Bypolls: SP Wins Gorakhpur and Phulpur, RJD Reclaims Araria

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Bypolls: SP Wins Gorakhpur and Phulpur, RJD Reclaims Araria

"People in lakhs supported us on both the seats". We had been winning Gorakhpur continuously.

"Perhaps there has never been a Chief Minister who mocked at the Constitution like he (Adityanath) has done". While Nishad received 1,80,155 votes, BJP's Upendra Dutt Shukla was a close second with 1,65,487 votes. "Although we have been defeated, but the saudebaazi (tradeship) of SP-BSP has been exposed".

The implications of BJP's loss in Gorakhpur can't thus be undermined, particularly in view of the damage emerging social and political coalitions can cause.

In Phulpur, it was Keshav Prasad Maurya, the deputy chief minister of UP who had polled 52 per cent of the votes in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections.

It was only after a big tug-of-war that he agreed to settle for the deputy chief minister's position.

In Bihar's Jehanabad and Bhabua assembly constituencies, the bypolls were necessitated after the death of sitting RJD MLA Mundrika Yadav and the death of sitting BJP MLA Anand Bhushan Pandey respectively. "This suggests that there is lack of coordination in the BJP at the grassroots", said a senior BJP leader from Allahabad. Together with its regional allies, the BJP also formed its governments in Nagaland and Meghalaya.

The signs are ominous for the BJP.

"This is a rejection of both (Prime Minister Narendra) Modi and Yogi (Adityanath)", Samajwadi Party spokesman Anurag Bhaudauria told IANS. Rahul Gandhi in his tweet further said, "The Congress party is ready to rebuilt Uttar Pradesh and this will not happen overnight".

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The SP president was very critical on the BJP leaders particularly Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath for derogatory remarks on the BSP-SP combination in this bypolls. Having to distribute seats in a manner that does not lead to disaffection among two cadres that do not like each other across the entire state is another matter altogether.

On the whole, the poll drubbing of BJP in UP, Bihar is seen as an anti-Modi wave in the country, ahead of crucial assembly elections in Rajasthan, Karnataka and the next general elections for parliament.

"BJP has suffered humiliating loss in the Lok Sabha seats held by the CM & DyCM of UP".

More worryingly for the BJP is the sub-text of the verdict in UP.

Since there are no permanent enemies in politics, the Samajwadi Party and the Bahujan Samaj Party have come together this time to stop the BJP. Little wonder then that early celebrations injected life into the SP cadre - demoralised after being routed in the state elections, and infuriated BJP.

Yogi Adityanath's overconfidence led him to repeatedly describe these two by-polls as a "dress rehearsal" for the 2019 general elections.

He noted that local issues dominated and voter turnout was also low. He should instead focus on governance in his state.

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