BJP leads in Gorakhpur, SP in Phulpur

BJP leads in Gorakhpur, SP in Phulpur

The Gorakhpur and Phulpur Lok Sabha by-election results were a "lesson", Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath said today, citing his party's "over-confidence" and its inability to understand the alliance between the Samajwadi Party and Bahujan Samaj Party as the main reasons for BJP's defeat.

Likening the state of Dalits and OBCs in the party after elections to that of the removal of the scaffolding after a house is built, Yadav contended that it was not the SP-BSP alliance has not won in the two bypolls but the BJP has lost. In a big blow to BJP, Samajwadi Party registered a handsome victory in the recently concluded bypolls in Gorakhpur and Phulpur. Buffeted by the surprise defeat, Adityanath attributed it to "overconfidence" of the party and called for an in-depth analysis.

The by poll results in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar, taken together with those last month in Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh, are suggestive of a pattern that the BharatiyaJanata Party (BJP) can not afford to ignore.

The SP and BSP have their own vote banks and will not want the Congress to be strengthened as they fear that it could eat into their constituencies.

While BJP's estranged ally Shiv Sena said the results will give a boost to the opposition, the Sharad Pawar-led NCP said it showed that a united opposition can defeat the BJP-led regime.

The Gorakhpur seat was vacated by Yogi Adityanath - which he held for five consecutive terms since 1998 - after he was elevated as the Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister. "BJP will win with a huge mandate", Patel says.

BJP lost Gorakhpur for the first time in 30 years because of a combination of factors: poor booth management, a simmering agrarian unrest, an unhealthy reliance on strong arm methods, including police "encounters", the CM's "non-resident" status and, the temporary sinking of differences among social justice parties.

Just a couple of days ago, leaders of 20 opposition parties attended a dinner hosted by Congress leader Sonia Gandhi at her residence to consolidate opposition unity and firm up a joint strategy to take on BJP in the 2019 national elections. "People were recalling old incidents but sometimes they have to be forgotten", Yadav told said.

The BJP's offering of vikas (development) is how the party explains its election victories. BJP is not doing well in Madhya Pradesh bypolls, UP and all BJP ruled states.

The editorial questioned the theory of invincibility of the BJP claimed by the party spokespersons and a section of the media by saying that the BJP has lost nine Lok Sabha seats in the by-polls in the last four years after Narendra Modi came to power.

This is worrisome for the BJP especially with Lok Sabha elections slated to be held next year.