After BJP's UP Bypoll Defeat, Karnataka Congress Rubs It In

After BJP's UP Bypoll Defeat, Karnataka Congress Rubs It In

The call for putting up a common front by the opposition in the 2019 elections came after BJP's defeat on Wednesday in Gorakhpur and Phulpur, the constituencies of Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Aditynath and his deputy Keshav Prasad Maurya.

He addressed 35 rallies during the campaign for the Gujarat assembly polls previous year, frequented Tripura during the February election and is giving the BJP's campaign a push in Karnataka that will vote in May.

With two out of 11 BJP candidates for Rajya Sabha polls - Vidhya Sagar Sonkar and Salil Bishnoi - withdrawing their nomination papers on Thursday, polls for the Upper House on March 23 is open for horse-trading and defections. "Perhaps Yogi Adityanath should spend less time lecturing Karnataka on development", tweeted Chief Minister Siddaramaiah who has exchanged barbs with the UP Chief Minister before on Twitter. In 2017, the BJP was hoping to consolidate OBCs against Patels but it didn't work.

Rao said the JDS was not committed to any ideology, recalling that Deve Gowda's party had earlier joined hands with the BJP to form the government. He also said that the reason for the defeat of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Gorakhpur and Phuphur was overconfidence. "Thus it might so happen that numerous party members will support the opposition in 2019".

Praveen Nishad of SP won the Gorakhpur seat by 21,961 votes, and party's candidate from Phulpur, Nagendra Pratap Singh Patel beat BJP's Kaushlendra Singh Patel by 59,460 votes in the Lok Sabha bypoll. "We hope their language will change". "Under the leadership of Modi and Amit Shah, the BJP has lost virtually every bypoll", the Uddhav Thackeray-led party said.

A jubilant Akhilesh Yadav, the president of Samjwadi Party, said: "This victory is a message against central and state government's policies". The NDA allies had polled 43.3 per cent votes.

The results of bypolls in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar do not bode well for the Congress as the strengthening of regional outfits may weaken the grand old partys chances of leading a joint opposition front for the 2019 general elections.

The disgraceful defeat of BJP in bye-elections in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar has cheered the secular parties.

Samajwadi Party's Pravin Nishad defeated BJP's Upendra Dutt Shukla in Gorakhpur, the seat which was with the party since 1989.

The former chief minister said the SP's "big win" in the by-polls was the victory of the "Dalits, poor, labourers, minorities and the other marginalised sections of the society".

"Wait and watch", was the reply of Ram Gopal Yadav, MP and uncle of Akhilesh Yadav to reporters in New Delhi when asked about the possibility of a broader opposition alliance.



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