Published: Sun, March 18, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Bypoll reverses due to overconfidence: UP CM

Bypoll reverses due to overconfidence: UP CM

Mumbai: The Shiv Sena on Friday mocked the Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) for its loss in the Lok Sabha bypolls in Uttar Pradesh and said that it was a defeat of arrogance and hubris.

The decision taken by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath comes in the wake of BJP's embarrassing in the bypolls in Gorakhpur and Phulpur.

He also claimed that the UPA will become stronger in the days to come because more and more political parties are upset with the BJP and the only option is to join the UPA and form a strong anti-BJP force before 2019.

On Tuesday, Sonia hosted dinner for Opposition leaders in which leaders of 20 parties; including of Congress, SP, and BSP; attended.

Chief Minister Adityanath and Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya had won the Gorakhpur and Phulpur seats respectively in 2014, but later resigned after the BJP won the state Assembly elections.

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The defeat of BJP candidates in Gorakhpur and Phulpur, which the party had won by over three lakh votes in 2014, is being explained by the party as unexpected. BJP is a democratic party. At the conclave, the BJP President praised the Yogi government. It was fashioned on an alliance between the Samajwadi Party (SP) and the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), the two principal opposition parties in the state; implicitly suggesting a political realignment is underway ahead of the 2019 general election.

Inaugurating the session after hoisting the party flag, Rahul said "The country is in a way exhausted, looking for direction and I can say with conviction that only Congress can show the way for the country", and urged party cadres to spread love among the people as an alternative to BJP's campaign of hatred.

Speaking at an event organised by the Zee Group, Shah said, "We take the bypoll outcome seriously".

On the winning spree of the Rashtriya Janata Dal in Bihar's Jehanabad and Araria, the Sena said some BJP leaders were living in a fool's paradise as they attributed it to "a sympathy wave" for the jailed RJD President Lalu Prasad Yadav. The first is that BJP has a real challenge in 2019 Lok Sabha elections if SP and BSP decide to continue with the alliance and contest against the BJP.

"BJP has nothing to fear even if SP-BSP strike an alliance". The only consolation that the BJP can take at the moment is the drubbing of the Congress in UP, where the candidates of grand old party lost their deposits. The NCP termed the BJP's defeat as a "shape of things to come".

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