In a letter to the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) of Uttar Pradesh, a replica of which was additionally despatched to the Chief Election Commissioner of India, the SP chief alleged huge irregularities within the counting of votes and urged the EC to take instant steps on this regard.
The district administration, underneath strain from the chief minister, was out to one way or the other make sure the victory of the BJP candidate…if the BJP managed to win from Gorakhpur, the folks would lose religion within the EC, Uttam mentioned.
He additional alleged that as quickly because the counting started, the police lathicharged the folks and chased them away to make sure that there was nobody outdoors the counting centre and the district Justice of the Peace, who can also be the district election officer, eliminated the SP brokers from the counting centre.
In keeping with an official, on the finish of the 14th spherical of counting, Praveen Nishad of the SP was main by 19,201 votes in Gorakhpur over his nearest BJP rival.
Gorakhpur is a stronghold of Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, who has represented the seat within the Lok Sabha for 5 phrases. The bypoll in Gorakhpur was necessitated after Adityanath vacated the seat to enter the state Legislative Council.