BJP stares at Lok Sabha bypolls setback

Akhilesh Yogi

Gorakhpur, the bastion of the chief minister, and Phulpur +, earlier held by deputy CM Keshav Prasad Maurya, fell to the combined onslaught of former arch-rivals SP and BSP. One could underplay the BJP losses in Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh by attributing them to anti-incumbency because the governments in these two states were in the last year of their five-year term.

It appears that, after their triumph, the BSP-SP might set aside their past acrimony and forge an electoral understanding that pays both electoral dividends in 2019.

After second round of counting in Phulpur, SP's Nagendra Singh is leading with 22,460 votes, BJP's Kaushlendra Singh trailing with 21,402 votes. However, senior BJP leaders such as Amit Shah kept mum about the party's defeat.

The party, she added, may hold Lok Sabha polls along with assembly elections in seven-eight states. Both the UP seats were won by a new partnership between the Samajwadi Party and the BSP, who have buried an intense rivalry of two decades. According to NDTV, SP lawmaker Dharmendra Yadav has reportedly requested his party chief and the opposition leadership to "continue this alliance" till 2019.

In Bihar, the RJD retained the Araria Lok Sabha seat and has won the Jehanabad assembly seat.

The BJP was also trounced in a parliamentary and assembly constituency apiece in Bihar at the hands of the jailed former chief minister Lalu Yadav's Rashtriya Janata Dal, which included one Muslim victor. "These corrupt people are enjoying their lives in foreign countries with the tacit support of the government", she alleged. SP candidate Pravin Kumar Nishad got 4,56,437 votes over his nearest BJP rival Upendra Dutt Shukla who secured 4,34,476 votes.

"Congratulations to the winners of today's by-elections. I congratulate the winning candidates".

"The Congress is keen on rebuilding the party in Uttar Pradesh, but that will not happen overnight", he tweeted in Hindi.

It seems like Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath has taken the setback to the BJP in the recently-concluded Uttar Pradesh bypolls in his stride. Over and above that, there is the question of the BJP having enough time to regroup and play on the divisions both within these parties and between them. "Yogi never bothered about children deaths in hospital and giving lectures about UP in other states", said the statement further. Gorakhpur constituency belongs to UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath.

The Uttar Pradesh and Bihar by-elections results have dealt a the enormous blow to Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). He alleged BJP losing the elections indicate that their leaders have no will power to work for development.

Political analyst Sandeep Shastri said the bypoll results would not have any impact on the Karnataka elections as the fight would be directly between the BJP and the Congress.

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