BJP prepares for first anniversary celebrations of Yogi govt

16 March, 2018, 01:06 | Author: Roderick Gutierrez
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As per early trends, the BJP is behind the Samjawadi Party in both constituencies.

In a setback to the BJP ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, the saffron party was trounced in the bypolls to three Lok Sabha seats, including the citadel of Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath's Gorakhpur, yesterday. The victory of SP candidates Nagendra Singh Patel in Phulpur and newcomer Prabin Kumar Nishad in Gorakhpur has proved that a lot of water has flown down the Ganga since the BJP swept the polls past year.

It however does not give any hope for the Congress as the votes gathered by the party in 2018 are much lesser than what it got in 2014.

Ghanshyam Tiwari, spokesman for the Samajwadi Party (SP) whose two candidates won this week's Uttar Pradesh by-elections, said the BJP had been winning new states by "selling dreams" to voters through glitzy advertisements.

"We failed to understand the implications of this alliance between Samajwadi Party and Bahujan Samaj Party that are as different as chalk and cheese in the middle of the elections as part of bargain for the Rajya Sabha elections", he said.

CPI (M) MP Mohammed Salim also welcomed the outcome of the bypolls and said it would have its impact on next year's Lok Sabha polls.

The JDS has already entered into a pre-poll alliance with the BSP and is also in talks with Sharad Pawar's NCP. In June 1995, Samajwadi Party workers, who were angry with Mayawati for withdrawing support to Mulayam Singh Yadav, had targeted the BSP chief who was present at the state guest house on Meera Bai Marg here. The BJP was further lulled into complacency when the BSP supremo Mayawati even issued a denial about having a formal electoral pact with the SP. Samajwadi Party leader Praveen Nishad -the giant killer from Gorakhpu- who won from BJP's stronghold and UP's Yogi Adityanath in his constituency, is just 29 years old.

In Bihar, where parliamentary and assembly seats were being contested, the Tejashwi Yadav-led Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) won in Jehanabad assembly seat, defeating the Janata Dal United's Abhiram Sharma, while the BJP won the Bhabua assembly seat, the party's only victory in these by-elections. And in Phulpur, BJP's Keshav Prasad Maurya defeated SP's Dharam Raj Singh Patel by 3,08,308 votes. He said the possible causes would be analysed at length. "However, they are covering the corruption allegations being levelled against their own leaders", she said. RJD is back despite Lalu being in jail; and SP is back spurred by its alliance with BSP.

"Congress decimated in #UPByPolls & in Bihar.Congress candidates lost their deposits in UP, yet @INCIndia is euphoric & celebrating".

The Phulpur seat saw the Samajwadi Party-Bahujan Samaj Party combine win with a margin of almost 60,000 votes. The BJP was defeated in Uluberia, too, with the seat going to Sajda Ahmed of the Trinamool Congress.

He said people had also testified against the BJP government's "anti-youth policies", "anti-women rule" and "unemployment that is rampant".

According to the State Election Office, 47 per cent of the voters exercised their franchise in Gorakhpur, whereas the turnout in Phulpur was lower at 38 per cent.



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