BJP's tally in Lok Sabha down to 272

BJP's tally in Lok Sabha down to 272

The Congress had fielded Sureetha Kareem for Gorakhpur and Manish Mishra for Phulpur Lok Sabha seat.

The victory of SP candidates Nagendra Singh Patel in Phulpur and newcomer Prabin Kumar Nishad in Gorakhpur has proved that a lot of water has flown down the Ganga since the BJP swept the polls past year.

Yogi Adityanath, who represented the Gorakhpur seat in the Lok Sabha five times, winning the last elections in 2014 with a margin of 3.13 lakh votes, resigned from the seat after he became chief minister of Uttar Pradesh.

Gorakhpur seat fell vacant when Yogi Adityanath became Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister in September past year.

In Phulpur, SP's candidate Nagendra Singh Patel was elected to the Lok Sabha, defeating his nearest BJP opponent by 59,613 votes, according to Election Commission. The SP candidate from Phulpur was ahead of BJP candidate Kaushalendra Patel. The SP and BSP had formed a coalition government in the state in 1993 when the BJP, despite emerging as the single largest party following the demolition of the Babri mosque, failed to get a majority.

"To our alliance with BSP, they said it was an unholy alliance".

As the vote count moved towards the final rounds, Samajwadi Party candidate from Gorakhpur Praveen Nishad had secured 334,463 votes, with the Bharatiya Janata Party's Upendra Dutt Shukla at the second spot with 308,593 votes. The more plausible reason for the BJP's defeat is the disillusionment of the voters with the kind of blatantly communal agenda the Yogi government has pursued since coming to power.

Addressing a press conference, Akhilesh Yadav profusely thanked Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) supremo Mayawati and her party workers for his party's victory in the by-polls.

"The 2017-18 report card of the BJP is 0/10 - the BJP lost all 10 Lok Sabha by-elections in 2017 and 2018. That is why, the impact of the Centre ditching the people of Andhra Pradesh was clearly visible in the by-elections", he said. But a few byelections mean more than a mere shifting of seats from one party to another.

"Reflecting on the by-poll verdict, Chief Minister Yogi Aditya Nath said", We accept the verdict of the people, this result is unexpected, we will review the shortcomings. He said that if in 2019 or 2022, the opposition comes together in the similar manner then party would also form its strategy accordingly. "And they would teach a fitting lesson to the BJP in the assembly elections", he warned.

Arguing that the central theme of the results was disenchantment with the BJP, the Congress leaders said this would automatically alter the national political dynamics and empower the demoralised opposition forces. "Though experimental in nature, this alliance has brought them back in the race of 2019 elections", said Jha.