Published: Thu, March 15, 2018
Global Media | By Derrick Guzman

SP-BSP alliance may be a game changer in 2019

SP-BSP alliance may be a game changer in 2019

It is clear from the results that people are extremely angry towards the BJP. It's an ideal situation for the Rahul Gandhi-led Congress to reinvent itself, first in the forthcoming Karnataka elections and then in Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh this year-end. SP candidate Pravin Kumar Nishad got 456,437 votes while the BJP's Upendra Dutt Shukla secured 4,34,476 votes.

While Phulpur was seen as a close contest after the two regional rivals joined forces, BJP was expected to retain Gorakhpur, where the saffron party has been in power since 1991.

This success for the new parivar of bua, bhanja and chacha - the former UP CM calls the BSP supremo bua (paternal aunt), placing her on the same pedestal as chacha (paternal uncle) Ram Gopal for nephew Akhilesh-now sets it up as a new potential alliance that may pose a serious challenge to the BJP all over Uttar Pradesh in 2019.

"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. No wonder Yogi Adityanath, dubbed the "strongman of Gorakpur", could no better than come up with the lame excuse that the setback was the result of the unofficial SP-BSP alliance. The division of the opposition votes that helped the BJP in the past may not happen in 2019 from the way the opposition parties are proceeding to strike a grand alliance, keeping aside their differences in the states. The loss of all three Lok Sabha by-elections - two in UP and one in Bihar - has punctured the euphoria in the BJP over the stunning win in Tripura and creditable show in two other north eastern states recently.

"The SP and BSP coming together has helped the voters express their anger against the BJP governments in Uttar Pradesh and at the Centre. We will definitely find out the reasons behind the defeat of the BJP candidates". "The over-confidence and inability to understand the electoral understanding between the SP and the BSP led to the defeat", he stressed. The applicant in Gorakhpur, his home turf, was a Brahmin. It has lost all 10 Lok Sabha by-elections in these two years-Amritsar, Srinagar, Malappuram, Gurdaspur, Ajmer, Alwar, Uluberia, Gorakhpur, Phulpur and Araria.

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.

That question had seemed surprising, even ridiculous, at the time, given Mayawati's widely known hatred of SP after the infamous incident in June 1995 when the BSP leader was forced to spend hours in a guesthouse while SP goons threatened her from outside.

Samajwadi Party celebrated its second ' Holi' within a fortnight. Turnout in Gorakhpur was 47.45 per cent while that in Phulpur was 37.39 per cent in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections. "It is a lesson for all progressive parties... who do not make false promises, who do not divide the people in the name of region and religion... to come together", he said. The Congress and BSP drew a blank.

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