Rahul Gandhi meets Sharad Pawar after BJP's defeat in by-polls

Randolph Lopez
March 16, 2018

The loss of all three Lok Sabha by-elections - two in UP and one in Bihar - has punctured the euphoria in the BJP over the stunning win in Tripura and creditable show in two other north eastern states recently.

Almost nine out of 10 Indians hold a favourable opinion of him, according to a research report published in November, and opposition victories in a handful of seats can not be seen as an indication the mood is swinging away from Modi and the BJP nationally, analysts warn. No single political party or leader is seen as a competitor to Modi or the BJP.

He credited BSP chief Mayawati and allies Nishad Party and Peace Party as well as the Left parties for the victory. Gorakhpur, the bastion of the chief minister, and Phulpur +, earlier held by deputy CM Keshav Prasad Maurya, fell to the combined onslaught of former arch-rivals SP and BSP.

Terming the bypolls a victory of social justice, Yadav said the BJP talked about loan waiver for farmers, jobs for the unemployed but GST and demonetisation had created an adverse atmosphere and the Constitution was flouted in a big way.

This was the first electoral battle in the Bihar since Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, who also heads the JD (U), walked out of the Grand Alliance with the RJD and the Congress and joined the BJP-led NDA a year ago, and was being touted as a litmus test for the new coalition. "We will analyse the results". It is said that the CM Yogi Adityanath has himself faced narrow wins in previous Lok Sabha elections because of strong voting from this community. BSP supremo Mayawati had announced the backing of her party for SP candidates in both the constituencies in return for SP's support to her party candidate in the Rajya Sabha biennial elections.

The BJP had scored a thumping victory in Uttar Pradesh in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls, and together with ally Apna Dal, won 73 of the states 80 seats.

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The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) said the BJP had won in Gorakhpur eight times with Adityanand winning this seat five times.

Particularly the loss in Gorakhpur, which was represented six times by chief minister Yogi Adityanath, was very huge for the BJP.

Media reports suggested that Gandhi had floated the idea of increased cooperation between his party and NCP in Maharashtra to counter the ruling BJP-Shiv Sena alliance.

"Everyone is doing conditional analysis of the poll results", he said, adding, each state has its own dynamics and political chemistry.

Amid beating of drums and distribution of candies, the victorious Nagendra Patel not only thanked the people of Phulpur for his victory but said he also had the blessings of "behenji" Mayawati along with his own leader Akhilesh Yadav. "The result is an indicator and it will have its impact in 2019". "The BJP is aware that any delay will only damage its electoral prospects", she said.

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