BJP may lose 50 seats if SP-BSP pool together in 2019

Lester Mason
March 18, 2018

The SP candidate in Gorakhpur, Pravin Nishad defeated his nearest rival Upendra Dutt Shukla (BJP).

The fact that the BJP lost both seats - Gorakhpur was vacated by Adityanath and Phulpur by his deputy Keshav Prasad Maurya after the BJP formed the state government previous year - was a reason for review, the chief minister added. The Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) had backed its bitter rival the SP.

The SP leadership has set its eyes on the two seats and plans to contest both with BSP support.

It is a personal loss for Adityanath who till now thought the seat was his pocket borough. "Sharply reacting to Adityanath's saanp-chuchundar" remark on the BSP-SP alliance, Yadav said the chief minister's statements reflect his mentality.

It is being discussed in UP's political circles that if BSP candidate wins the Rajya Sabha seat with the support of SP-led combined opposition, there are fair chances that Mayawati would support the SP candidate in Kairana.

The former chief minister also used the opportunity to lash out at UP CM Yogi Aditayanth and Prime Minister Narendra Modi, accusing the BJP of making false promises to people.

About SP-BSP alliance for 2019 Lok Sabha elections Yadav said this was time for celebrations. SP-BSP alliance was called a tie-up between snake and mole. "Mayawati had problems with Mulayam Singh Yadav but now that Akhilesh Yadav is in control of SP and like BJP works fine with Mehbooba Mufti in Jammu and Kashmir but couldn't with her father, the two archrivals can work together similarly", says a political observer.

Not contesting bypolls has been a BSP tradition and hence it did not contest Gorakhpur and Phulpur. "We have taken note of the developments and will sit back at the drawing board to find a way out of this challenge", he said. Even if there will be Modi wave like 2014 elections, still the saffron party will not be able to get more than 37 seats. "Its failure on farm loan waiver front and providing employment has been a cause of concern", said Akhilesh while speaking to media persons after poll results.

There are lessons galore for both victors and losers from the poll outcome. In contrast, the victor in Noorpur would get more than 3 years as an MLA. "If people in those areas are so angry with them, just imagine the situation when elections are held across the country", Yadav said.

A beleaguered Akhilesh had been finding himself on the backfoot ever since he assumed the SP leadership and his party faced a humiliating defeat in 2017 assembly elections.

He further accused the BJP of not respecting the law of the land and the Constitution.

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