In Yogi Adityanath’s home constituency of Gorakhpur, a close contest is underway. SP candidate Praveen Kumar Nishad is currently leading with over 4,000 votes with BJP candidate Upendra Dutt Shukla in second spot after 5 rounds of counting. BJP has won the Gorakhpur seat in the last 8 elections. However, media is having problem in reporting the news instantly from Gorakhpur as they have been barred from the counting centre. And this has resulted in opposition crying foul in the UP Assembly. The Gorakhpur issue has been also raised in Lok Sabha over media gag in Yogi’s Gorakhpur. According to reports, SP has filed complaint to EC over Gorakhpur media gag. In the UP assembly, normal proceedings were interrupted by opposition leaders who wanted the government to explain the reason behind the media gag in Gorakhpur. The house had to be adjourned due to protest by opposition leaders. The matter was raised by SP’s Ram Govind Chaudhary. Justifying their decision, Gorakhpur DM said, ” Counting of votes is underway. When ARO sends counting figures of any round from the 5 assembly constituencies, it is scrutinised by the RO & 2 observers scrutinise the counting figures manually & digitally & then sign it. This process takes time”. According to reports, around 10 round of counting has been completed in Gorakhpur, but only results from 5 rounds have been reported so far. EC has now issued a clarification over reports of media ban in Gorakhpur counting centre. EC has given out a statement, saying, ” Media is inside counting campus since morning. As per ECI instructions media can’t be allowed in the area of EVMs. There is a Media Centre inside the campus. Media is being briefed personally by DM regarding each round’s progress”.
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