Gorakhpur, Phulpur bypoll outcome lesson for BJP: CM Yogi

Supporters of Samajwadi Party in Gorakhpur on Wednesday. Alliance formation however will be a lot trickier in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections than they were in UP bypolls

The significant story is the ruling BJP's loss in UP, which the BJP had won covincingly barely a year ago. In Bihar Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) emerged victorious on two seats (one Lok Sabha and another assembly seats).

BJP had wrested Phulpur seat from the BSP in 2014 Lok Sabha elections, but failed to win the seat vacated by Deputy CM Keshav Prasad Maurya. Maurya had won it in 2014 because of the Modi wave.

Workers of SP and RJD celebrated across Uttar Pradesh and Bihar by distributing candies and bursting firecrackers. After Bihar, the UP by-polls have conclusively proven that the Modi juggernaut can be finally stopped if the Opposition joins hands and replicates Bihar-type grand alliance in key states.

Congress spokesperson Jyotiraditya Scindia said the results of the by-polls clearly indicated that across the country, people had spoken out against the "anti-farmer" rule of the Central government.

That Mayawati chose to break a long tradition of going it alone and supported the Samajwadi Party (SP) in both Gorakhpur and Phulpur was crucial to the SP's victory. Samajwadi Party candidates have clinched a win in both Gorakhpur and Phulpur constituencies of Uttar Pradesh. "This is a great victory", she said. But in the midway, the SP and the BSP entered into a political bargaining for the Rajya Sabha polls.

The "Bua-Bhatija" slogans that rent the air in Gorakhpur and Phulpur today may well become the template for 2019 general elections.

Another UP satrap, Akhilesh Yadav, also has reasons to grin from ear to ear. He said that if in 2019 or 2022, the opposition comes together in the similar manner then party would also form its strategy accordingly.

In 2014 LS elections, SP had won five seats with 22.35 percent vote share, while BSP could not win a single seat despite polling 19.77 percent 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 a year ago. If that were indeed be so as there is no smoke without fire, it means all the more trouble for Yogi, and his problems would compound during the next general elections. The NDA allies had polled 43.3 per cent votes. Well, loose lips sink ships. Yogi Government was voted into office on March 11, 2017, exactly the date on which the by-elections were held last weekend.

"Both regional parties have tasted success because they came together, which implies that caste politics is back in the state", said senior journalist Srawan Shukla.

The defeats followed reverses in byelections in Alwar, Ajmer, Ratlam and Gurudaspur, and has brought BJP's Lok Sabha tally down to 275.

Insisting that Sonia and Rahul Gandhi were the main architects of a broader anti-BJP coalition and every leader of the friendly party will take this as their victory - be it Sharad Pawar or Mamata Banerjee or Lalu Prasad, the party leadeer said: "Don't presume the Congress will be left out in the lurch in the broad alliance".



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