Both the bye polls have been necessitated following resignation of Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath from Gorakhpur seat and Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya from Phulpur Lok Sabha seats after their elections to State Legislative Council.
The results for both states will be declared on March 14. The Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) and the Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) have extended their support to the SP candidate. On the same day, the by-election for Bihar's Lok Sabha Araria seat and two assembly seats -Jehanabad and Bhabua- are also being held.
Maurya exuded confidence that the BJP would sweep the ongoing bypolls. The state has suffered the negative consequences because of this. BJP is not anxious even if the Congress also joins this unholy alliance. "There is anger among people against Nitish Kumar-led government here because they feel that the mandate they gave in 2015 was violated". "Bypolls will be a positive referendum on my one year of governance", the chief minister said.
In Bihar, it is the first electoral test for Chief Minister Nitish Kumar after he walked out of the "grand alliance" previous year and teamed up with the BJP. Prior to Yogi Adityanath, the seat was thrice represented in Parliament by his mentor Yogi Avaidyanath.
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The BJP, while assured of upper caste votes, is anxious about the non-Yadav Backward and non-Jatav Dalit votes, especially after the BSP's backing to Samajwadi Party candidates.
Gorakhpur is the parliamentary constituency and stronghold of Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath.
"The opposition's tall claims were only to confuse voters".
On being asked about the BJP's expansion plans in the state in view of the electoral understanding between SP and BSP, Maurya said, "We have already expanded enough, and in future if any political party wants to join us, it will be definitely deliberated upon".
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The voting for the Lok Sabha by-election for two constituencies of Uttar Pradesh, Gorakhpur and Phulpur, began on Sunday morning.
A total of 19.63 lakh voters will decide the fate of 22 candidates.
The BJP has fielded Kaushlendra Singh Patel who is pitted against Nagendra Singh Patel of the SP. The Congress has fielded Manish Mishra.
Meanwhile, Independent candidate from Phulpur and former MP Atiq Ahmed is in Deoria jail and had monitored the polling from there.
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