The seat is an issue of prestige for Yogi who is leaving nothing to chance this time. The BJP's defeat in last year's bypoll is both fresh and stinging.
Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra Friday dubbed Narendra Modi an "actor" and said Amitabh Bachchan would have been a better choice for the Prime Minister's post.
When asked about being an outsider in Gorakhpur, the Bhojpuri artist said he is emotionally attached to the place and is not an outsider.
If Modi govt can waive off loans of industrialists, why not do the same with farm loans?: Priyanka at Gorakhpur
The Congress leader alleged that people fighting for their rights were put behind bars on charges of being anti-national and were subjected to atrocities.
The Chief Minister also said that his government has given a clear message to all that the place for 'gundas' is either in jails or in funeral processions.
The anti-BJP alliance would like to retain its grip over both the seats, the saffron party is looking to wrest them from the opposition.
Mishra, a native of Gorakhpur in Uttar Pradesh, was found dead with her throat slit on Tuesday night.
The party has replaced him with Praveen Nishad, the Samajwadi Party MP from Gorakhpur who had recently joined the BJP.
In a series of tweets in Hindi, Yadav also mocked the Bharatiya Janata Party for not coming out yet with its manifesto, asking if it planned to release it only when the polls are over.
A day after the departure of the Nishad party from the SP-BSP-RLD alliance, the Samajwadi Party (SP) on Saturday named its own candidate from the Gorakhpur Lok Sabha seat.
The move has come as a jolt to SP’s Gorakhpur plans as Nishad community makes a formidable 15 per cent (3.5 lakh) chunk of the electoral population in Gorakhpur.
Dr Kafeel Khan had recently filed an RTI on the BRD Medical College incident and he claimed the UP government, in its response, accepted "there was shortage of liquid oxygen for 54 hours at college.
Nishad said they were going towards the 'mini office' of Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath at the Gorakhnath temple to hand over a memorandum, but the police used force and stopped them.
Officials said that the situation was under control with some people, including women, receiving minor injuries after they fell down while rushing from the gate to the OPD windows for registration.
The first instalment of Rs 2,000 will be handed over to the farmers by the PM himself.