Bypoll Results in UP, Bihar Will Spur Opposition Unity

15 March, 2018, 06:23 | Author: Mable Gonzales
  • Counting is also going on for two Assembly seats – Bhabua and Jehanabad from Bihar

He said local factors play a role in byelections but in the General Elections, the good performance of the Modi government and its welfare schemes will have an impact in BJP's favour. "Bypoll results have given clear message that people are angry with BJP for its arrogance & misrule", listing the 10 seats ~ Amritsar, Srinagar, Malappuram, Gurdaspur, Ajmer, Alwar, Uluberia, Gorakhpur, Phulpur and Araria. "As far as, Congress is concerned, we are committed to re-building the party in UP, and it does not happen overnight".

Samajwadi Party's Nagendra Pratap Singh Patel won in Phulpur while the SP's Pravin Kumar Nishad was leading in Gorakhpur. But the last-minute alliance stitched up by Mayawati, Akhilesh Yadav and Ram Gopal Yadav wrested Gorakhpur with a margin of over 21,000 votes and Phulpur (59,000 plus) for the SP.

In 2014, the BJP and its ally Apna Dal won 73 of 80 Lok Sabha seats and 325 out of 403 seats in the 2017 Assembly elections.

Earlier this month, Mayawati had cautioned against reading too much into her party's support for the SP in the two constituencies, calling it a short-term deal in exchange of SP lawmakers voting in favor of BSP leaders in the Rajya Sabha polls, later this month.

On the flip side, BJP's loss in two most crucial seats in UP is being seen as a great setback for the party and its hardliners following the Hindutva agenda before the 2019 elections. █ In Bihar, bad news for Nitish The RJD won the Araria Lok Sabha seat in Bihar as well the Jehanabad assembly constituency while the BJP bagged the Bhabhua assembly seat in bypolls that were considered the first electoral test after Nitish Kumar dumped the Grand Alliance and joined hands with the BJP. Will SP's vote base elect BSP candidates? "We will definitely find out the reasons behind the defeat of the BJP candidates".

Both the Lok Sabha constituencies voted on Sunday.

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The first by-poll shock for BJP came in from MadMaran brothers discharged in telephone exchange casehya Pradesh's Ratlam constituency in November 2015.

In another tweet, he named the 10 Lok Sabha seats - Amritsar, Srinagar, Malappuram, Gurdaspur, Ajmer, Alwar, Uluberia, Gorakhpur, Phulpur and Araria.

The RJD retained the Jehanabad Assembly seat, with its nominee Suday Yadav defeating his JD (U) rival Abhiram Sharma by more than 30,000 votes.

"They have been making tall promises but not delivering on the ground", he said, explaining why the voters appeared to have turned away against the BJP so dramatically in these two seats since the 2014 Lok Sabha battle. "When the candidates were declared, the SP, BSP and Congress were not together".

Samajwadi Party (SP) and BSP stitched a last minute alliance in the by-polls. The Samajwadi Party and the Bahujan Samaj Party do not work well together. But the BJP leader's old fear has now come true. Gorakhpur District Magistrate Rajeev Rautela announced that after the third round of counting, SP's Praveen Nishad polled 44,979 votes against 43,457 votes polled for BJP's Shukla. Congress general secretary Ghulam Nabi Azad had discussed the possibility of fielding joint candidates with SP chief Akhilesh Yadav and BSP's Satish Misra.



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