Assam: BJP president Amit Shah to visit before panchayat poll

Bye-bye polls Do the Uttar Pradesh results give the anti-BJP parties a template for 2019

Bye-bye polls Do the Uttar Pradesh results give the anti-BJP parties a template for 2019

Hence, the loss of two prestigious seats represented by the chief minister and deputy chief minister is a warning sign for the BJP which it must heed if it hopes to stay in office in Delhi beyond the current term that ends next year.

The BJP chief in his first reaction over the party debacle in Gorakhpur and Phulpur Lok Sabha By-polls said UP government was one of the best among the BJP dispensations in the states. The BJP has not won a single Lok Sabha poll even though it has been winning state after state.

In an indication of how the party plans to defeat to BJP-led coalition in 2019, she recalled the flexibility shown by the party in favour of alliances ahead of the 2004 Lok Sabha polls to hand out an unexpected thrashing to the then National Democratic Alliance government.

Mr. Adityanath said the Samajwadi Party-Bahujan Samaj Party (SP-BSP) combine had not made any dent in the BJP's vote bank.

"They fielded their candidates in the urban local bodies polls, but did they appropriately discharge the alliance dharma..."

Gandhi sought to enthuse the party's rank and file for the challenging battles ahead, including the Karnataka Assembly elections later this year, saying Congress' victory was the country's victory.

In the 2014 LS elections, the BJP had romped home with a comfortable majority of 282 seats, but now, after the UP results, its tally is down to 273 seats in the Lok Sabha.


However, seeking to downplay SBSP's annoyance, state BJP spokesperson Manish Shuka said, "All our alliance partners are with the BJP".

Adityanath took oath as chief minister on 19 March previous year when the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) managed to win a historic mandate of 325 seats out of the 403 seats in the assembly.

It is indeed a wake-up call for the BJP that won 223 Lok Sabha seats out of 261 seats spread across Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Maharashtra, Jharkhand, Rajasthan, Haryana and Gujarat in 2014 General Elections.

"There can be some contest on the ninth seat", a senior UP BJP leader said.

Rajbhar also created a flutter in political circles by announcing that his support for the BJP's Rajya Sabha nominees was still uncertain.

He said that deviating from the "real issues" was the character of the BJP and only the regional forces "can stop its march", according to a statement issued here by his party.

The SP has fielded Jaya Bachchan and BSP Bhimrao Ambedkar.

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