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UP By-Elections Congress Blames Samajwadi Party For Ruining Joint Front Against BJP

The Gorakhpur seat had fallen vacant after the resignation of Yogi Adityanath who became the Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister in 2017.

In Gorakhpur parliamentary constituency, there are 970 polling centres and 2141 polling booths, while in Phulpur, there are 793 polling centres and 2059 polling booths.

Sample Gorakhpur: Yogi Adityanath, who has represented the seat for five consecutive terms in Lok Sabha, did not leave a single stone unturned in his bastion by addressing 21 rallies there.

On being asked about the BJP's expansion plans in the State in view of the electoral understanding between SP and BSP, Mr. Maurya said, "We have already expanded enough, and in future if any political party wants to join us, it will be definitely deliberated upon". In a bid to ensure peaceful polling, nearly, 6,500 personnel of central armed para-military forces, Provincial Armed Constabulary and homeguards have been deployed.

Meanwhile, candidates in the fray for the Phulpur seat are Kaushalendra Singh Patel from the BJP, Nagendra Pratap Singh Patel from SP and Manish Mishra from Congress.

Much is at stake both for the ruling party and the Opposition as the prestigious Gorakhpur and Phulpur seats go to poll on Sunday.

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Hectic campaigning was done by the Congress and BJP while BSP backed the SP for the polls.

The by elections will be first major test for Yogi Adityanath, as he himself has been a five-time MP from the temple town of Gorakhpur. However, the tragedy in Gorakhpur's Baba Raghav Das Medical College past year where over 70 infants died due to lack of oxygen may have an impact on the results. Mr. Adityanath had to vacate his Gorakhpur Lok Sabha seat.

By-elections are also being conducted on Sunday at Phulpur, the constituency that was earlier represented by UP Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya.

The Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) Upendra Dutt Shukla is in the fray for the seat this time. Sureetha Kareem is the Congress candidate from Gorakhpur.

In both the seats, the Congress, which had an alliance with the SP in the last Assembly polls, is fighting separately. However, this time, the party faces a new challenge as the SP contestants have the backing of BSP.

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