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Lok Sabha Bypolls: BJP faces humiliating defeat in Gorakhpur, Phulpur and Araria. Is this an alarm bell for BJP ahead of 2019?

“SAMAJWADI PARTY HAS WON THE PHULPUR WITH ITS CANDIDATE NAGENDRA PATEL DEFEATING THE BJP CANDIDATE BY 59,613 VOTES. The counting of votes for the bypoll elections for the Lok Sabha seats for the city of Gorakhpur and district of Phulpur in Uttar Pradesh has started which brings to highlight the following trends: Nagendra Pratap Singh Patel of the Samajwadi Party is won by 59,613 votes in Phulpur after 28th round of counting. Praveen Kumar Nishad of Samajwadi Party is leading by 22,954 votes with 3,77,146 votes. Whereas Upendra Dutt Shukla of BJP holds the second position as he is leading with 3,54,192 votes after 25th round of counting. Post 25 rounds of counting, the Samajwadi Party seems to be on the leading front by 22, 954 votes in Gorakhpur alone. However, the margin seems to be only narrowing over the past couple of rounds. Where 47 percent of the voters used their franchise in Gorakhpur, the turnout in Phulpur was relatively lower, at 38 percent. On the other hand, Anurag Bhaudauria, spokesperson of the Samajwadi Party remarked at the Yogi Adityanath led BJP government in UP saying, “This is a rejection of both (Prime Minister Narendra) Modi and Yogi (Adityanath).” He further added, “They have been making tall promises but not delivering on the ground.” Both Phulpur and Gorakhpur headed towards bypolls on Sunday and saw quite low voter turnouts with Phulpur registering 37.39% votes and Gorakhpur recording a turnout of 47.45 percent of votes. In the Bihar by-election, the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) by Lalu Yadav is leading in Araria parliamentary by-poll and has won in the assembly segment of Jehanabad.”

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