Gorakhpur Lok Sabha bypolls: Ahead of the March 11 by-elections, a section of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders and workers are rooting for a non-temple face to represent the Yogi Adityanath’s stronghold. With just three days left for filling nomination papers, BJP leaders and workers are reportedly discussing the possibility of nominationg someone who is not a part of the city’s renowned Gorakhpur temple, according to an Indian Express report. Since the year, 1989, the city of Gorakhpur has been represented by the head priest of Gorakhnath temple in the Lok Sabha. The Gorakhnath temple is the prominent Hindu pilgrimage centre in eastern Uttar Pradesh. Back in 1989, UP CM Adityanath’s guru Avaidyanath was selected as representative.
Avaidyanath, won in 1989 as a Hindu Mahasabha candidate and was elected as a BJP nominee in 1991 and 1996. After him, Yogi Adityanath had won the seat as a BJP candidate for five consecutive elections —- in 1998, 1999, 2004, 2009 and 2014. Currently, Kamal Nath, the head priest of the Gorakhnath temple in the absence of Yogi Aditynath is being seen as a possible candidate.
Samajwadi Party (SP) president Akhilesh Yadav while addressing the media today talked about the upcoming Lok Sabha bye-elections and said, “BJP govts in centre and state do not want discussion on development issues but it is diverting public’s attention on Chai and Pakora. Appeal to the public of Gorakhpur to give a message to the nation in the upcoming Lok Sabha by-election.”
By-elections for Lok Sabha constituencies in Uttar Pradesh’s Gorakhpur and Phulpur along with Bihar’s Araira are all set to take place on March 11. While the voting will take place on the 11th, the counting will take place on March 14. These by-elections are taking place after UP Chief Minister Yogi Aditynath resigned as Gorakhpur MP after taking charge as the CM of the state. On the other hand the Phulpur MP post was left vacant after Kehsav Prasad Maurya took charge as the deputy Chief Minister of UP. The Araria MP seat in Bihar was left vacant after Rashtriya Janata Dal leader Mohammad Taslimuddin died.