UP bypoll results: Alliance Arithmetic trumps BJP's electoral chemistry

UP bypoll results: Alliance Arithmetic trumps BJP's electoral chemistry

Regional heavyweights and arch rivals Samajwadi Party and Mayawati's Bahujan Samaj Party pooled resources to take on the BJP in Gorakhpur and Phulpur in what was seen as an experiment to test the ground for a larger alliance in the 2019 election.

"No chief minister or party has flouted the Constitution like this.We (Samajwadi Party and BSP) were termed as snake and mole and I was also termed as Aurangzeb.The BJP government has betrayed the people of the country and state in the name of development and nationalism and people have given a befitting reply", Yadav said.

In both seats, the Samajwadi Party fielded candidates, with the BSP offering support in a rare deal that includes the Samajwadi Party's support for the BSP in Rajya Sabha elections in UP later this month.

Keshav Prasad Maurya said the SP's victory was the result of BSP's ability to transfer its votes to the former.

"Congratulations to the winners of today's by-elections. There was no division of votes and thus, the BJP could not benefit from such a split", NCP spokesperson Nawab Malik told PTI in Mumbai.

The development comes amidst talks of Yogi neglecting his state to instead campaign for the BJP in poll-bound Karnataka as well as the northeast where the party saw spectacular results in the recently concluded assembly polls.




The Karnataka BJP had planned to use Yogi Adityanath as its star campaigner for the elections. In the 2014 election, when the RJD, the BJP and the JD (U) contested separately, the RJD's Mohammed Taslimuddin had won with a margin of more than 1.4 lakh votes. Unity among the non-BJP parties has played a key role. The SP, a champion of the Other Backward Classes (OBCs) and the Muslims in UP, and the BSP, an exponent of the Dalits, were routed by the BJP in the 2014 Lok Sabha election and the 2017 Assembly election.

In Phulpur Lok Sabha seat, Samajwadi Party's Nagendra Pratap Singh Patel is leading by 12,231 votes with 99,557 votes as against BJP's Kaushlendra Singh Patel who is second with 87,326 votes after eight round of counting. The opposition camp was quick to break into celebration, with West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee congratulating Mayawati and Akhilesh Yadav for the win.

Attributing the victory of SP to the support from Dalits, farmers, labourers, women and unemployed, Yadav said, "Governments which trouble people are brought down".

Lalu Prasad's RJD retained Araria Lok Sabha in Bihar, the results for which was also announced on Wednesday.

The swing against the BJP in its strongest seats was even more significant. "The victory is a jolt to communal politics", AAP MP Sanjay Singh said. "With BJP losing Lok Sabha seats in its own states, our leaders and workers are feeling the battle is still on and we will give BJP a good fight in panchayat polls", said a senior CPM leader on condition of anonymity.

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