After Bhartiya Janata Party's defeat in by-elections for the Gorakhpur and Phulpur parliament seats, Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath on Wednesday acknowledged party's defeat by saying that BJP has "paid for its overconfidence".
SP's Nagendra Pratap Singh Patel secured 3,42,756 seats and defeated the BJP's Kaushalendra Singh Patel by a margin of 59,613 votes.
In a stunning victory, Samajwadi Party (SP) bagged Gorakhpur and Phulpur Lok Sabha seats in Uttarpradesh. 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.
In Bihar's Araria Lok Sabha Constituency, RJD Candidate Sarafaraz Alam, who got 5,09,334 votes, beat BJP rival Pradeep Singh with a margin of 61,988 votes.
Speaking to the news agency, ANI, Maurya said, "We will analyze after the final results".
As the speaker said that the issue can not be raised in this manner, the opposition including SP, BSP as well as Congress members marched into the well of the house raising slogans, "Lok tantra ki hatyari sarkar nahi chalegi", "Vote Ki dhandali band karo". What still works in BJP's favour is its formidable electoral machinery, many foot soldiers and the fragmented character of the opposition.
BJP leads in Araria and Gorakhpur, trails in Phulpur.
Counting has begun for the recently held Lok Sabha and assembly bypolls in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar.
"This result also reflects the problem with our country", said Jha, explaining how people of Uttar Pradesh supported BJP consecutively in Lok Sabha and Assembly elections, but voted it out now as the state government, and prominently their MPs failed to stand true to their expectations.
The victory has also come in as a major boost for the cadres of the SP and BSP.
Congress said that the BJP now had 271 members, minus the two rebel MPs, Kirti Azad and Shatrughan Sinha. Maurya alleged that while BSP-SP announced support, even Congress, which had fielded its candidates gave indirect support to the SP candidate.
Particularly the loss in Gorakhpur, which was represented six times by chief minister Yogi Adityanath, was very huge for the BJP.
RJD workers beat drums and raised slogans hailing party chief Lalu Prasad Yadav, who is in jail for corruption, and his son Tejashwi Yadav, who asked opposition leaders to join hands at the national level to take on the BJP in the 2019 Lok Sabha battle.
Rahul's statement thus obliquely underlined the significance of coming together of all anti-BJP parties under the leadership of a "winnable" party in a particular constituency or belt.