Published: Fri, March 16, 2018
Money | By Armando Alvarado

No 'direct' impact on Karnataka polls due to UP results: Parties

No 'direct' impact on Karnataka polls due to UP results: Parties

"In such a situation, he will not be involved in party activities in Punjab and he will also not be allowed to fight polls", she said.

In a stunning blow to the BJP, the party on Wednesday lost bypolls to all the three Lok Sabha seats it contested, including its bastion Gorakhpur, and Phulpur in Uttar Pradesh, besides Araria in Bihar. "What happened yesterday will impact the general election", the former Maharashtra minister said, adding that the results had proved that a united opposition could defeat the BJP-led central government. The NCP termed the BJP's defeat as a "shape of things to come".

Rao said the JDS was not committed to any ideology, recalling that Deve Gowda's party had earlier joined hands with the BJP to form the government. In an alliance with its arch-rival Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) of Mayawati, the Samajwadi Party won the Gorakhpur and Phulpur Lok Sabha seats with a thumping majority.

The BSP-SP alliance in UP, like the erstwhile JD (U)-RJD alliance in Bihar in 2015, should be read as the coming together of those caste communities who feel left out from the BJP's caste matrix. Both of them had won their seats by margins of over 3 lakh votes. The by-election is important because it is the first since Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar-led Janata Dal (United), or JDU, returned to NDA fold in July past year.

In Bihar, the BJP coalition's archrival Rashtriya Janata Dal retained his seat by over 61,000 votes.

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"Last year, the BJP set a record by winning 325 seats in UP Assembly polls".

Besides, Gandhi also posted on Twitter remembrances of Kanshi Ram, the late founder of the BSP, calling the latter a "great social reformer who brought latent social forces in touch with politics giving them voice". "There was no division of votes and the BJP could not benefit from such a split". The chief minister's supporters have been upset ever since the party's central leadership ignored his list of feasible candidates for Gorakhpur.

Speaking to media over the bypolls at his residence today, Naveen said, "BJP is sinking...sinking quite fast". "We can see BJP is sinking ..." Statistics bear me out when I say that the DMK had a better strike rate than the AIADMK in the 2016 Assembly elections in Tamil Nadu. If the opposition front defeats the ruling NDA in the next Lok Sabha elections and the Congress wins fewer seats than main opposition parties such as the BSP, SP or Trinamool Congress, Rahul Gandhi's dream of becoming the prime minister might get deferred indefinitely.

He said Christians - who make up 2.3 percent of the population - are politically neglected because they are scattered across the country and can not be seen as a voting block.

"BJP has suffered humiliating loss in the Lok Sabha seats held by the Chief Minister (Adityanath) and Deputy Chief Minister (Keshav Prasad Maurya) of Uttar Pradesh".

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