The SP and BSP separately got 3.59 lakh votes in 2014 and 5.20 lakh in 2017. The RJD candidate Brij Mohan is ahead by 15,000 votes, virtually ensuring the seat for the party. There are around 5.5 lakh Scheduled Caste (SC) voters in the Phulpur constituency, who have traditionally voted for the BSP. The party has fielded his son Sujay Yadav against JD (U) candidate Abhiram Sharma.
The elections will be seen as a referendum for Mr Adityanath, as he himself has been a five-time MP from the temple town of Gorakhpur.
Nagendra Pratap Singh Patel from SP has taken early leads in Phulpur.
While Samajwadi Party activists celebrated in Phulpur and Gorakhpur, the BJP was stunned into silence. It means BJP's Shukla is leading by just 1,666 votes. The Samajwadi Party is also leading in Phulpur. A constituency won by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on five successive occasions, the saffron party not only has to win Gorakhpur but also retain, if not increase, Adityanath's 2014 victory margin of nearly 3.13 lakh votes. Independent Atiq Ahmed was at the third spot, followed by Congress. 13 rounds of counting over but DM has announced only two rounds of counting.
The poll panel said the process will begin with counting of postal ballots. Counting would be held through assembly segment wise.
The district administration, under pressure from the chief minister, was out to somehow ensure the victory of the BJP candidate.if the BJP managed to win from Gorakhpur, the people would lose faith in the EC, Uttam said.
Deputy CM Keshav Prasad Maurya admitted that they didn't expect BSP-SP alliance to work so well on ground. The voter turnout in Gorakhpur was 43 percent, in Phulpur 37 percent, in Araria 57 percent, in Jehanabad 54.3 percent and in Bhabua was 60.6 percent.
Voting for the two seats took place on Sunday.
He vacated the seat after becoming the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh.
In Gorakhpur parliamentary constituency, there were 970 polling centres and 2141 polling booths, while in Phulpur, there were 793 polling centres and 2059 polling booths. Counting of votes here is also being done today.