BJP wrests Rampur from SP, wins by over 40,000 votes


Meanwhile, the BJP continues to lead in the other Samajwadi Party bastion, Azamgarh, where counting is still on and results are expected soon

Uttar Pradesh Lok Sabha bypoll update: BJP wrests Rampur from SP, wins by over 40,000 votes

File image of Ghanshyam Lodhi. ANI

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) candidate Ghanshyam Lodhi on Sunday wrested the Rampur parliamentary seat from the Samajwadi Party, defeating his nearest rival by over 42,000 votes in a bypoll.

«Lodhi has won by over 42,000 votes,» Rampur District Magistrate Ravindra Kumar told reporters after giving the winning certificate to Lodhi.

Lodhi defeated SP candidate Mohd Asim Raja, considered close to party leader Mohd Azam Khan, who had won from the constituency in 2019.

«This is a victory of the people of Rampur,» Lodhi said, adding that he would now work as their «chowkidar».

Meanwhile, the BJP continues to lead in the other Samajwadi Party bastion, Azamgarh, where counting is still on and results are expected soon. The Azamgarh seat saw a triangular contest among the BJP’s Dinesh Lal Yadav ‘Nirhua’, a Bhojpuri actor-singer, the SP’s Dharmendra Yadav and the BSP’s Shah Alam, also known as Guddu Jamali.

Counting of votes for the by-elections to the Rampur and Azamgarh Lok Sabha constituencies in Uttar Pradesh began at 8 am Sunday amid tight security. The two constituencies voted on 23 June, with Azamgarh recording a turnout of 49.43 per cent and Rampur 41.39 per cent.

The bypolls were necessitated due to the resignations of Samajwadi Party (SP)chief Akhilesh Yadav and party leader Azam Khan from Azamgarh and Rampur seats, respectively.

Both leaders had quit as Lok Sabha MPs following their election to the Uttar Pradesh Legislative Assembly in the elections held earlier this year.

Over 35 lakh people were eligible to vote in the bypolls to decide the fate of 19 candidates.

With input from agencies

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