Heard amid Gorakhpur silence: What more could Yogi Adityanath have done?

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.”

Written by Maulshree Seth | Gorakhpur | Updated: March 15, 2018 12:06 pm
Gorakhpur Math silence: What more could Yogi Adityanath have done Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath (Express)

The Muth in Gorakhpur was uncharacteristically silent, with policemen protecting its doors and staff whispering about what might have gone wrong. Virendra Singh sat behind the typewriter at the office used by UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath when he stayed at the Muth. He distanced the Muth from the defeat.

Is peeth ki tulna kisi party se nahi ki ja sakti. BJP ki astha hai ki nahi pata nahi. Par logon ki mandir se astha hai. Peeth ki haar log Hindu samaj ki har mante hain… Lekin is bar larayi kuch aur thi,” Virendra said.

A young man next to him 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.”

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Both said the loss is not of the Muth. Instead, “dhokha ho gaya”, they said, an indirect reference to the overconfidence of BJP leaders.

Of the two setbacks the BJP received in Uttar Pradesh, Gorakhpur delivered an obviously bigger blow than Phulpur. Last won by Yogi, Gorakhpur had been won by the party for last 27 years, including by Yogi himself for 20 years. Phulpur, on the other hand, had gone to the BJP only once since Independence, when current Deputy CM Keshav Prasad Maurya won it in 2014, the first. “Phulpur pehli baar jeete they… Gorakhpur lagatar jeet rahe hain.. Jahan chook hui usey dekhenge,” the deputy chief minister said.

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The SP’s Praveen Nishad (4.56 lakh votes) won Gorakhpur by 21,961 votes against BJP zonal head Upendra Dutt Shukla (4.34 lakh). Praveen, an engineer, is the son of Sanjay Nishad, chief of NISHAD party. The Congress had fielded a city gynaecologist and a Bengali Brahmin, Surheeta Kareem.

Some 6 km from the Muth is a small office of NISHAD party, where sweets were distributed until 11pm. Sitting next to an old almirah, on an old chair covered with white towel, Sanjay Nishad could not stop smiling. The party chief and winner’s father told tells his workers, “Alliance jeetne ke liye hota hai. Bahut lar liye. Daon pech lagana hi rajniti hai.”

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He asked his son over to the office, which is in a semi-constructed building with their home at the back. “Humnein maha gathbandhan ka nirman kiya hai. SP, BSP, Peace Party, NISHAD, sab ek sath agaye to defeat those who only make announcements. It is not the end. It is a beginning,” Praveen told The Indian Express, as the father and son prepared to leave for Lucknow to thank SP chief Akhilesh Yadav for the SP symbol.

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Former BSP minister Ram Kumar Nishad was still with him. “It is the start. There are still many issues to be raised but at present it is time to celebrate,” he said, before leaving.

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      Mar 15, 2018 at 11:45 pm
      When yogi is good at shaking the Hundi and collect chadava from devotees, he has to do only that thing, shaking the Hundi. Why unnecessarily coming to governance, which no way he can do?
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        Velu Murugan
        Mar 15, 2018 at 10:30 pm
        What more could he have done? He should stop spewing venom, spreading hatred and concentrate on developmental work which benefits all sections of the society. At the same time he should stop lecturing other progressive states like Karnataka and Kerala on healthcare, development, law and order. First clean up your own backyard.
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          Mar 15, 2018 at 8:17 pm
          I wilk now suggest BJP organigation only to consentrste on HINDU VOTETS Do not appease MUSLIM They shsll never vote to BJP.IfBjp Gov goes away out of political field this country may firther lead to mougul period Hindus shall diminish like Parsies .
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            Mar 15, 2018 at 8:09 pm
            I think People of u p and Bihar likes vinash nkot vikas.People of these two state would still like to migrate Metro citiies like Mum Delhi and Calcutta to do labour in stead of livi d respectful life in their own state.Two Yadavas in UP and Bihar do not like other people of their own commn ity except to libe princely life as they have been living at the cost of poor people of U P anBihar.HonYogi want to transform U P in to a dlowing state but these vested intetest leader are obstructing. dayashankar
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