UP by-polls result: Twitter pundits on BJP's embarrassing defeat in Adityanath's turf

'When your CM and deputy CM lose from their home LS seats, no amount of spin can mask the reality.'

 |  4-minute read |   14-03-2018
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Having recently won a spectacular victory in the Tripura Assembly polls — which many dubbed the beginning of a saffron wave in the northeast — the Bharatiya Janata Party’s sorry show in today's Uttar Pradesh by-polls serves as not only a shocker, but also a reminder for the ruling party that change alone is constant. Once again, the BJP has learnt that an alliance united against it can throw a spanner in the works.

This time, a temporary Samajwadi Party and Bahujan Samaj Party coalition has paid off; they successfully managed to shake BJP’s strong footing in Uttar Pradesh, a state where the BJP won a landslide victory in 2017. SP's Nagendra Pratap Singh Patel won Phulpur (a seat vacated by deputy chief minister Keshav Prasad Maurya) with a margin of more than 59,000 votes defeating his nearest rival Kaushlendra Singh Patel of the BJP.  

The bigger loss for BJP, however, came in the form of Gorakhpur — CM Yogi Adityanath’s recently vacated seat — where SP’s Praveen Nishad defeated BJP's Upendra Dutt Shukla by 21,881 votes.

Is this by-poll indicative of a shift? Here’s what the political pundits on Twitter have to say:











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