Bua-Bhatija Zindaband chants resonate in UP after SP-BSP alliance looks set to pull off shock bypoll wins

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Updated: Mar 14, 2018, 02:18 PM IST

As the candidates of the Samajwadi Party, supported by the BSP surged ahead of their nearest BJP rivals in Gorakhpur and Phulpur constituencies in Uttar Pradesh, Bua-Bhatija zindaband chants resonate by both the party workers.

In a video, SP-BSP workers can be seen chanting and celebrating as the trends showed BJP trailing with a huge margin.

In the prestigious Gorakhpur Lok Sabha seat, the home turf of Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, BJP's Upendra Dutt Shukla was trailing behind Praveen Nishad of the SP by a margin of 19,201 votes.

In Phulpur, SP candidate Nagendra Pratap Singh Patel raced ahead of his nearest rival by 27,627 votes after 16th  round of counting.

The bypolls were necessitated after 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.

The trends had an echo in the Uttar Pradesh Assembly, when the Leader of the Opposition Ram Gobind Chaudhary pointed out to the Chair that mediapersons were being barred from entering the counting centre in Gorakhpur, and described it as "murder of democracy".

Amid uproarious scenes created by a jubilant SP member, Speaker Hriday Narayan Dixit adjourned the House briefly.

Gorakhpur DM Rautela, however, said that there was no such bar on the entry of media at the counting centre.

Gorakhpur is significant for the BJP with Adityanath representing the seat in the Lok Sabha five times. Before him, his mentor Yogi Avaidyanath was MP from the seat.

Phulpur, once represented by the country's first prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru, witnessed a saffron surge in the 2014 Lok Sabha election when Maurya won the seat. 

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