BJP shocked at SP win in Yogi stronghold

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                              BJP leading in Gorakhpur but only just

11:16 BJP leading in Gorakhpur but only just

SP's Nagendra Pratap Singh Patel secured 3,42,756 seats and defeated the BJP's Kaushalendra Singh Patel by a margin of 59,613 votes.

Why did Bharatiya Janata Party lose the by-elections to Gorakhpur and Phulpur Lok Sabha seats in Uttar Pradesh? Reacting to the poll debacle, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said it was because of "over confidence" and the last-minute alliance between the SP and BSP that led to the loss.

Gandhi, while congratulating the victorious candidates, said that the results showed the "electorate is very angry against the BJP and will vote for the non-BJP candidate most likely to win".

RJD candidate Kumar Krishna Mohan alias Suday Yadav won by 35,036 votes in Jehanabad over his nearest Janata Dal (United) (JDU) rival Abhiram Sharma. On Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath's home turf Gorakhpur, SP's Praveen Kumar Nishad won by 21,881 votes. The victory of the alliance has sent alarm bells ringing in the BJP headquarters, and Amit Shah and other top leaders including Narendra #Modi are meeting to take stock of the situation.

Low voter turnout was recorded at both the constituencies. The byelections further amplified the irrelevance of Congress in large swathes, with the party losing its deposits in both Gorakhpur and Phulpur.

NDTV-news channel has reported that the BJP citadel of Gorakhpur has been demolished and in addition, it also lost the Phullpur seat. The SP victory is like winning a crucial league cricket match before the knockout stage of the tournament which improves the net run rate and bolsters the team's prospects in upcoming tight contests.

In Bihar, Lalu Prasad's RJD has retained the Araria Lok Sabha seat and an assembly seat, while the BJP retained another assembly seat.

The BJP was defeated by the Tejashwi Yadav-led RJD in Bihar's Araria Lok Sabha constituency.

On the Congress proving the worst loser in these two by-elections in Uttar Pradesh, the political pundits said assessing the impact of these outcomes in terms of the number of votes polled by the Congress was naïve as the larger message is the success of the experiment of anti-BJP coalition and the psychological boost to the Opposition.

In a tweet, shortly after the Uttar Pradesh results were out, Vijayan said "results of bypolls in UP signal the end of overhyped Modi magic built on false promises, fake claims". Maurya alleged that while BSP-SP announced support, even Congress, which had fielded its candidates gave indirect support to the SP candidate. Should the by-polls result be considered the trailer for the Lok Sabh elections due in 2019?

Asked if the opposition parties were chalking out unity plans ahead of the 2019 general election, he said the "process is on" and added that the opposition unity was a "big challenge" and would take "time and honest efforts" to materialise. Party sources said it may seem ironic that incumbency had played out against Yogi so early within a year of him assuming office.

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