LS bypolls: BJP ahead in Gorakhpur, SP in Phulpur

LS bypolls: BJP ahead in Gorakhpur, SP in Phulpur

In Maharashtra, Shiv Sena has already declared that it is parting BJP's company before the Lok Sabha polls. These bypolls results have come at a time when the BJP was celebrating its first year of power in UP.

Gorakhpur/Patna-The Bharatiya Janata Party is staring at defeat in two key parliamentary seats in Uttar Pradesh - Gorakhpur and Phulpur - which were vacated by Chief Minister Yogi Aditynath and his deputy Keshav Prasad Maurya after their entry into the Assembly in April, 2017.

- Gorakhpur: BJP- 15577, SP- 13911.

In the latest by-election to Uttar Pradesh's Phulpur and Gorakhpur, the Samajwadi Party (SP) nominees defeated the BJP candidates by handsome margins.

As the speaker said that the issue can not be raised in this manner, the opposition including SP, BSP as well as Congress members marched into the well of the house raising slogans, "Lok tantra ki hatyari sarkar nahi chalegi", "Vote Ki dhandali band karo".

"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. He has so far got 44,979 votes as against BJP's Upendra Dutt Shukla who has so far polled 43,456 votes.

With the win on two Lok Sabha seats in UP, SP's tally has gone up to seven from five in 2014.

BJP's loss in Gorakhpur is the first in three decades, while Maurya's victory in Phulpur in 2014 at the height of the Modi wave was its first.

The SP had pocketed 22.2 per cent votes and won five seats, while the BSP failed to open its account despite polling 19.6 per cent votes. The bypoll to the Araria seat was necessitated after the death of sitting RJD MP Mohammad Taslimuddin.

In the Araria Lok Sabha constituency, the RJD won the election.

The significant story is the ruling BJP's loss in UP, which the BJP had won covincingly barely a year ago. Recent by-elections in Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh had corroborated it.

It is of vast political significance that the morale-boosting victory for the Opposition comes just hours after leaders of 20 parties met at Sonia Gandhi's residence to draw up a blueprint for the 2019 elections. The party retained the seat in the by-poll. BJP candidate Rinki Rani Pandey has won from Bhabhua. Saffron party's lead in Gorakhpur reduced to 2,000. The BJP is leading in Bhabua while RJD leads again in Jehanabad. Congress leaders argued after the results that Phulpur and Gorakhpur have given a concrete answer to the vital question on how to stop the Narendra Modi juggernaut.

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