Why Gorakhpur Spurned Adityanath And The Influence Of His Temple

15 March, 2018, 06:19 | Author: Bert Pena
  • The Bharatiya Janata Party seems to be facing an unexpected setback in Uttar Pradesh with both Lok Sabha seats seeing leads for the opposition

Taking to social media, Gandhi said the people will vote for the non-BJP candidate who has the strongest chance of winning.

"The Congress is keen on rebuilding the party in Uttar Pradesh, but that will not happen overnight", he added. In Phulpur SP candidate Nagendra Pratap Singh Patel registered an astonishing victory with a margin of over 59613 votes over Kaushalendra Singh Patel.

Meanwhile, in the Gorakhpur by-poll, SP candidate Pravin Nishad is firmly in the driving seat with a lead of 22,954 votes, according to latest trends.

With the original Grand Alliance unraveled after the JD-U deserted it in favor of the BJP, there was a lot at stake for everyone in the by-elections: the RJD, JD-U, BJP and Congress.

"This result also reflects the problem with our country", said Jha, explaining how people of Uttar Pradesh supported BJP consecutively in Lok Sabha and Assembly elections, but voted it out now as the state government, and prominently their MPs failed to stand true to their expectations. "Maybe our over-confidence led to this loss", said Yogi.

Counting has begun for the recently held Lok Sabha and assembly bypolls in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar. In Phulpur, it had polled just over 5 lakh votes, while the SP and BSP between them had got a little under 3.6 lakh votes.

In Gorakhpur, Samajwadi Party candidate Praveen Kumar Nishad is leading by more than 10,000 votes.

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The SP has been the runner-up for Gorakhpur seat many times before, while it has won the Phulpur seat four times since 1996.

Losing Gorakhpur is a huge setback for BJP as it had been a saffron citadel of sorts with Adityanath representing the constituency in the Parliament five times, after three terms of his guru Avaidyanath as MP, said Jha.

In Bihar, after the BJP willfully sent Lalu Prasad Yadav to jail, as he had reportedly refused to join hands with the party and was serious about bringing all opposition parties together against the BJP, the bypolls reveal that his son Tejasvi Prasad Yadav succeeded in emerging as a potential leader to challenge the BJP.

Well, according to Telugu Desam Party legislator G V Anjaneyulu, the BJP had paid a very heavy price in Gorakhpur for betraying the people of Andhra Pradesh by denying special category status to their state. Both the UP seats were won by a new partnership between the Samajwadi Party and the BSP, who have buried an intense rivalry of two decades.

What also does not bode well for BJP in 2019 so far as temple politics is concerned is that the electorate in Gorakhpur not only rejected Adityanath, but also broke a long tradition of voting the head of the Gorakhdham Math since 1989.

The BJP also lost the Araria Lok Sabha constituency and the Jehanabad assembly seat while scoring a consolation win in Bhabhua assembly seat in Bihar. Discontent among BJP's supporters can be gauged by the fact that voter turnout in urban assembly segments like Allahabad North (21.65%) and Allahabad West (31%) of Phulpur, and Gorakhpur City (33%) of Gorakhpur was lower than in rural segments.

The RJD retained the Jehanabad Assembly seat, with its nominee Suday Yadav defeating his JD (U) rival Abhiram Sharma by more than 30,000 votes. He criticisedSamajwadiParty, BSP, Congress and RLD for not having any clear policy.


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