In a rude jolt for Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, the SP-BSP alliance won the bypolls in his bastion Gorakhpur on Wednesday.The regional arch rivals that especially came together for the Lok Sabha bypolls proved to be a winning combination.The SP-BSP alliance has won both Phulpur and Gorakhpur seats.In his first reaction after the verdict, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said that, ‘we accept the verdict of the people, this result is unexpected, we will review the shortcomings.’He also congratulated the winning candidates.Also readUttar Pradesh bypoll results 2018: BSP chief Mayawati’s masterstroke stuns BJPHowever, for those who were viewing the local results as a precursor to the trends for upcoming Lok Sabha elections, CM Yogi said that the General Elections are fought on national issues. He also said that when teh public votes for General Elections, they see bigger issues. At that time, the local issues are diluted.He also said that in 2019, people will look at the work done by the Narendra Modi government.Also read’Beginning of end has started’: Mamata Banerjee reacts to UP bypoll resultsReacting on the SP-BSP alliance, he said that this was political opportunism. Earlier in the day, the BJP said today it will go back to the drawing board and revisit its strategy ahead of the general elections next year especially with the SP and BSP drawing closer.Also readBua-Bhatija Zindaband chants resonate in UP after SP-BSP alliance looks set to pull off shock bypoll wins”We had not seen the Samajwadi Party and BSP coming together but since we have come to know of this now…and though there is still a long time (ahead of the polls)…we will redraw our strategy keeping this factor in mind,” senior minister is the Yogi Adityanath government, Sidharth Nath Singh, said stressing that those who wanted development were still with the saffron party.He said the party was only attacking the SP during the poll campaign.”As we had not thought about the coming together of SP and BSP, it was not part of our strategy and we were attacking only the SP. BSP was not in the poll fray. We also got less time to counter it,” Singh said.Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya said the reasons of the unsatisfactory performance will be reviewed and stock taking of the social and other factors that came into play in these polls would be done.”BJP had won the Phulpur seat for the first time in 2014 but Gorakhpur has been with the party since long…We will have to see where the social factors went against us or where the workers did not work as hard as expected of them,” Maurya said.We will sit and find a way to deal with the challenge that they (SP) posed later in the campaign taking the help of BSP, Maurya said.(With PTI input)
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