Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav during a campaign rally ahead of bypolls in Phulpur Lok Sabha constituency. Photo: PTI
Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav during a campaign rally ahead of bypolls in Phulpur Lok Sabha constituency. Photo: PTI

UP, Bihar bypoll results highlights: SP-BSP, RJD halt BJP juggernaut, win Araria, Gorakhpur, Phulpur

BJP has lost Uttar Pradesh’s Gorakhpur and Phulpur Lok Sabha seats, and Araria in Bihar to SP and RJD. Here are the latest updates and developments

The Uttar Pradesh (UP) and Bihar bypoll results on Wednesday came as a rude shock for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and its UP CM Yogi Adityanath as the party lost the Phulpur Lok Sabha seat, and is on the verge of a defeat in its traditional bastion of Gorakhpur. The saffron party is also trailing in Bihar’s Araria Lok Sabha constituency. In the process, the UP and Bihar bypoll results have come as a shot in the arm for Akhilesh Yadav’s Samajawadi Party (SP), Mayawati’s Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), and Lalu Prasad’s Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) as these parties have stopped the BJP juggernaut. SP has won Phulpur and is leading in Gorakhpur, while the RJD is leading in Araria. BJP retained the Bhabua assembly seat, while RJD won Jehanabad. Here are the latest updates and developments from Uttar Pradesh, Bihar Lok Sabha and assembly bypolls results 2018:
14 Mar 2018, 06:36:00 PM IST

BJP loses Gorakhpur to Samajwadi Party by over 21000 votes

Samajwadi Party’s Praveen Kumar Nishad has won the Gorakhpur Lok Sabha constituency by a margin of over 21,881 votes over his nearest BJP rival, ANI reports.

14 Mar 2018, 06:34:00 PM IST

Thank voters, Mayawati for support: Akhilesh Yadav

Addressing a press briefing after winning both the Phulpur and Gorakhpur Lok Sabha seats on Wednesday, Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav said, “If this is the anger of people in areas of CM & Deputy CM, you can imagine the anger of the people of the rest of the country.”

14 Mar 2018, 06:28:00 PM IST

Gorakhpur, Phulpur bypoll outcome lesson for BJP: Yogi Adityanath

The Gorakhpur and Phulpur Lok Sabha by-election results were a “lesson”, Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath said on Wednesday, citing over-confidence and the inability to understand the understanding between SP and BSP as prime reasons for the BJP’s defeat. The fact that the BJP lost both the seats—Gorakhpur was vacated by Adityanath and Phulpur by his deputy Keshav Prasad Maurya—was a reason for review, the chief minister added. “When the candidates were declared, the SP, BSP and Congress were not together...they had not joined hands then. But suddenly in the middle of the election, the SP and the BSP forged an electoral understanding,” he told the media from his residence. “The over-confidence and inability to understand the electoral understanding between the SP and the BSP led to the defeat,” Adityanath stressed. Political bargaining has started in the state and people of the state will understand it, he said. The chief minister, who has represented Gorakhpur in the Lok Sabha five times, said local issues led to the party’s poor performance in by-elections, not the policies of the Centre. He noted that local issues dominated and voter turnout was also low. “When the general elections are held, there will be national issues. Under the leadership of PM Narendra Modi, there has been a sense of confidence which is prevailing in the country...but all these will be reviewed.” The election results, he stressed, were a lesson. (PTI)

14 Mar 2018, 06:21:00 PM IST

RJD retains Araria Lok Sabha seat

Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) wins Araria Lok Sabha bypoll in Bihar by over 60,000 votes: Election office. (PTI)

14 Mar 2018, 06:02:00 PM IST

Voters are angry with BJP: Rahul Gandhi after by-election result

Congratulating the winners of the Lok Sabha by-elections, Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday said it was clear that people were angry with the BJP and would vote for any non-BJP candidate with the potential to win. He also said the Congress was keen to rebuild the party in Uttar Pradesh but that would not happen overnight. (PTI)

14 Mar 2018, 05:52:00 PM IST

Bihar bypolls: RJD retains Jehanabad, BJP holds on to Bhabhua

The Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) on Wednesday retained the Jehanabad assembly seat and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) the Bhabhua constituency in bypolls in Bihar. In the Araria Lok Sabha segment bypoll, the RJD has established a lead of more than 18,000 votes after the 13th round of counting of votes, election office sources said in Patna. (PTI)

14 Mar 2018, 05:46:00 PM IST

Jehanabad: RJD’s Suday Yadav wins over JDU’s Abhiram Sharma

In the Jehanabad assembly seat, RJD’s Suday Yadav defeated his Janata Dal (United) rival Abhiram Sharma by more than 30,000 votes. Suday Yadav is the son of former state minister Mundrika Singh Yadav, whose death necessitated the bypoll. Defeat of JD(U) nominee Abhiram Sharma at Jehanabad is a bad news for chief minister Nitish Kumar who had in July last year dumped the Grand Alliance and joined hands with the BJP to form a coalition government. In Bhabhua, BJP’s Rinki Rani Pandey defeated her Congress rival Shambhu Singh Patel by about 14,000 votes. (PTI)

14 Mar 2018, 05:41:00 PM IST

RJD’s Sarfaraz Alam leads by over 18000 votes against BJP rival

RJD’s Sarfaraz Alam has established a lead of 18,000 votes over his nearest BJP adversary Pradip Kumar Singh in Araria after 13th round of counting of votes. A total of 28 rounds of counting has to be completed before announcement of results of Araria. The Lok Sabha constituency was represented by RJD’s Mohammad Taslimuddin whose death on 17 September, 2017 necessitated the bypoll there. The RJD candidate at Araria Sarfaraz Alam, who crossed over from JD(U) to Lalu Prasad’s party to enter into fray in the bypoll, is son of Taslimuddin. (PTI)

14 Mar 2018, 05:39:00 PM IST

Will work on strategy to counter SP-BSP alliance: Yogi Adityanath

14 Mar 2018, 05:38:00 PM IST

We accept verdict, will review shortcomings: Yogi Adityanath

14 Mar 2018, 05:32:00 PM IST

Congress candidates lose deposits in Phulpur, Gorakhpur

Congress candidates from Phulpur and Gorakhpur Lok Sabha seats have lost their deposits, ANI reports.

14 Mar 2018, 05:26:00 PM IST

Will work to perform better in 2019: UP BJP chief

14 Mar 2018, 05:19:00 PM IST

Credit for win goes to Akhilesh, Mayawati, says SP’s Nagendra Patel

14 Mar 2018, 05:00:00 PM IST

SP’s Nagendra Patel wins Phulpur bypolls by margin of over 59000 votes

Samajwadi Party’s Nagendra Pratap Singh Patel defeats BJP’s Kaushlendra Singh Patel by 59,460 votes to win Phulpur Lok Sabha bypoll, PTI reports quoting an Election Commission official.

14 Mar 2018, 04:55:00 PM IST

UP bypoll results: Will go back to drawing board, say BJP leaders

Lucknow: Stung by the unexpected reversals in two crucial Lok Sabha bypolls in Uttar Pradesh, the BJP said today it will go back to the drawing board and revisit its strategy ahead of the general elections next year especially with the Samajwadi Party (SP) and Bahujan Samaj Party (BJP) drawing closer.“We had not seen the Samajwadi Party and BSP coming together but since we have come to know of this now...and though there is still a long time (ahead of the polls)...we will redraw our strategy keeping this factor in mind,” senior minister is the Yogi Adityanath government, Sidharth Nath Singh, said stressing that those who wanted development were still with the saffron party. (PTI)

14 Mar 2018, 04:27:00 PM IST

SP’s Nagendra Patel takes massive lead in Phulpur

14 Mar 2018, 04:26:00 PM IST

Rahul Gandhi congratulates winners of UP, Bipar Lok Sabha bypolls

14 Mar 2018, 04:12:00 PM IST

Gorakhpur bypolls: SP leads by close to 23000 votes over BJP

In Gorakhpur, Samajwadi Party’s Praveen Kumar Nishad leads by 22,954 votes with 3,77,146 votes, BJP’s Upendra Dutt Shukla second with 3,54,192 votes after 25th round of counting, ANI reports.

14 Mar 2018, 03:52:00 PM IST

Bihar bypoll results: RJD wins Jehanabad, BJP gets Bhabua

RJD has won Jehanabad assembly bypoll, while the BJP’s Rinky Rani Pandey has won Bhabua assembly by-poll, according to ANI.

14 Mar 2018, 03:44:00 PM IST

UP has expressed no-confidence in its govt: SP’s Ram Gopal Yadav

14 Mar 2018, 03:36:00 PM IST

SP takes huge lead in Phulpur, Gorakhpur

At the end of the 21st round of counting of votes, Samajwadi Party’s Praveen Nishad was leading by 26,446 votes in Gorakhpur over his nearest BJP rival, PTI reports. In Phulpur as well, the SP candidate Nagendra Pratap Singh Patel is leading by 38,498 votes after 25 rounds of counting, PTI adds.

14 Mar 2018, 03:24:00 PM IST

SP’s Ram Govind Choudhury meets BSP supremo Mayawati

14 Mar 2018, 03:08:00 PM IST

SP consolidates leads in Gorakhpur, Phulpur Lok Sabha seats

Candidates of the Samajwadi Party (SP) consolidated their leads over nearest BJP rivals in Gorakhpur and Phulpur Lok Sabha seats in Uttar Pradesh, latest trends showed. The Samajwadi Party had an electoral understanding with Mayawati’s BSP and tied up with local satraps. Its candidate Pravin Nishad was leading over Upendra Dutt Shukla of BJP by 26,510 votes in Gorakhpur at the end of 17th round of counting. In Phulpur too, SP candidate Nagendra Pratap Singh Patel was leading by 29,474 votes after 20th round of counting. With some more rounds of counting still being left, the overall picture appeared that the electorate did not back the saffron party ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha election.

14 Mar 2018, 02:56:00 PM IST

Didn’t expect BSP votes shifting massively to SP, says Keshav Prasad Maurya

14 Mar 2018, 02:47:00 PM IST

Phulpur bypoll results: SP’s Nagendra Pratap widens lead over BJP

Samajwadi Party candidate Nagendra Pratap Singh Patel is leading by 29,474 votes in Phulpur after 20th round of counting, PTI reports.

14 Mar 2018, 02:42:00 PM IST

Bihar bypolls: RJD leading on 2 seats, BJP in one

The RJD established leads in Araria Lok Sabha seat and Jehanabad assembly constituency while the BJP was leading in Bhabhua Assembly seat in bypolls in Bihar. According to latest data, RJD’s Sarfaraz Alam, who had in the earlier rounds trailed behind BJP’s Pradip Kumar Singh, was now leading by about 14,500 votes after ninth rounds of counting of votes.RJD was also leading by more than 15,000 votes in Jehanabad assembly seat, where the BJP’s ally JDU, headed by chief minister Nitish Kumar, has fielded its candidate.In Bhabhua, BJP candidate Rinki Rani Pandey seemed comfortably placed with a lead of close to 10,000 votes over her Congress rival Shambhu Singh Patel. (PTI)

14 Mar 2018, 02:40:00 PM IST

In Gorakhpur, SP ahead of BJP by over 26,000 votes

Praveen Nishad of SP ahead by 26,510 votes over BJP after 17 rounds of counting in Gorakhpur Lok Sabha bypolls, PTI reports.

14 Mar 2018, 02:33:00 PM IST

Mamata Banerjee congratulates Mayawati, Akhilesh

14 Mar 2018, 02:28:00 PM IST

Uttar Pradesh bypolls: SP leads by over 27000 votes after 16th round of counting

SP candidate Nagendra Pratap Singh Patel leading by 27,627 votes in Phulpur after 16th round of counting, PTI reports. In Gorakhpur, Praveen Nishad of the Samajwadi Party leads by 19,201 votes in Gorakhpur over the BJP at the end of 14th round of counting, it adds.

14 Mar 2018, 02:23:00 PM IST

Massive irregularities in vote-counting in Gorakhpur: SP to Election Commission

The Uttar Pradesh unit chief of the Samajwadi Party (SP), Naresh Uttam, has written to the Election Commission (EC), alleging large-scale irregularities in the ongoing counting of votes for the Gorakhpur Lok Sabha seat.In a letter to the chief electoral officer (CEO) of Uttar Pradesh, a copy of which was also sent to the Chief Election Commissioner of India, the SP leader alleged massive irregularities in the counting of votes and urged the EC to take immediate steps in this regard. The district administration, under pressure from the chief minister, was out to somehow ensure the victory of the BJP candidate...if the BJP managed to win from Gorakhpur, the people would lose faith in the EC, Uttam said.He further alleged that as soon as the counting began, the police lathicharged the people and chased them away to ensure that there was no one outside the counting centre and the district magistrate, who is also the district election officer, removed the SP agents from the counting centre. (PTI)

14 Mar 2018, 02:14:00 PM IST

Bihar bypolls: BJP leads in Bhabua, RJD ahead in Jehanabad

BJP leading in Bhabua with 40,501 votes, RJD leading in Jehanabad with 52,609 votes, ANI reports.

14 Mar 2018, 01:44:00 PM IST

SP workers celebrate as party widens lead over BJP in Gorakhpur, Phulpur

14 Mar 2018, 01:29:00 PM IST

Gorakhpur bypolls: SP extends lead in Yogi Adityanath bastion

In Gorakhpur Lok Sabha seat, Samajwadi Party’s Praveen Nishad has extended margin by 14,648 votes over the BJP at the end of ninth round of counting, an EC Official was quoted as saying by PTI.ANI reports that after 12th round of counting, SP’s Nishad is leading with 1,80,155 votes. BJP’s Upendra Dutt Shukla is second with 1,65,487 votes, it adds.

14 Mar 2018, 01:26:00 PM IST

Phulpur bypolls: SP now leads by over 20,000 votes

Samajwadi Party candidate Nagendra Pratap Singh Patel leading by 20,495 votes in Phulpur Lok Sabha constituency after 14th round of counting: Officials. (PTI)Nagendra Pratap has secured 1,55,314 votes, while BJP’s Kaushlendra Singh Patel has managed 1,34,819 votes after 14th round of counting, ANI reports.

14 Mar 2018, 01:23:00 PM IST

Advantage SP as BJP trails in Gorakhpur, Phulpur

Candidates of the ruling BJP were trailing in Gorakhpur and Phulpur Lok Sabha constituencies in Uttar Pradesh after several rounds of counting for the parliamentary by-elections, officials said. In the prestigious Gorakhpur Lok Sabha seat, the bastion of CM Yogi Adityanath, BJP’s Upendra Dutt Shukla was trailing behind Praveen Nishad of the SP by a margin of 10,598 votes.Gorakhpur district magistrate Rajeev Rautela, who is also the returning officer, announced the margin after the eighth round of counting. In Phulpur, SP candidate Nagendra Pratap Singh Patel increased his lead by 15,713 votes after 11th round of counting, officials said. The SP candidate was leading over BJP candidate Kaushalendra Patel, while independent Atiq Ahmed was at the third spot. (PTI)

14 Mar 2018, 01:14:00 PM IST

People have spoken against BJP, says Congress leader Jyotiraditya Scindia

14 Mar 2018, 12:57:00 PM IST

SP widens lead over BJP in Gorakhpur

In Yogi Adityanath’s bastion Gorkahpur, Samajwadi Party’s Praveen Kumar Nishad is leading with a margin of 10,598, having secured 1,19,427 votes, BJP’s Upendra Dutt Shukla second with 1,08,829 votes after eighth round of counting, ANI reports.

14 Mar 2018, 12:46:00 PM IST

SP’s Nagendra Patel extends lead by over 15000 votes in Phulpur

Samajwadi Party candidate Nagendra Pratap Singh Patel leading by 15,713 votes in Phulpur after eleventh rounds of counting: Officials. (PTI)ANI reports Nagendra has got 1,22,247 votes, while BJP’s Kaushlendra has managed to secure 1,06,534 votes after 11th round of counting.

14 Mar 2018, 12:39:00 PM IST

Bihar bypolls: BJP trails in Araria Lok Sabha seat

In Bihar, the BJP is leading in Bhabua with 23,640 votes, while the RJD leading in Jehanabad with 32,554 votes, ANI reports.In Araria Lok Sabha seat, RJD is leading by 455 votes with 1,95,527 votes, while BJP is second with 1,95,072 votes, ANI reports.

14 Mar 2018, 12:25:00 PM IST

SP, BSP workers start celebrations as BJP trails in Gorakhpur, Phulpur

14 Mar 2018, 12:21:00 PM IST

Gorakhpur bypolls: SP leads in Yogi Adityanath’s constituency

14 Mar 2018, 12:18:00 PM IST

Phulpur bypoll results: SP’s Nagendra Patel leads by over 14,000 votes

Samajwadi Party’s Nagendra Pratap Singh Patel leading by 14,239 with 111668 votes in Phulpur Lok Sabha constituency, BJP’s Kaushlendra Singh Patel second with 97369 votes after ten rounds of counting, ANI reports.

14 Mar 2018, 12:14:00 PM IST

SP’s Praveen Nishad leads by over 1500 votes in Gorakhpur

Praveen Nishad of SP leading by over 1,500 votes in Gorakhpur after third round of counting, an EC official was quoted as saying by PTI.

14 Mar 2018, 12:08:00 PM IST

Bihar bypoll results: BJP leads in Araria, Bhabua, RJD in Jehanabad

In Bihar’s Araria Lok Sabha seat, the BJP is leading by 1749 votes, while the RJD is second after 10 rounds of counting, ANI reports. In assembly seats, BJP is leading in Bhabua after eight rounds of counting with 19,738 votes. RJD is leading in Jehanabad after 10 rounds of counting with 29,551 votes, ANI adds.

14 Mar 2018, 11:52:00 AM IST

Gorakhpur bypoll results: SP leads in Yogi Adityanath bastion

14 Mar 2018, 11:38:00 AM IST

SP leads by over 12,000 votes in Phulpur Lok Sabha seat

Samajwadi Party’s Nagendra Pratap Singh Patel leading by 12,231 votes with 99,557 votes in Phulpur Lok Sabha constituency, while BJP’s Kaushlendra Singh Patel second with 87,326 votes after eight rounds of counting, ANI UP reports.PTI had earlier reported that the SP candidate is leading by 8,199 votes in Phulpur after seven rounds of counting.

14 Mar 2018, 11:27:00 AM IST

Bihar bypolls: BJP ahead in Araria and Bhabhua, RJD in Jehanabad

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is leading in the Araria Lok Sabha seat and Bhabua assembly constituency, while the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) was leading in the Jehanabad assembly seat in Bihar bypolls. After two rounds of counting, Pradeep Kumar Singh of the saffron party was leading by 2,321 votes in the Araria seat, EC officials said. Rinky Rani Pandey of the BJP was leading by 2,729 votes in the Bhabua Assembly constituency.RJD’s Suday Yadav was leading by around 1,200 votes in the Jehanabad Assembly seat, according to the early trends. (PTI)

14 Mar 2018, 10:58:00 AM IST

BJP’s Upendra Shukla leads in Gorakhpur

In Gorakhpur, BJP’s Upendra Dutt Shukla is ahead of SP’s Praveen Kumar Nishad. Shukla is leading with 15577 votes, while Nishad is trails with 13911 votes, ANI reports.

14 Mar 2018, 10:42:00 AM IST

BJP leads in Bhabua, RJD in Jehanabad assembly seats

In two assembly seats of Bihar, BJP is leading in Bhabua after counting of votes in third round, while the RJD is leading in Jehanabad after the second round, ANI reports.

14 Mar 2018, 10:31:00 AM IST

SP candidate leads in Phulpur in early trends, BJP leads in Araria

Samajwadi Party’s Nagendra Pratap Singh Patel leading by 1058 votes with 22,460 votes, while BJP’s Kaushlendra Singh Patel is at a close second with 21,402 votes in Phulpur Lok Sabha seat where bypolls were held on Sunday, ANI reports.In Bihar’s Araria, BJP is leading after first round of counting, ANI adds.

14 Mar 2018, 10:21:00 AM IST

SP’s Praveen Nishad confident of win in Gorakhpur bypolls

14 Mar 2018, 10:17:00 AM IST

Counting begins for bypolls to Araria Lok Sabha and 2 assembly seats in Bihar

Counting of votes for by-elections in Araria Lok Sabha seat and Bhabua and Jehanabad assembly constituencies in Bihar began amid tight security on Wednesday, officials said. The by-election to the Araria seat was necessitated by the death of RJD MP Mohammad Taslimuddin. The contest is mainly between RJD’s Sarafaraz Alam, Taslimuddin’s son, and BJP’s Pradip Singh, who had won the seat in 2009 and lost in 2014. In Jehanabad, the RJD hopes to retain the Assembly seat that fell vacant after the death of Mundrika Yadav. The party gave ticket to Yadav’s son Kumar Krishna Mohan. The BJP is hopeful of retaining the Bhabhua Assembly seat riding on a sympathy wave for Anand Bhushan Pandey whose death at the age of 48 necessitated the bypoll. The saffron party fielded Pandey’s wife Rinky Rani.This is the first electoral battle in the state since Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, who also heads the JD(U), walked out of the alliance with the RJD and the Congress and joined the BJP-led NDA last year. (PTI)

14 Mar 2018, 10:15:00 AM IST

Triangular contest between BJP, SP and the Congress in Gorakhpur, Phulpur Lok Sabha seats

According to the EC, there are 19.61 lakh voters in the Phulpur Parliamentary constituency, while the Gorakhpur Lok Sabha seat has 19.49 lakh voters.Termed by Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath a “rehearsal” for the 2019 Lok Sabha election, the bypolls saw a triangular contest involving the ruling BJP, the SP and the Congress. The saffron party had fielded Kaushalendra Singh Patel from Phulpur and Upendra Dutt Shukla from Gorakhpur. The SP had fielded Pravin Nishad from Gorakhpur and Nagendra Pratap Singh Patel from Phulpur. The Congress had nominated Sureetha Kareem for Gorakhpur and Manish Mishra for Phulpur. Gorakhpur is significant for the BJP as it is the bastion of the chief minister, who represented the seat in the Lok Sabha five times. Prior to Adityanath, the seat was thrice represented in Parliament by his mentor, Yogi Avaidyanath. Phulpur, once represented by the country’s first prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru, witnessed a saffron surge in the 2014 Lok Sabha election when Maurya won the seat. (PTI)

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