Phulpur Bypoll: BJP could lead only in one assembly segment

Phulpur Bypoll: BJP could lead only in one assembly segment

In January, the BJP lost Rajasthan's Ajmer and Alwar Lok Sabha seats to the Congress in bypolls in the state where it had won all the 25 seats in the last elections.

Congress' Phulpur candidate Manish Mishra and Gorakhpur candidate Dr Sureetha could not save their deposits after the results of the by-polls were declared. But in the midway, the SP and the BSP entered into a political bargaining for the Rajya Sabha polls.

Yogi Adityanath admitted that the result was unexpected and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was overconfident with the winning streak in several elections held at different levels. "We will definitely find out the reasons behind the defeat of the BJP candidates". Since coming to power in 2014, the ruling party has lost six seats in bypolls. This incident was raised in the ongoing sessions in both Uttar Pradesh Assembly and in Lok Sabha by the opposition parties. "In four years, BJP government is down to 271, losing its simple majority in Lok Sabha minus its allies - considering the fact that PM Modi has suspended Kirti Azad and virtually disowned their most truthful, fiercely independent Patna Sahib MP", Surjewala tweeted. He stressed that those who wanted development were still with the saffron party. But the BJP leader's old fear has now come true. Apart from it, peoples' inclination and vote percentage also impact the results. Similarly, in Phulpur, it was 37.39 per cent this time, compared to 50.20 per cent earlier.

For the first time, Gorakhpur and Phulpur in UP saw a bipolar contest between the BJP and SP-BSP alliance. The by-election results, therefore, also show that the SP-BSP alliance was able to cash into the brooding anti-incumbency sentiment against the BJP, which will now be looking to tackle the problem ahead of the 2019 general elections.

In Bihar, RJD has won Araria Parliamentary seat and the Jehanabad assembly seat while BJP's Rinky Pandey won the Bhabhua assembly in the by-elections.

While extending his good wishes to the winning candidates, the 45-year-old said they were unable to understand the "rajnaitik saudebaazi" between the SP and BSP.

In conclusion, it won't be improper to say that Modi's BJP would be really anxious if Adityanath's remark - that these bypolls are "dress rehearsal" before the 2019 general elections - were incidental or prophetic. This is when both the central and state government are under BJP's control.

The SP had polled 22.2 per cent votes and the BSP 19.6 per cent when a BJP wave swept the state in 2014. Overall, SP workers are happy and surely they are going to share their happiness on roads.

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