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Main match between BJP, SP for Gola Gokarannath Seat

The bypolls to the Gola Gokarannath Assembly constituency in Uttar Pradesh will witness a contest between the ruling BJP and the Samajwadi party as Congress and the BSP have opted out of the election campaign. A total of seven candidates filed papers for the election, for which the nomination submission date ended on Friday.

The bypolls to the constituency were necessitated by the death of incumbent MLA Arvind Giri on September 6. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has mobilized his son Aman Giri for the bypolls, while the Samajwadi Party (SP) has given a ticket to former MLA Vinay Tiwari.

Prahlad Patel, president of the District Congress Committee, told PTI that his party leadership had decided not to field his candidate due to election preparations in other states.

On the last day of the filing of the papers, Aman Giri and Vinay Tiwari submitted another set of papers. Two more candidates have applied.

This leaves a total of seven candidates in the running for the bypolls, election officials said. The examination of nomination documents will be conducted on October 15, while the last date for the withdrawal of nominations is October 17.

The constituency was created in 2012 when a demarcation exercise was conducted by the Election Commission.

In 2012, Vinay Tiwari had won the election, beating Simmi Bano of the BSP by a margin of 19,329 votes. Arvind Giri, who had then competed on the convention ticket, was in third place.

During the 2017 polls, Arvind Giri joined the BJP and won the match against Tiwari. BSP candidate BS Kanaujia came in third. Giri retained his seat in Assembly polls earlier this year. Giri received 1,26,534 votes, beating Vinay Tiwari by a margin of 29,294 votes. Tiwari received 97,240 votes.

The bypolls will be held on November 3rd, while the vote counting will take place on November 6.

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