to polling, the RJD had tried to border it as a referendum on Nitish Kumar’s choice to interrupt ties with the RJD and return to the BJP fold.