As news of Samajwadi Party’s astonishing lead in the Uttar Pradesh bypolls started trickling in, political leaders from across the spectrum shared their reactions to the outcome. Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee congratulated Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav and BSP chief Mayawati for the bypolls. The two arch-rivals had come together for the Gorakhpur and Phulpur bypolls.
“Great victory. Congratulations to Mayawati Ji and @yadavakhilesh Ji for #UPByPolls The beginning of the end has started,” the Trinamool Congress chief tweeted. The West Bengal Chief Minister also congratulated RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav for his party’s performance in Araria and Jehanabad.
“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 the strongest chance of winning. As far as Congress is concerned, we are committed towards re-building the party in UP, and it will not happen overnight,” tweeted Congress president Rahul Gandhi.
Samajwadi Party’s candidate Praveen Kumar Nishad registered a resounding victory in Yogi Adityanath’s bastion Gorakhpur by 21,881 votes. Samajwadi Party’s Nagendra Pratap Singh Patel has won the Phulpur Lok Sabha seat by 59,613 votes. READ HERE FOR LIVE UPDATES OF COUNTING IN UP
In Bihar, Rashtriya Janata Dal managed to grab the Araria Lok Sabha seat by a margin of 61988 votes. While RJD candidate Sarafaraz Alam got 50,9334 votes, BJP’s Pradip Singh trailed behind with 447346 votes. In Bhabua, BJP’s Rinky Rani managed to defeat Congress’ Shambhu Singh Patel by over 11,000 votes, while RJD’s Suday Yadav defeated JD(U)’s Abhiram Sharna by over 35,000 votes in Jehnabad READ HERE FOR LIVE UPDATES OF COUNTING IN BIHAR