After BJP's shocking defeat in the bypolls of two prestigious Lok Sabha seats in Uttar Pradesh, including the one earlier held by chief minister Yogi Adiyanath, BJP corridor are abuzz with rumours that the poll verdict was the result of the "Noida jinx".
Sayeed said that the defeat handed out to the BJP by the Samajwadi Party-Bahujan Samaj Party combine in the Lok Sabha by-election in Gorakhpur in what was seemingly a pocket borough of Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has sent shock waves down the spine of the BJP bosses. Yogi Adityanath was a five time MP from the constituency before become the Chief Minister.
The party has advised the BJP that the party has to contest the election in India and not in Russia, Canada, France, America and Israel. But in July 2017, Nitish walked out of an alliance with the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) and Congress to tie up with the BJP once again. However, this will conclusively change or alter the outcome of the 2019 election, I fear nobody can say at this point, she said.
The district level meeting to kick off programmes starts on Thursday with leaders going to all the districts to hold workshops and meetings of the party workers.
The by-poll results of Uttar Pradesh and Bihar have come as a big worry for the BJP because the two states together account for almost 120 of the total of 543 Lok Sabha seats. BJP won Phulphur Lok Sabha seat for the first time in 2014 when (now) Deputy CM Keshav Prasad Maurya won by a margin of over three lakh votes.
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Congress, which is trying for a broad opposition unity, had put up its candidates in the two constituencies, but its candidates lost badly. Yadav, whose party wrested both the high-profile seats from the ruling BJP with BSP's backing, claimed the victory margin of his candidates would have been larger, had paper ballots been used.
The regional forces are not convinced that Rahul Gandhi has the capability to lead an anti-BJP alliance and the ongoing effort to form a third front is essentially aimed at denying the leadership of a future opposition alliance to the Nehru-Gandhi scion.
It was a direct fight between the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance and the Grand Alliance of the RJD-Congress in Bihar, a year ahead of the next Lok Sabha battle. "People in UP want that Mayawati and Akhilesh Yadav should contest together and Congress too should be a part of it", Yadav told reporters on Wednesday.