Lucknow/Patna, Mar 14: The by-elections result of Uttar Pradesh and Bihar will be declared today. Two Lok Sabha seats – Gorakhpur and Phulpur – went to bypolls in Uttar Pradesh. In Bihar, by-elections were held in Araria Lok Sabha seat and Jehanabad and Bhabhua Assembly seats. We will be doing live updates on Uttar Pradesh and Bihar bypolls results. Catch our live coverage on Gorakhpur, Phulpur, Araria, Jehanabad and Bhabhua by-elections results 2018 here.
In Gorakhpur by-election, the electoral contest is between Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) candidate Upendra Shukla, Samajwadi Party (SP) nominee Praveen Nishad and Congress’s Surhita Chatterjee Karim. The parliamentary seat fell vacant after Yogi Adityanath, who had represented the seat for five ties, became the Chief Minister of the state. Candidates in the fray for the Phulpur Lok Sabha seat are Kaushalendra Singh Patel from the BJP, Nagendra Pratap Singh Patel from the SP and Manish Mishra from the Congress. This seat fell vacant after Keshav Prasad Maurya took over as Deputy Chief Minister of the state.
In Araria bypoll in Bihar, the electoral contest is between RJD candidate Sarfaraz Alam and BJP nominee Pradeep Kumar Singh. The parliamentary seat fell vacant after the death of Alam’s father and RJD MP Mohammed Taslimuddin. In Jehanabad bypoll, the RJD fielded Uday Yadav, who is in a direct battle with Nitish Kumar’s JD(U)’s Abhiram Sharma. In Bhabua Assembly seat which was held by BJP’s Anand Bhushan Pandey, the party has fielded his widow Rinki Rani Pandey. The RJD offered Bhabua seat to the Congress which fielded Shambhu Patel.