It could be said that in 2014, there was a huge "wave" of popularity and water had blocked the eyes and ears of the masses, leading to (BJP's) victory, but, now the wave has receded and people can "see" everything clearly, the edit said. In absence of Lalu Yadav, who is behind bars in connection with two fodder scam cases, his son and leader of the opposition Tejashwi Yadav spearheaded RJD's poll campaign in Bihar bypolls. In Phulpur too, the SP candidate, Nagendra Singh Patel, defeated its nearest rival Kaushlendra Singh Patel of BJP. What about Naresh Agrawal, who was inducted in BJP with such fanfare? But the alliance fell apart and the Janata Dal (United) returned to its old ally, the BJP. "When we (UPA) were in power, it was mandatory that if a farmer is in distress, we will bring them out of it", he said. The CM also ruled out speculations on possible reshuffle in his council of ministers. The state elections in Gujarat earlier this year, where Modi hails from, saw the Congress put up a robust fight and come close to ending almost 22 years of BJP rule.
The BJP is now blaming "poor voter turnout", "lack of enthusiasm" or "a deal between the Samajwadi Party with Bahujan Samaj Party" for its rout in the two critical seats in Uttar Pradesh. "It clearly shows that the Opposition knows it can not win". "I don't think the by-election results are a referendum on Yogi's government", he said. The sources said that Gandhi met Pawar at the latter's residence last night but no details were available. Today, the SP and BSP have created an alliance.
The result of the by-elections came as anti-BJP parties joined hands to firm up a bigger anti-BJP alliance in the run up to national elections in 2019 when Modi seeks a second consecutive term in office. The Congress has therefore lost its bargaining chip in UP when the SP-BSP combine will contest majority of the seats.
Wednesday, in a scene which seemed unimaginable only till the recent past, Yadav had rushed to the residence of the Mayawati shortly after his candidates emerged victorious and thanked her.
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"Our government has accelerated the speed of development, provided power to every nook and corner of the state and ensured security to the people", he said. The RJD registered emphatic victories in Araria Lok Sabha and Jehanabad assembly seats. In short, from these two parliamentary seats, BJP won only four assembly segments out of ten. The euphoria over BJP's successful march into India's northeastern states had barely dissipated when the results of a couple of by-elections in Uttar Pradesh were declared on March 14.
These OBC parties massively cut into the votes of the Opposition making the BJP's win easier in much of eastern UP.
Obviously, the BJP's vulnerability when the elections are fought on the local issues is quite evident. "What happened yesterday will impact the general elections", Malik, a former Maharashtra minister, said in Mumbai.
Predicting a massive rout for PM Modi in the general elections scheduled next year, Sena said the BJP, which won 282 seats in 2014, would be restricted to 100-110 constituencies in 2019.