Gorakhpur, Phulpur bypoll outcome lesson for BJP: CM Yogi

Gorakhpur, Phulpur bypoll outcome lesson for BJP: CM Yogi

It's an ideal situation for the Rahul Gandhi-led Congress to reinvent itself, first in the forthcoming Karnataka elections and then in Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh this year-end. Election Commission officials said the Samajwadi Party's Nagendra Singh Patel defested BJP's Kashlendra Singh Patel in Phulpur by over 59,000 votes.

In Bihar, with the opposition RJD-Congress alliance defeating the ruling BJP-JD (U) alliance in two out of three seats, the result is being seen as pointing out the general mood in the state, since this is the first electoral battle in the state after chief minister Nitish Kumar, JD (U) chief, walked out of the alliance with the RJD and the Congress and joined the BJP-led NDA previous year.

RR Jha, a professor with the political science department at Banaras Hindu University, said the by-election result should not only be seen as BJP's defeat, but also as victory of an alliance between parties that were struggling for survival.

Gorakhpuir has been a citadel of sorts for the BJP as Yogi Adityanath represented this seat for five terms before becoming the state's chief minister past year, necessitating a bypoll.

Counting has begun for the recently held Lok Sabha and assembly bypolls in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar.

"The SP and BSP coming together has helped the voters express their anger against the BJP governments in Uttar Pradesh and at the Centre". RJD's Sarfaraz Alam defeated BJP candidate Pradeep Kumar Singh by over 60,000 votes in Araria. "The over-confidence and inability to understand the electoral understanding between the SP and the BSP led to the defeat", he stressed.

Lalu Prasad Yadav's Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) won the Lok Sabha constituency of Araria by 61,988 votes, winning 5,09,334 votes, while BJP received 4,47,346 votes.




The shock value is high because Gorakhpur is Yogi Adityanath's home turf-he was a five-time MP from the constituency that houses his Gorakhnath ashram.

Will the SP-BSP alliance be the new template for the big 2019 parliamentary polls?

In the Jehanabad assembly constituency, Suday Yadav of the RJD defeated JD-U candidate Abhiram Sharma by 35,036 votes while the BJP's Rinki Pandey worsted Sambhu Patel of the Congress, a RJD ally, by 15,000 votes in Bhabua assembly constituency.

In Gorakhpur, a consolidation of OBC-Dalit-Muslim votes, which used to get split between the SP and BSP, besides the support of smaller entities like the Nishad Party and Peace Party, worked wonders for the Samajwadi Party candidates.

The by-elections had taken an interesting turn in the state after Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati went out of character and announced support to the Samajwadi Party candidates to defeat the BJP.

The SP had pocketed 22.2 per cent votes and won five seats, while the BSP failed to open its account despite polling 19.6 per cent votes. He criticisedSamajwadiParty, BSP, Congress and RLD for not having any clear policy.

In Gorakhpur, Samajwadi Party candidate Praveen Kumar Nishad is leading by 1,523. Political observers aver that arrogance holds sway in the ruling party now and it would be too much for BJP leaders to easily shed the feeling of invincibility they think they have in Prime Minister Narendra Modi's charisma.

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