In Bihar, too, despite having faced a humiliating loss in 2014, the JD (U)-RJD coalition had posted a convincing win against the saffron party in the 2015 assembly elections before Nitish Kumar broke away to form a government with the support of the BJP. If the alliance between Bua and Bauba remains alive, it will pose a major challenge to the saffron party.
"Amidst all this, it is clear now, that in 2019, the BJP's numbers will not be 280, but it will plummet by at least 100-110 seats". Political analysts cite a number of reasons including selection of "wrong" candidates in both the constituencies. "There was no division of votes and the BJP could not benefit from such a split".
Akali Dal senior MP Naresh Gujral said, "the government can still get the TDP back if the BJP leadership considers the demands of Chandrababu Naidu".
ALSO READ | TDP quits NDA: Should BJP worry about the new arithmetic? Any opponent of the party was promptly placed in the anti-national or anti-Hindu category and told to go to Pakistan if he favoured the consumption of beef.
BJP will have to think why their workers were not "charged" this time. Already, his detractors are attributing the defeat to the fact that Thakurs/Rajputs - the caste to which he belongs - are the dominant caste in the government, and officers from this caste are getting favoured over others in the state. "The BJP can not complain about these two seats because both the state government and centre is under BJP rule". The grand old party may also rethink its strategy about what role it should play in states where it is not a dominant force. The BJP had gone to town calling the alliance between SP and BSP opportunistic but apparently failed to convince voters to rally behind it and ultimately lost the plot and by-elections. Both were keen to stop BJP's wining streak. And yet, it has been defeated in a string of LokSabha and Assembly bypolls in which its candidates were in direct contest with the winners.
Meanwhile, as BSP supremo Mayawati led the opposition charge urging people not to let the BJP to come to power again at the Centre, Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav indicated his party was keen on burying the hatchet with the former, saying sometimes "past incidents have to be forgotten".
"It's due to the hard work by Akhilesh and party workers that we have won". Gorakhpur was considered a bastion of Adityanath.
The reaction against the BJP's hauteur was slow to take shape presumably because the people, especially youngsters, retained their faith in the Prime Minister's "Sabka saath, sabka vikas" or development for all promise.