The powerful peeth, which between Yogi and his guru Avaidyanath has controlled the Gorakhpur Lok Sabha seat since 1989, has distanced itself from the loss. With no one from the peeth contesting this time, its officials insist they had little to do with the election.
The BJP’s shock defeats in the Lok Sabha by-elections for the Gorakhpur and Phulpur seats, held by Yogi and Maurya respectively, would appear to vindicate their apprehensions.
A young man said, “What more could Maharaj have done? All that was left was to pour his heart out. But the fact remains that this election was not contested in his style. Had it been the case, we would have again won by huge margin.”
While the BJP ran a concentrated campaign and announced a series of projects for the two seats, the SP-BSP rested their hopes on recent poll arithmetic.
Speaking to mediapersons in Lucknow, Akhilesh Yadav said: “I would like to thank the youth, unemployed, labourers, women and people of every society… I would also thank BSP leader Mayawatiji for giving us her party’s support… in this important fight for both the Lok Sabha seats.”
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath attributed it to “over confidence and inability to understand” the opponents’ strategies. A section of BJP leaders, however, said the party has to “seriously look into its style of functioning”
It’s a significant political moment as BJP hits a wall in a bastion and Opposition finds a road ahead
What do SP-BSP victories in UP by-polls prefigure for 2019? Not much
“It is clear from the by-poll results that voters are angry with BJP and they will vote for the non-BJP candidate who has strongest chance of winning. As far as, Congress is concerned,we are committed towards re-building the party in UP, and it does not happen overnight,” said Rahul Gandhi.
UP bye-election results 2018: The Samajwadi Party, with the backing of Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), seems to be putting up a spectacular show in the high-stakes Gorkahpur and Phulpur bypolls.
Uttar Pradesh bypolls highlights: While the Mayawati-led BSP has decided to bury its 25-year-old bitter rivalry and extend support to candidates nominated by Akhilesh Yadav-led SP, the Congress is going it alone in both the seats.
The bypoll to the Araria Lok Sabha seat in Bihar, which fell vacant following the demise of RJD MP Mohammed Taslimuddin, will also be held on the same date, the poll panel said in a statement.
In 2017, the Gorakhpur hospital was under the spotlight over a high number of child deaths due to Japanese encephalitis.
The event is being projected as part of the government’s initiative to promote tourism and local traditions.
Students reportedly asked the traders for Rs 20,000 and assaulted them after they said they would be unable to contribute