The bypolls were necessitated after Adityanath and his Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya vacated the Gorakhpur and Phulpur Lok Sabha seats respectively, following their election to the state legislative council.
In Gorakhpur, the urban assembly segment, which includes the Gorakhnath Mutt of which chief minister Yogi Adityanath is the head priest, recorded the lowest turnout of 37.76 per cent among all the five that make up the Lok Sabha constituency. However, within just a year, the political situation seems to have changed completely as BJP is on the verge of losing Gorakhpur, Phulpur - the seats of the Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and Deputy CM Sushil Modi. In Phulpur, SP candidate Nagendra Pratap Singh Patel registered a thumping win against BJP's Kaushlendra Singh Patel by a margin of 59,460 votes. The SP candidate from Phulpur was ahead of BJP candidate Kaushalendra Patel.
Supporters of Samajwadi Party (SP) in Gorakhpur on Wednesday. The victory of the alliance has sent alarm bells ringing in the BJP headquarters, and Amit Shah and other top leaders including Narendra #Modi are meeting to take stock of the situation.
In Gorakhpur, where SP had given the ticket to Nishad-community leader Praveen Nishad, the flags of BSP were waiving all over following his victory against the BJP.
However, according to the Lok Sabha secretariat, the BJP has 274 members and the party needs 272 MPs for a simple majority on its own. The loss was to a rejuvenated alliance between the Bahujan Samaj Party and the Samajwadi Party. "The way they have demolished the law and order situation in Uttar Pradesh, I think, people have given them the answer", said Yadav. "Thank you for giving people the promise of a better future after 2019", he said. The by-poll losses would dent his image, particularly Gorakhpur, his well nurtured and nourished constituency which he has won for past five consecutive terms. The results in both states triggered calls for a Grand Alliance - a la Bihar - all across India to take on the BJP in the next Lok Sabha polls. 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.
"Now that they are a winning combination, the BJP will chalk out a strategy to thwart the march of the people who are out to block the development ushered in by the BJP governments at the Centre and in the state". Congress's Sunil Singh Jakhar, son of former Lok Sabha speaker Balram Jakhar, defeated BJP's Swaran Solaria in the constituency by over 1.90 lakh votes. "And they would teach a fitting lesson to the BJP in the assembly elections", he warned.