Yogi Adityanath, Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh seemed to have been taken by complete surprise, as he conceded BJP’s defeat in the two cities saying, “We accept the verdict of the people, this result is unexpected, we will review the shortcomings. I congratulate the winning candidates.”
— ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) March 14, 2018
As a matter of fact, it was rather his party’s defeat than Samajwadi Party’s win that took him by surprise considering that he has been winning for five consecutive terms (in 1998, 1999, 2004, 2009 and 2014 elections) at a stretch from the very two same regions, thus making his party’s win in the state so far an unperturbed one.
The bypolls in the state of Uttar Pradesh were conducted on two seats of Phulpur and Gorakhpur were held after Deputy CM Keshav Maurya and CM Yogi Aditynath had left their seats there.
Targeting the BJP government in a heated fashion, Congress President Rahul Gandhi said that the votes against the BJP depict people’s fury against the ruling government over there. He took to Twitter, the micro-blogging site, to target the ruling party saying, “Congratulations to the candidates who have won in the bypolls. The results have revealed that people are angry with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and they will vote for a candidate who has more chances to win the elections. His tweet further said, “The Congress party is ready to rebuilt Uttar Pradesh and this will not happen overnight.”
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।
— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) March 14, 2018
Moreover, it was reportedly said earlier that in a quest to defeat the BJP, Samajwadi Party and BSP made a decision to help each other so as to ensure that the BJP should not see a winning streak in the bypoll elections. Nonetheless, rubbishing all such rumours BSP party chief Mayawati said that all the speculations surrounding the alliance of SP and BSP are completely baseless and false. “Our party members will exercise their vote to defeat BJP candidate”, she said.