Unity among the non-BJP parties has played a key role. It is clear from the results that voters have a lot of anger towards the BJP and will vote for any non-BJP candidate who has more chances of winning. "But, he has not got down into nitty-gritties of administration in the state", pointed out a senior UP BJP leader.
The timing of the bypoll losses comes just four days before the Yogi government completes a year in office, for which the BJP had planned an elaborate celebration. They might have managed to be impressively successful and thoroughly embarrassed the BJP.
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"This showing has come as a silver lining for all the other parties and notwithstanding their inner contradictions their major concern of maintaining their political relevance which is under challenge will guide them to fall in line", Dixit said. As a top Congress leader underlined, "at Sonia Gandhi's dinner, the collective prayer was for the victory of the Samajwadi candidate, and not for the Congress nominee". "As far as, Congress is concerned, we are committed to re-building the party in UP, and it does not happen overnight".
If UP was a rude shock for the BJP, Bihar was a wake-up call too.
Samajwadi Party leader Naresh Uttam has written to the State Election Officer complaining that people and media were removed from the counting centre in Gorakhpur, where SP candidate Praveen Nishad is leading by over 26,446 votes in Gorakhpur over BJP at the end of 21st round of counting. No tactical mistake in fighting the two elections alone. Reacting to the poll debacle, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said it was because of "over confidence" and the last-minute alliance between the SP and BSP that led to the loss. Will SP's vote base elect BSP candidates?
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After having lost Gorakhpur and Phulpur constituencies in Uttar Pradesh, BJP spokesperson Dinesh Singh expressed his concern over the results. Gorakhpur constituency belongs to UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath. The Congress did not pull out when Mayawati declared support in the middle of the electioneering when the campaign was in full swing, he said.
It would, however, be premature to write off the BJP on the basis of the results of a few Lok Sabha and Assembly by-elections. Who else could be the alternative to BJP in Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh except the Congress, they asked.
With this comment, Mr Abdullah had also retweeted his tweet from March 2017, which read, "At this rate we might as well forget 2019 & start planning/hoping for 2024".
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The spike in violence in these states is a sharp contrast to reports from states such as Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh that appear to have succeeded in keeping the situation under check.