After BJP’s performance in the by-elections for three Lok Sabha seats in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar, Congress Chief Rahul Gandhi said that results prove the “electorate is very angry against the BJP and will vote for the non-BJP candidates”.
“The Congress will look forward to ‘navnirman’ in Uttar Pradesh, it won’t happen overnight,” he added.
The Congress chief in a tweet congratulated the winners and opined that the trend will continue.
आज के उपचुनावों में जीतने वाले उम्मीदवारों को बधाई।
नतीजों से स्पष्ट है कि मतदाताओं में भाजपा के प्रति बहुत क्रोध है और वो उस गैर भाजपाई उम्मीदवार के लिए वोट करेंगे जिसके जीतने की संभावना सबसे ज़्यादा हो।
कांग्रेस यूपी में नवनिर्माण के लिए तत्पर है, ये रातों रात नहीं होगा।
— Office of RG (@OfficeOfRG) March 14, 2018
In a major blow to the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), the Samajwadi Party (SP) has taken a substantial lead in Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath’s bastion Gorakhpur.
As per latest trends, the SP’s Praveen Kumar Nishad was leading over BJP’s Upendra Dutt Shukla in Gorakhpur.
In Phulpur, SP’s candidate Nagendra Singh Patel was elected to the Lok Sabha, defeating his nearest BJP opponent by 59,613 votes, according to Election Commission.
Gorakhpur is significant for the BJP as it is the stronghold of the chief minister, who represented the seat in the Lok Sabha five times. Prior to Adityanath, the seat was thrice represented in Parliament by his mentor, Yogi Avaidyanath.
Phulpur, once represented by the country’s first prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru, witnessed a saffron surge in the 2014 Lok Sabha election when Maurya won the seat.
The Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) has won Jehanabad Assembly constituency, while according to latest trends, the party is leading in Araria Lok Sabha seat.
The RJD candidate Suday Yadav has won the Jehanabad Assembly seat.
While the BJP’s candidate Rinki Rani Pandey has wrested the Bhabhua Assembly seat by defeating her Congress rival Shambhu Singh Patel.
According to latest data, RJD’s candidate Sarfaraz Alam from Araria Lok Sabha seat is leading over BJP’s Pradip Kumar Singh.
(With agency inputs)