After BJP's UP Bypoll Defeat, Karnataka Congress Rubs It In

Ivan Schwartz
March 16, 2018

The BJP has won the Bhabua assembly seat, which it held.

The by-poll results also indicate that Nitish Kumar, who had earned substantial support from Muslims and the extremely backward classes (EBC) in the last decade, may have lost much of that support after he abruptly severed ties with the RJD to join the NDA again.

"The BJP rule is anchored by the number of MPs from Uttar Pradesh". After the BJP's loss became apparent, Adityanath attributed the defeat to over-confidence and said the party plans to "review the shortcomings", while UP BJP chief Mahendra Nath Pandey attributed it to the low voter turnout. The SP could win in UP because of BSP supremo Mayawati's support.

While on the one hand the Congress is seeking to put together a joint Opposition alliance to take the BJP on in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, regional parties are hoping to forge a united front without the Congress as another alternative. Though the party has managed to form government in 20 plus states of country, the reverses it has suffered in recent past would surely dent its image raising questions of its invincibility in the run-up to the 2019 elections to the Lok Sabha.

"Me and my party are grateful to the BSP and its workers who worked hard to ensure the victory of the SP candidate in these by-polls".

After two successive setbacks, Mayawati's massive ego has had to reconcile with the failure of her Bahujan politics.

The result-Akhilesh Yadav neither attended past Congress chief Sonia Gandhi's dinner recently nor mentioned Congress in his victory message after UP by-election results.

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Moreover, given its strength - 324 MLAs - in 402 member UP Assembly, BJP can easily get its eight candidates elected and will be left with 28 spare votes.

Congress candidate Sureetha Kareem polled 18,844 votes.

But people in states where the party had been ruling for some time were becoming disillusioned, he said.

Samajwadi Party candidate Praveen Nishad defeated Bharatiya Janata Party's nominee Upendra Singh by over 21,000 votes, wresting the Gorakhpur parliamentary seat, which it had held for almost 30 years, with Adityanath winning five consecutive times till 2014.

Noting that the coalition of BSP and SP could defeat the BJP now, Vijayan said in 2014 SP was in alliance with Congress. "Congress was given 105 seats then but it won in only seven". The other, the Rashtriya Mahan Gantantra Party, is of the Nishad caste.

BJP had won Phulpur for the first time. In Gorakhpur, too, the BJP committed mistake by fielding a Brhamin, Upendra Dutt Shukla, while the SP went for a "Nishad" candidate, Praveen Nishad.

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