Yesterday, the voters in Phulpur and Gorakhpur Lok Sabha constituencies in UP voted in a significantly pivotal election ahead of the Lok Sabha election next year. Interestingly, Gorakhpur was the centre of media limelight as it belonged to UP CM Yogi Adityanath’s constituency for the last 25 years.
The bypoll in Gorakhpur was necessitated as Yogi Adityanath resigned as a MP after his appointment as UP CM last year. Yesterday the voting percentage was marginally low which isn’t a surprise considering people’s choice in bypoll elections. During the elections and even after the election, there are discussions going on whether abysmal healthcare has played its part or not.
Last year, when dozens of children died of encephalitis in BRD Medical College in Gorakhpur, the Yogi Adityanath government received much flak. Most unfortunately, BRD Medical College is the only medical institute in Gorakhpur. In the last seven, maximum number of cases of encephalitis have been reported in Gorakhpur in UP.
Let’s not forget that encephalitis was first detected in Gorakhpur four decades back. Still, the government is not confident enough of the precautionary measures which are mandatory for an area frequented with vector borne diseases. Many of the voters who queued up for voting in Gorakhpur bypoll also mentioned that healthcare was an important issue for them where Gorakhpur is still lagging behind.
Whenever there is a lesser turn out in any election, the contest becomes a close one. In the present scenario, the tussle between BJP and SP candidates in Gorakhpur has turned into an interesting one. Definitely Yogi Adityanath is well aware of the outcome of the result and that is why he wholeheartedly campaigned for his party. During the election campaigns of SP and BSP, healthcare did come up so many times and there were promises too to win public sympathy. No doubt, the fate of Gorakhpur bypoll now hungs on the perception of the local people on local healthcare.