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14 March 2018, 01:14 | Devin Moran
UP, Bihar Bypoll Results Live: SP races ahead of BJP in Gorakhpur, maintains lead in Phulpur; BJP, RJD face close
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AM: RJD leading now by 455 votes. In Uttar Pradesh, the bypolls had to be conducted after CM Yogi Adityanath and Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya vacated their seats in Gorakhpur and Phulpur, respectively, on taking office. Counting of votes for by-elections in Araria Lok Sabha seat and Bhabua and Jehanabad Assembly constituencies in Bihar began amid tight security today, officials said.
Bihar, where votes are being counted for one Lok Sabha constituency and two Lok Sabha seats, seems headed for a status quo. The BJP, meanwhile, is leading from Bhabhua - the seat it won in the 2015 Bihar assembly elections.
Sarfaraz Alam, the RJD candidate and son of late MP from Araria Mohammad Taslimuddin has consolidated his early lead in the bypoll race. Both, Araria Lok Sabha seat and Jehanabad Assembly seat were held by RJD.
The Lalu Prasad Yadav-led RJD was on the defending turf in two of the three constituencies.
After 21 rounds of counting, Rinki Rani Pandey of BJP has bagged 58,701 votes whereas Shambhu Singh Patel of the Congress is at second place with 14,093 votes.
The RJD's Suday Yadav is ahead by a big margin in Jehanabad, where bypolls were held after the death of his father Mundrika Singh Yadav.
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