Samajwadi Party leader Naim Ul Hasan is leading by 10,000 votes against Avani Singh of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Noorpur Assembly constituency in Uttar Pradesh. The SP is leading by over 10,000 votes after completion of 20 rounds of counting of votes.
The bypoll in the Noorpur Assembly seat was necessitated after the death of sitting BJP MLA Lokendra Singh Chouhan. He was a two-time MLA from the seat.
While the BJP has reposed faith in Avani Singh, wife of late MLA Lokendra Chauhan, as its candidate, the Samajwadi Party fielded Naim Ul Hasan as its candidate.
Meanwhile, in Kairana Lok Sabha seat, BJP candidate Mriganka Singh is trailing against RLD leader Tabassum Hasan, who has been backed by opposition parties Congress, Samajwadi Party and Bahujan Samaj Party.
After the defeat of the BJP in Gorakhpur and Phoolpur Lok Sabha bypolls, opposition parties are upbeat aiming to consolidate anti-BJP votes, whereas the ruling BJP has made extra efforts to retain both Kairana Lok Sabha and Noorpur Assembly seats in order to send a message to voters, party cadres -- as well as opposition parties -- that the recent reversals are a closed chapter now, and that it was still strong in western UP.