Wednesday, 20 June, 2018

Unexpected bypoll result; BJP paid for its overconfidence, says Yogi Adityanath

Visual of counting of votes from a counting centre in UP's Pipraich Visual of counting of votes from a counting centre in UP's Pipraich
Sammy Stanley | 15 March, 2018, 04:59

In the prestigious Gorakhpur Lok Sabha seat, BJP's Upendra Dutt Shukla was trailing behind Praveen Nishad of the SP by over 1,500 votes at the end of third round of counting.

Adityanath said he accepted the verdict in the two byelections in the state as people are supreme in democracy but he hoped that people will also understand the harm that could come on the state due to this SP-BSP alliance.

The SP-BSP alliance was formed with the sole objective to defeat the ruling BJP in Uttar Pradesh.

"They have been making tall promises but not delivering on the ground", he said, explaining why the voters appeared to have turned against the BJP so dramatically in these two seats since the 2014 Lok Sabha battle. In 2014, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath had won the seat with a margin of 3,12,783 votes. "There is a Media Centre inside the Campus", said the poll body.

Interestingly, Rautela, along with IAS officer Rakesh Kumar Singh, were suspended by Allahabad High Court in December 2017 for promoting illegal mining during his tenure in Rampur district. The by-poll in Uttar Pradesh's Kairana is yet to be announced after the death of BJP MP Hukum Singh. Congress general secretary Ghulam Nabi Azad had discussed the possibility of fielding joint candidates with SP chief Akhilesh Yadav and BSP's Satish Misra. But the results suggest the backward castes and the Dalits are still behind parties that represent them. He visited the BSP supremo's residence later in the evening. "We express our thanks to the leaders and workers of BSP", Yadav said. "The state recorded an overall polling of 42 per cent in the two seats", Joint Chief Election Officer R C Rai said. This is the first time in six years (her cycle of electoral losses began in the 2012 UP Assembly polls) when Mayawati has reasons to smile. But in the midway, the SP and the BSP entered into a political bargaining for the Rajya Sabha polls.

Alliance formation, however, will be a lot trickier in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections than they were in these bypolls.

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It is of vast political significance that the morale-boosting victory for the Opposition comes just hours after leaders of 20 parties met at Sonia Gandhi's residence to draw up a blueprint for the 2019 elections.

The BHU professor said the saffron party needs to introspect on its defeat as it has lost seats previously held by its chief minister and deputy chief minister.

Huge setback for PM Modi and CM Yogi: BJP trails by 22,954 votes in Gorakhpur, 47,351 votes in Phulpur and 57,791 votes in Bihar's Araria Lok Sabha seats.

"This shows the return of caste politics in Uttar Pradesh".

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. These seats are Gorakhpur and Phulpur in UP, while three seats in Bihar include Araria Lok Sabha seat and Bhabua and Jehanabad assembly seats.

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