Lucknow: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said on Wednesday evening that the BJP, which has lost key by-elections in Gorakhpur and Phulpur, two parliament seats it held, “failed to understand the significance” of a partnership scripted by the Samajwadi Party and Mayawati’s Bahujan Samaj Party.
It was “overconfidence,” the Chief Minister said, also stating that his party will study why it lost and prepare a new strategy. It is a massive setback; the two seats the BJP lost today were vacated By Yogi Adityanath and his deputy Keshav Maurya last year. In by-elections in Bihar’s Araria parliament seat, the BJP is trailing Lalu Yadav’s RJD, which held the seat.
Keshav Prasad Maurya, conceded that his party was ambushed by bitter rivals Akhilesh Yadav and Mayawati joining forces in an unusual experiment ahead of the 2019 national election.
“We didn’t expect that the BSP’s vote will be transferred to SP in such a manner,” said Keshav Maurya, acknowledging his party’s defeat even before the results were declared.
The BJP has held Gorakhpur since 1989. Phulpur was important for the BJP as it won the seat for the first time in 2014. It was represented by India’s first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru and later became a BSP stronghold.