UP by-poll result LIVE: Akhilesh thanks Mayawati for Gorakhpur, Phulpur

SP, BSP workers celebrate in Gorakhpur as the SP candidate Praveen Kumar Nishad leads in the counting of votes.

In a major blow to the BJP, the Samajwadi Party, backed by its otherwise bitter foe BSP, wrested the Phulpur and Gorakhpur Lok Sabha seats in Uttar Pradesh, vacated by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya.

Samajwadi Party candidate Nagendra Pratap Singh Patel defeated his nearest Bharatiya Janata Party rival Kaushlendra Singh Patel by 59,613 votes, leading to noisy celebrations and calls for opposition unity across the nation to defeat the BJP in next year's Lok Sabha battle.

The results were announced after 31 rounds of counting.

The Bahujan Samaj Party had extended support to the Samajwadi Party in a bid to avoid a split in opposition vote.

Amid beating of drums and distribution of sweets, the victorious Nagendra Patel not only thanked the people of Phulpur for his victory but said he also had the blessings of 'behenji' Mayawati along with his own leader Akhilesh Yadav.

Mafia don-turned-politician Ateeq Ahmad, contesting as an Independent from inside the jail, won 33,818 votes in Phulpur while Manish Mishra (Congress) got 11,934 votes.

Yogi Adityanath and Maurya vacated the Gorakhpur and Phulpur Lok Sabha seats respectively after being elected to the Uttar Pradesh Assembly.

As the vote count moved towards the final rounds, Samajwadi Party's Praveen Nishad had secured 334,463 votes in Gorakhpur, with the BJP's Upendra Dutt Shukla at the second spot with 308,593 votes. One official said Nishad had won.

The setback comes as a huge shocker to the year-old BJP government in Uttar Pradesh, where Adityanath has represented Gorakhpur in the Lok Sabha seat for five consecutive times.

Both the Lok Sabha constituencies voted on Sunday.

"This is a rejection of both (Prime Minister Narendra) Modi and Yogi (Adityanath)," Samajwadi Party spokesman Anurag Bhaudauria told IANS.


8:12 PM IST Samajwadi Party Chief Akhilesh Yadav arrives at the residence of BSP Chief Mayawati in Lucknow. #UPByPolls pic.twitter.com/V94qRnMNsq — ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) March 14, 2018

6:28 PM IST "Election results in Uttar Pradesh always send out larger political messages," says Samajwadi Party's Akhilesh Yadav

6:05 PM IST #WATCH UP CM Yogi Adityanath says 'Yeh BSP-SP ka jo rajnitik saudebaazi, desh ke vikas ko baadhit karne ke liye bani hai, iske baare mein hum apni rann neeti tayaar karenge' #UPByPoll pic.twitter.com/DtyHvLeJqH — ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) March 14, 2018

5:42 PM IST We failed to understand the significance of SP-BSP alliance: Yogi Adityanath

5:35 PM IST We accept the verdict of the people, this result is unexpected, we will review the shortcomings. I congratulate the winning candidates: UP CM Yogi Adityanath

5:29 PM IST Rashtriya Janata Dal leaders celebrate in Patna. #BiharByPoll pic.twitter.com/pdWa5J1FV3 — ANI (@ANI) March 14, 2018

5:28 PM IST Polling percentage has gone down which affected the result of the two seats. We will analyse and work on the places where we lacked and will work harder & perform better in the 2019 elections: Mahendra Nath Pandey, UP BJP Chief on UP bypoll results

5:28 PM IST Congress candidates from Phulpur and Gorakhpur Lok Sabha seats have lost their deposits.

5:15 PM IST Behenji ka bhi bahot aashirwad tha. Ek hi vichaardhara ke sabhi parties ek huyin aur humaari jeet huyi. Jeet ka shrey Akhilesh ji, Behenji Mayawati ji aur Phulpur ki janta ko deta hoon: Nagendra Singh Patel, Samajwadi Party's winning candidate. pic.twitter.com/kqjqGSvmen — ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) March 14, 2018

5:14 PM IST Bihar has given sympathy vote this time. I'd like to thank all those who've supported us. We welcome the mandate of people. We will certainly win the elections of 2019 under the leadership of PM Modi & BJP President Amit Shah: Nityanand Rai, BJP Bihar President 

5:04 PM IST Samajwadi Party's Nagendra Pratap Singh Patel wins Phulpur Lok Sabha seat by 59,613 votes 

4:51 PM IST BJP should stop working for its face value & instead put in efforts to work for the people. That's the only way in which they can improve or else they will face the same result in the 2019 elections as they have in this bypoll: Jitan Ram Manjhi on Bihar by-poll results.

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"Election results in Uttar Pradesh always send out larger political messages," says Samajwadi Party's Akhilesh Yadav
We failed to understand the significance of SP-BSP alliance: Yogi Adityanath
We accept the verdict of the people, this result is unexpected, we will review the shortcomings. I congratulate the winning candidates: UP CM Yogi Adityanath
Polling percentage has gone down which affected the result of the two seats. We will analyse and work on the places where we lacked and will work harder & perform better in the 2019 elections: Mahendra Nath Pandey, UP BJP Chief on UP bypoll results
Congress candidates from Phulpur and Gorakhpur Lok Sabha seats have lost their deposits.
Bihar has given sympathy vote this time. I'd like to thank all those who've supported us. We welcome the mandate of people. We will certainly win the elections of 2019 under the leadership of PM Modi & BJP President Amit Shah: Nityanand Rai, BJP Bihar President 
Samajwadi Party's Nagendra Pratap Singh Patel wins Phulpur Lok Sabha seat by 59,613 votes 
BJP should stop working for its face value & instead put in efforts to work for the people. That's the only way in which they can improve or else they will face the same result in the 2019 elections as they have in this bypoll: Jitan Ram Manjhi on Bihar by-poll results.
Araria Lok Sabha by-poll: RJD leading by 57791 with 4,46,179 votes, BJP trailing with 3,88,388 votes after 22nd round of counting.
It is clear from the by-poll results that voters are angry with BJP&they will vote for the non-BJP candidate who has strongest chance of winning. As far as, Congress is concerned,we are committed towards re-building the Party in UP, and it does not happen overnight: Rahul Gandhi
"Regional partners will be important for the Congress. The NDA will get smaller, UPA will get larger. Their allies are already leaving their side," said Sulaiman Khan, Congress
Bihar bypoll: Rashtriya Janata Dal wins Jehanabad assembly by-poll
BJP's Rinky Rani Pandey wins Bhabua assembly by-poll
In Bhabhua, BJP candidate Rinki Rani Pandey seemed comfortably placed with a lead of close to 10,000 votes over her Congress rival Shambhu Singh Patel.
Bihar bypoll results 2018: Police uses force in Jehanabad

There were reports of police resorting to mild use of force outside the counting centre in Jehanabad as young RJD supporters indulged in boisterous jubilations over the news of their candidate Suday Yadav establishing an unassailable lead over former MLA and JD(U) nominee Abhiram Sharma.
 
In Bhabhua, BJP candidate Rinki Rani Pandey seemed comfortably placed with a lead of close to 10,000 votes over her Congress rival Shambhu Singh Patel.
Gorakhpur bypoll results 2018: SP's Praveen Kumar Nishad was leading by 28,737 votes with a total of 293,153 votes. BJP's Upendra Dutt Shukla was second with 264,416 votes after the 19th round of counting.


UP bypoll results 2018: BJP comments as it stares at shock defeat
 
Deputy UP CM KP Maurya said that the arty didn't expect that the BSP's vote would be transferred to the SP in such a manner. Maurya said that the BJP would analyse after seeing the final results and prepare for a situation in future when the BSP, SP, and Congress can come together. Also, Maurya added that the BJP would make its strategy for winning the 2019 elections.

Phulpur bypoll results 2018: Samajwadi Party leads by 29,474 votes 
 
In Phulpur, Samajwadi Party's Nagendra Pratap Singh Patel was leading by 29,474 votes with a total of 218,963 votes. BJP's Kaushlendra Singh Patel was second with 189,489 votes after the 20th round of counting.


Gorakhpur bypoll results 2018: SP's Praveen Kumar Nishad leads by 26,960 votes with 2,62,346 votes, BJP's Upendra Dutt Shukla second with 2,35,836 votes after  the 17th round of counting.
Mamata Banerjee on Uttar Pradesh bypoll results 2018: Great victory. Congratulations to Mayawati Ji and Akhilesh Yadav Ji. The beginning of the end has started.
Samajwadi Party candidates were surging ahead of their nearest BJP rivals in Gorakhpur and Phulpur constituencies in Uttar Pradesh after several rounds of counting for the parliamentary by-elections, officials said. 
With 212,061 votes, SP's Praveen Kumar Nishad was leading in Gorakhpur. After the 14th round of counting, BJP's Upendra Dutt Shukla was second with 1,92,860 votes. 


Uttar Pradesh bypoll results 2018: Watch Samajwadi Party workers celebrate for their leads in Gorakhpur bypolls and Phulpur bypolls 


Bihar Assembly bypoll results 2018: BJP leading in Bhabua with 40,501 votes, RJD leading in Jehanabad with 52,609 votes.
Bihar's Araria Lok Sabha bypoll results 2018: RJD leading by 23,187 with 3,33,050 votes, BJP trailing with 3,09,863 votes.
Phulpur bypoll results 2018: Samajwadi Party's Nagendra Pratap Singh Patel leading by 22,842 with 1,67,008 votes, BJP's Kaushlendra Singh Patel second with 1,44,166 votes after 15th round of counting.
Uttar Pradesh bypoll results 2018: The official results are expected to be announced shortlty, Samajwadi Party workers in Lucknow have begun celebrations as their candidates are leading in Phulpur bypolls 2018 and Gorakhpur bypolls 2018


Recap of Bihar bypolls 2018

 
In Araria, the Bharatiya Janata Party's candidate Pradip Kumar Singh was leading by 8,979 votes over RJD candidate Sarfaraz Alam.
 
In Bhabua, the BJP's Rinki Pandey was leading by 3,252 votes over the Congress' Sambhu Patel.
 
In Jahanabad, the RJD's Suday Yadav was leading by 15,000 votes over the Janata Dal-United's Abhiram Sharma.
Gorakhpur bypoll results 2018: SP leading with 15,000 votes. SP's Praveen Kumar Nishad leading with 1,80,155 votes, BJP's Upendra Dutt Shukla second with 1,65,487 votes after 12th round of counting.
Gorakhpur byelections 2018: SP's Praveen Kumar Nishad leading with 1,63,941 votes, BJP's Upendra Dutt Shukla second with 1,50,062 votes after 11th round of counting.
Phulpur byelections 2018: Samajwadi Party's Nagendra Pratap Singh Patel leading with 1,55,314 votes, BJP's Kaushlendra Singh Patel second with 1,34,819 votes after 14th round of counting. This means SP is leading by around 20,000 votes. 
Shiv Sena on Uttar Pradesh and Bihar Lok Sabha bypolls 2018: I don't believe that SP-BP alliance has worked. SP has criticised Lord Ram and if people welcome them with a red carpet, Lord Ram will be against them, says Sanjay Raut


Bihar Araria Lok Sabha bypolls: RJD leading with 257,108 votes, BJP second with 244,957 votes 
Congress' Jyotiraditya Scindia on UP & Bihar Lok Sabha by polls: People have spoken against the anti-farmer, anti-youth & anti-women policies of the govt, it is very clear that BJP is being shown the door by the people: Jyotiraditya Scindia, Congress, on UP & Bihar Lok Sabha by polls.



Gorakhpur bypoll results 2018: SP's Praveen Kumar Nishad leading with a margin of 10,598 with 1,19,427 votes, BJP's Upendra Dutt Shukla second with 1,08,829 votes after eighth round of counting.
Phulpur byelections: Samajwadi Party's Nagendra Pratap Singh Patel leading by 15,713 votes with 122,247 votes, BJP's Kaushlendra Singh Patel second with 106,534 votes after 11th round of counting.
What significance does Gorakhpur and Phulpur hold?

Gorakhpur is significant for the BJP as it is the bastion of the chief minister, who represented the seat in the Lok Sabha five times. Phulpur, once represented by the country's first prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru, witnessed a saffron surge in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections and Maurya won there.
Gorakhpur bypolls 2018: SP's Praveen Kumar Nishad leading with 89950 votes, BJP's Upendra Dutt Shukla second with 82811 votes after 6th sound of counting.
Gorakhpur byelection 2018: Media banned

SP leader Naresh Uttam Patel writes to State Chief Election Officer stating people & media were removed from the counting center in Gorakhpur also alleged district administration is working towards making the BJP candidate win.



Gorakhpur bypoll results 2018: SP's Praveen Kumar Nishad leading with 74,077 votes, BJP's Upendra Dutt Shukla second with 70,317 votes after fifth round of counting.
Uttar Pradesh bypoll results 2018: I think our margin of victory will be bigger in Gorakhpur than Phulpur, will win both comfortably, says Ramgopal Yadav, SP MP



Uttar Pradesh byelection results 2018: Samajwadi Party and BSP workers celebrate as SP candidates lead on both Gorakhpur and Phulpur Lok Sabha seats



Gorakhpur bypoll results 2018: SP's Praveen Kumar Nishad leading with 59907 votes, BJP's Upendra Dutt Shukla second with 56,945 votes.
Phulpur bypoll results 2018: Samajwadi Party's Nagendra Pratap Singh Patel leading by 14,239 with 111668 votes, BJP's Kaushlendra Singh Patel second with 97,369 votes after ten rounds of counting.
Media banned in Gorakhpur

In the home turf of Yogi Adityanath, the media has been banned from reporting the latest updates. Though the exact reason of the move is not mentioned, media reports say this came at a time when Samajwadi Party started to close the gap with its rival BJP and is currently leading in Gorakhpur bypoll results 2018. 

 
Bihar bypoll results 2018: BJP leading in Bhabua after 8th round of counting with 19,738 votes. RJD leading in Jehanabad after 10th round of counting with 29,551 votes.
Bihar Araria Lok Sabha bypoll results 2018: BJP leading by 1,749 votes, RJD second.
Phulpur bypoll results 2018: Samajwadi Party's Nagendra Pratap Singh Patel leading by 12,231 votes with 99,557 votes, BJP's Kaushlendra Singh Patel second with 87,326 votes after eight round of counting.
Gorakhpur bypoll results 2018: In a turn of events, SP's Praveen Kumar Nishad is leading by 1523 with 44,979 votes, BJP's Upendra Dutt Shukla second with 43,456 votes.
Phulpur bypoll results 2018: Samajwadi Party's Nagendra Pratap Singh Patel leading by 9924 votes with 87,272 votes, BJP's Kaushlendra Singh Patel second with 77,348 votes after eight round of counting.
Gorakhpur District Magistrate Rajeev Rautela on bypoll results 2018: Counting of votes is underway. When ARO sends counting figures of any round from the 5 assembly constituencies, it is scrutinised by the RO & 2 observers scrutinise the counting figures manually & digitally & then sign it. This process takes time.

He added: Only then is the counting sheet of the entire Parliamentary constituency finalised & we announce it. We have announced the figures of the first round. Those of the 2nd and 3rd round are ready. We will announce it soon.







Uttar Pradesh bypoll results 2018: I firmly believe that we will win both Gorakhpur & Phulpur, SP is leading in initial rounds but a number of rounds are still left. I know the voters of that area, we will have a win with a comfortable margin of a lakh, says Uttar Pradesh Deputy CM Keshav Prasad Maurya.


Bihar Assembly bypoll results 2018: BJP leading in Bhabua by 2528 votes, RJD leading in Jehanabad by 8899 votes.
Bihar Araria Lok Sabha bypoll results 2018: BJP leading by 8979 with 1,13,169 votes, RJD second with 1,04,190 votes.
Phulpur bypoll results 2018: Samajwadi Party's Nagendra Pratap Singh Patel leading by 6,931 votes with 54,562 votes, BJP's Kaushlendra Singh Patel is following in with 47,631 votes.
Gorakhpur bypoll results 2018: BJP has widened its lead by 4,688 votes in the seat vacated by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath. 

Phulpur bypoll results 2018: 'Wait and watch,' says BJP canditate Patel

Even though early trends show the Samajwadi Party having an edge over the ruling BJP, Kaushlendra Singh Patel said, "BJP will win with a huge mandate, wait and watch." After the fourth round of counting, Patel is trailing SP candidate Praveen Kumar Nishad by 3,707 votes. 

You can watch the preparation of vote counting for UP bypolls and Bihar bypolls below


Gorakhpur bypoll results 2018: BJP's Upendra Dutt Shukla leading with 15,577 votes, SP's Praveen Kumar Nishad second with 13,911 votes.
Gorakhpur byelection results 2018: District Magistrate Rajeev Rautela has stopped the media from entering the counting area. He also prohibited counting personnel from giving updates to journalists.
Gorakhpur bypoll results 2018: BJP is still leading but the margin of votes has decreased. The saffron party is now leading by 2066 votes. 
Phulpur by-poll results 2018: SP is leading with 43,562 votes, while the BJP is following in with 39,855 votes, show the fourth rounds of counting. 


Bihar Assembly by-poll results 2018: BJP leading by 2714 votes in Bhabua. RJD leading in Jehanabad.
Bihar's Araria Lok Sabha by-poll results 2018: BJP leading with 58,225 votes, RJD second with 55,334. 
Gorakhpur by-poll results 2018: In a bizarre incident, dead people have been put on counting duty, according to media reports.

This is not the first time when the dead have been assigned election duty, reported India Today. Even on March 11 i.e polling day, two dead engineers were assigned to work. 


Phulpur bypoll results 2018: BJP disses Congress candidate 

"Congress candidate Manish Mishra is only trying to encash the name of his father (K N Mishra), who had once contested the Lok Sabha elections, but lost," BJP leader Keshav Maurya said.
 
The party leaders were also of the view that youths (people under 35), who constitute nearly 60 per cent of the electorate, will also play a major role in the by-election.
With ex-MP Atiq Ahmed contesting as an independent, Muslim votes, which the SP was eyeing, is likely to be split.
Recap to UP 2017 Assembly elections

In the 2017 Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections, BJP candidates registered wins in Phulpur (Praveen Patel), Phaphamau (Vikramjeet Maurya), Allahabad North (Harshvardhan Bajpai) and Allahabad West (Sidharth Nath Singh), while in Soraon (SC), it was ally Apna Dal (Sonelal) whose candidate Jamuna Prasad Saroj emerged victorious.

Stating that the electoral scenario and caste equation in Phulpur is "significantly in favour of the BJP", a senior party leader said the party gave a ticket to Kaushalendra Singh Patel as he commands at least 60 per cent of the community votes.
 
Apart from a large section of Patels, Phulpur also has a Pasi community (scheduled castes), who have been traditional voters of the BJP, the BJP leader said.
 
Bihar Assembly by-poll results 2018: After third round of counting, BJP is leading in Bhabua & RJD is leading in Jehanabad after second round of counting.

Araria bypoll results 2018: BJP leading after second round of counting
Phulpur parliamentary constituency consists of Phulpur, Phaphamau, Soraon (SC), Allahabad North, and Allahabad West assembly segments.
Phulpur bypoll results 2018: Samajwadi Party's Nagendra Pratap Singh Patel leading by 1058 votes with 22,460 votes, BJP's Kaushlendra Singh Patel at a close second with 21,402 votes.
UP by-election results 2018: Samajwadi Party's Nagendra Pratap Singh Patel leading by 1437 votes with 7600 votes, BJP's Kaushlendra Singh Patel 6163 votes after round 3.
 
Phulpur was earlier represented by BJP's Keshav Prasad Maurya, who is now the deputy chief minister of the state. 
 
Bihar Assembly by-polls 2018: After first round of counting BJP is leading in Kaimur & RJD is leading in Jehanabad.
Gorakhpur by-poll results 2018: Visuals of counting of votes from a counting centre in Pipraich


SP candidate confident of victory


Phulpur by-election results 2018: SP leading with 6744 votes; BJP trailing with 4379 votes, according to media reports
Uttar Pradesh Deputy Chief Minister also takes a dig on BSP-SP alliance: "Their SP-BSP votes will be transferred only when they have enough votes. The votes (of the people) are with us. But, they have only leaders who make statements...The voters of Mayawatiji have deserted the BSP and have reposed their faith in Modiji, Yogi and BJP. We are winning both the Lok Sabha seats, and with wider margin."
Uttar Pradesh by-poll results 2018: Early trends show BJP is leading in Gorakhpur and Phulpur, while SP is leading in Piprachi, according to Election Commission.


Phulpur by-poll results 2018: The Phulpur seat has 793 polling centres and 2,059 polling stations. A total of 19.63 lakh voters decided the fate of 22 candidates.
 
The BJP has fielded Kaushlendra Singh Patel against Nagendra Singh Patel of the SP. The BSP, here too, is supporting the SP candidate. The Congress has fielded Manish Mishra.
Uttar Pradesh by-election results 2018: SP-BSP alliance
 
For the first time in 25 years, arch-rivals — Akhilesh and Mayawati — have teamed up to take on its opposition BJP. 
Yogi Adityanathn on Uttar Pradesh by-elections 2018: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath termed the by-elections as a "rehearsal" for the 2019 Lok Sabha election. He claimed that BJP will win all the 80 parliamentary seats in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.
Uttar Pradesh bypoll results 2018: Phulpur, once represented by the country's first prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru, witnessed a saffron surge in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections and Maurya won there.
Uttar Pradesh bypoll results 2018: Gorakhpur is significant for the BJP as it is the bastion of the chief minister, who represented the seat in the Lok Sabha five times. Prior to Adityanath, the seat was represented in Parliament by his mentor Yogi Avaidyanath thrice.
Uttar Pradesh by-polls: The reason behind the lower than expected turnout in the high-stakes in Uttar Pradesh by-elections, the country's electorally most significant state with 80 Lok Sabha seats, was said to be a lack of enthusiasm among voters who are now looking forward to the general elections next year.
Bihar by-elections 2018: On the other hand, the BJP is hopeful of retaining the Bhabhua Assembly seat riding on a sympathy wave for Anand Bhushan Pandey whose death at the age of 48 necessitated the bypoll. The saffron party fielded Pandey's wife Rinky Rani.
Bihar by-polls: In Jehanabad, the RJD hopes to retain the Assembly seat that fell vacant after the death of Mundrika Yadav. The party gave the  to Yadav's son Kumar Krishna Mohan.
Bihar by-polls: This is the first electoral battle in the state since Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, who also heads the JD(U), walked out of the alliance with the RJD and the Congress and joined the BJP-led NDA last year.
Bihar by-polls for the Araria seat was necessitated by the death of RJD MP Mohd Taslimuddin. The contest is mainly between RJD's Sarafaraz Alam, Taslimuddin's son, and BJP's Pradip Singh, who had won the seat in 2009 and finished runner-up in 2014.
Uttar Pradesh by-polls were necessitated after Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya vacated the Gorakhpur and Phulpur Lok Sabha seats, respectively, following their election to the state legislative council.
Counting of votes begins in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar 
Lok Sabha by-elections in Uttar Pradesh's Gorakhpur and Phulpur and Bihar's Araria is being viewed as yet another test for the BJP ahead of the general elections next year.
Uttar Pradesh by-polls: Counting for Phulpur by-polls to start at 8 am, visuals of preparation from a counting centre.



Bihar by-polls result: Counting for Araria Lok Sabha seat to begin at 8 am.

Visuals of preparation from a counting centre: