Accept Gorakhpur, Phulpur verdict but SP-BSP alliance will stall progress: Yogi Adityanath

The chief minister agreed that the last minute alliance of the Samajwadi Party and Bahujan Samaj Party worked against his party in the bypolls.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: March 14, 2018 7:45 pm
UP govt probes mass marriage scheme UP CM Yogi Adityanath (Express Photo by Gajendra Yadav)

Accepting BJP’s defeat in Phulpur and Gorakhpur Lok Sabha bypolls, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Wednesday said the shortcoming will be reviewed. “We accept the verdict of the people, this result is unexpected, we will review the shortcomings. I congratulate the winning candidates,” said Adityanath.

The chief minister agreed that the last minute alliance of the Samajwadi Party and Bahujan Samaj Party worked against his party in the bypolls. “When the candidates were declared, the SP, BSP and Congress were not together…they had not joined hands then. But suddenly in the middle of the election, the SP and the BSP forged an electoral understanding,” he told the media from his residence.

“The over-confidence and inability to understand the electoral understanding between the SP and the BSP led to the defeat,” Adityanath stressed. “Yeh BSP-SP ka jo rajnitik saudebaazi, desh ke vikas ko baadhit karne ke liye bani hai, iske baare mein hum apni rann neeti tayaar karenge (The SP-BSP alliance has been made to stall the development in the country. We will develop our political action with respect to this),” he added.

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Refusing to accept the result as mandate against Modi government at Centre, Adityanath asserted that the bypolls are contested on local issues and that the turn-out was low. “When the general elections are held, there will be national issues. Under the leadership of PM Narendra Modi, there has been a sense of confidence which is prevailing in the country…but all these will be reviewed.”

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Samajwadi Party’s Nagendra Pratap Singh Patel defeated BJP’s Kaushlendra Singh Patel by 59,460 votes in Phulpur. In Gorakhpur which is CM Yogi Adityanath’s bastion, Praveen Nishad of SP was declared a winner by 21,000 votes, while BJP’s Upendra Dutt Shukla trailed behind.

The bypolls were necessitated after UP CM Adityanath and Deputy CM Keshav Prasad Maurya vacated the Gorakhpur and Phulpur seats respectively following their election to the state legislative council.

(With inputs from agencies)

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    Jeevan Karkera
    Mar 15, 2018 at 4:46 am
    Feel sad for U.P. people. Now, all criminals and anti-nationals will be revived al the developmental project will be stopped.
    1. I
      Mar 15, 2018 at 3:06 am
      Your arrogant rewarded.people dislike you and modi.
      1. B
        Mar 15, 2018 at 2:55 am
        This is the slap on turncoat BJP by people.... People voted for BJP with spirit of nationalism and hindu pride to be restored. Modi has done nothing in this regard and forgot all his promises like OROP, did not teach Pakis a lesson they badly deserve, introduced Aadhar mindlessly harassing the voting segment of BJP most. BJP is doing tango with separatists in JnK and filing FIRs against Army Officers fighting terrorism. Modi and Yogi have to work towards Hindu pride as their guidepost. BJP cannot expect to win again by transforming itself into sickular avatar of Congress party. The BJP supporters simply did not come out to vote in both LS seats in UP - they need to be charged up to step out of their houses and do voting. BJP will win if voting percentage is over 50 in any LS seat in UP.
        1. John Johnny
          Mar 15, 2018 at 3:11 am
          What the is Hindu Pride? Yogi had the balls to bring order to the system. Now everything will go back to the same lawless state they were in ...
          1. B
            Mar 15, 2018 at 3:26 am
            BJP only wins if the voting percentage is over 50 - very clear BJP supporters were not charge or motivated enough to go out and vote. At a voter turnout of 40 or less BJP will lose... see all historical data. I am from UP and understand the caste and moslem arithmetic. Only way Modi/ BJP can charge -up their supporters and win is by polarising Hindus and doing something on Pakistan. Good governance only helps in a v small way... elections are more about about arithmetic.
        2. R
          Mar 15, 2018 at 1:34 am
          BJP appears to have become complacent and did not work hard enough to turn out their voters to the polling booths.
          1. Javed Khan
            Mar 15, 2018 at 1:09 am
            This non-sense CM Yogi, actually wants to say that SP-BSP alliance will only stall the communal hatred, which he his party is promoting.
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