Gorakhpur bypoll: SP 'borrows' candidate from little-known party

Akhilesh Yadav announces the alliance

Upendra Shukla, who is now Gorakhpur's region president of BJP, has served as the party's district president in the past.

The BJP on Monday announced candidates for the Lok Sabha byelections for three seats in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar, and for one assembly by-election from Bihar.

Now both the seats would have triangular contest as SP and Congress have given candidature in both the seats.

By-elections to Gorakhpur and Phulpur was necessitated after Gorakhpur MP Yogi Adityanath and Phulpur MP Keshav Prasad Maurya resigned to become UP's chief minister and deputy chief minister, respectively. "This did not materialize as Congress has already announced candidate from Gorakhpur", he said.

The Nishad community forms the largest electoral bloc in Gorakhpur Lok Sabha constituency, numbering around 3.7 lakh.

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Phulpur, once the bastion of Congress, had been represented by late Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru.

"The NISHAD Party and the Peace Party are supporting us, but Pravin Kumar Nishad will contest the bypoll on the SP symbol, which is the cycle", Mr Yadav said. Avaidyanath's successor as head priest of the temple, Adityanath, won the seat as BJP's candidate for five consecutive elections, defeating SP in 1998, 1999, 2004 and 2014, and BSP in 2009. "We believe that the hard work of the party workers will definitely help us to clinch victory on both the seats", UP BJP spokesperson Manish Shukla told PTI.

Shukla said the BJP will not only retain the two seats but also improve its margin of victory.

The Bharatiya Janata Party named Upendra Shukla and KS Patel as its candidates from Gorakhpur and Phulpur seats, reported ANI. "There are only two waves - Modi wave and Yogi wave - in Uttar Pradesh, thanks to their vision for development as reflected in both the Union and state budgets", he said. Praveen Nishad is son of Nishad Party chief Sanjay Nishad. Counting of votes will be taken up on the 14th. Manish Mishra, a member of the UP Congress Committee and general secretary of the state unit, will contest from Phulpur.

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