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Gorakhpur by-election result: Will the BJP triumph again in Yogi Adityanath's bastion?

India Today logo India Today 14-03-2018

Voters in Gorakhpur, a constituency in northern Uttar Pradesh which Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath represented five times in Parliament, elected a new lawmaker Sunday.

Today, Adityanath will find out if they chose Upendra Dutt Shukla, the Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) candidate.

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The chief minister has called the bypolls in Gorakhpur and the south-eastern constituency of Phulpur "a rehearsal for next year's Lok Sabha polls." So he's hoping neither Congressman Sureetha Kareem nor Samajwadi Party candidate Nagendra Pratap Singh Patel has reason to smile when the last vote is counted.

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Now, a loss for the BJP in Gorakhpur wouldn't do much to dent its impressive 272-seat majority* in the Lok Sabha. Nevertheless, it would be a crushing blow. The BJP hasn't lost here since 1991.

In 1989, Yogi Adityanath's guru, Mahant Avedyanath, won in Gorakhpur. He contested, and won, in 1991, on a BJP ticket.

Adityanath, now the head priest of the Gorakhnath Math, won his first election here in 1998. He won again in 1999, 2004, 2009, and 2014.

He became Uttar Pradesh's chief minister in 2017 after the BJP swept to power in the state, arguably the most coveted prize on India's political chessboard.


On Sunday, bypolls were also held in Bihar - in the Lok Sabha constituency of Araria, and the assembly constituencies of Jehanabad and Bhabhua.

These polls constitute the first electoral test for Bihar's leader, Nitish Kumar, since he dramatically ditched the Rashtriya Janata Dal and the Congress for a new alliance with the BJP. (Inputs from PTI)

*The 273rd seat was won by Sumitra Mahajan, the Lok Sabha Speaker.

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