BJP sinks in UP, Bihar by-polls

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Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Wednesday chided his Uttar Pradesh counterpart Yogi Adityanath on Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) performance in the by-elections there, by advising him to spend less time "lecturing" Karnataka on development.

In Bihar, Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) retained the Araria Lok Sabha seat where its nominee Sarfaraz Alam beat BJP's Pradeep Kumar Singh by over 60,000 votes.

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Chirag Paswan, an Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) MP and son of Union minister Ramvilas Paswan, said that allies were upset and if it is not addressed, the Lok Sabha polls could be a hard game.

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The Shah-Bansal duo made a decision to nominate candidates of their choice putting the burden on Yogi and Keshav Prasad Maurya to retain their seats of Gorakhpur and Phulpur respectively.

Now, the Uttar Pradesh by-polls have provided resounding confirmation of the slide in the party's fortunes in mainland India. The BJP was defeated in Araria though it succeeded in winning Bhabhua assembly seat.

"An SP-BSP alliance in the 2019 General Elections could prove to be a turning point if it continues till then".

After the bypolls, Congress, the single-largest Opposition party in Lok Sabha, increased its strength from 44 to 48 seats.

For a considerable length of time, lower and in reverse stations in Uttar Pradesh have felt unreliable about the conspicuousness given to upper ranks - Adityanath is a Thakur, for instance, only one step lower than a Brahmin in the standing chain of importance.

Yes. And, knowing how Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah function, it would be wrong to say they won't be anxious.

Sena MP Sanjay Raut claimed the BJP had suffered reverses in bypolls in UP because of SP leader Naresh Agrawal's induction into the party.

Undeterred by the loss in the two Lok Sabha by-polls the state unit of BJP is all geared up to celebrate first anniversary of Yogi Government in a style during which the party leaders and workers will highlight achievements of the government. Yet he pulled it off in the face of the NDA that rules in both the state and the Centre. Seven seats had gone to Lalu Yadav's RJD-Congress-NCP combine. "I don't consider that the SP-BSP tie up has worked".

In Uttar Pradesh particularly, the Congress has much to worry about now that it stands isolated by the partnership of Akhilesh Yadav and Mayawati.

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