In the latest update in the Uttar Pradesh election results, the Samajwadi Party is leading over the BJP. After the 17th round of counting in Gorakhpur, Samajwadi Party candidate Praveen Kumar Nishad is leading the BJP’s Upendra Dutt Shukla by 26,960 votes, as per the media reports.
While congratulating Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav and Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said, “The beginning of the end has started.”
The Gorakhpur seat was vacated after Adityanath became the chief minister in March 2017 and Phulpur because Keshav Prasad Maurya became his deputy. The bye-polls are significant as it will test the new arrangement between Akhilesh Yadav’s Samajwadi Party and Mayawati’s Bahujan Samaj Party. The Congress contested on its own.
Mayawati had earlier declared that Bahujan Samaj Party would support the candidates of Akhilesh Yadav’s party in the Gorakhpur and Phulpur bye-elections.