Lucknow, May 31: Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) candidate took an early lead against Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) candidate Mriganka Singh. After the 18 rounds of counting,  BJP candidate was trailing by over 42000 votes as RLD Tabassum Hasan extended her lead. Also Read - Lockdown in Uttar Pradesh Likely to be Extended Till May 24: Reports

The RLD candidate has been supported by the Samajwadi Party (SP), Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), the Congress and the regional Nishad Party in the bypoll which was held on Monday. Also Read - Another Dip! UP Records 15,747 Fresh COVID Cases, 312 Deaths in Last 24 Hours

The taking cue from the BJP’s defeat in Gorakhpur, Phulpur by-polls in March by the SP-BSP combined candidate, the opposition parties rallied behind the RLD candidate jo defeat the ruling party in the state and the Centre. Also Read - UP Board Exam 2021: UPMSP to Announce Final Decision on Class 10, 12 Exams After May 20 | Latest Update

If this trend continues, the BJP will taste yet another humiliating bypoll defeat in the state. Kairana has seen extreme communal polarisation in recent times. A loss in Kairana will bust a popular myth that the communal polarisation always favours the saffron party.

The counting for Noorpur Assembly seat is over and Naim Ul-Hasan of Samajwadi Party (SP) has reportedly won the election but offcial annoucement is yet to me made by the returning officer.  The SP candidate was supported by the entire opposition, including Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), Rashtriya Lok Dal, Congress and the Aam Aadmi Party.

Kairana’s trends are being watched closely across the country as this could set in motion the opposition unity if its candidate wins and could undo the victory march of the BJP, which had earlier lost the Gorakhpur and Phulpur seats in the state.