In UP's Gorakhpur, Official Bans Media From Counting Centre

Gorakhpur:  Around three hours into counting of votes cast in by-polls in Uttar Pradesh’s Gorakhpur, the home base of Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, the media wasbanned from reporting trends. Reports indicated that a top official ordered the media out of the counting centre at a time the gap started narrowing between the candidates of the ruling BJP and its main challenger, the Samajwadi Party.
Around noon, Samajwadi candidate Praveen Kumar Nishad was leading by over 1,500 votes over BJP’s Upendra Dutt Shukla.

District Magistrate Rajeev Rautela reportedly walked into the counting centre and stopped personnel from giving updates to the media. He also banned reporters from entering the counting area, which is unprecedented.

Denying that his move was linked to the worrying trends for the ruling party, Mr Rautela said: “The counting of votes is underway. When the assistant Returning Officer sends counting figures of any round from the five assembly…

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