No 'direct' impact on Karnataka polls due to UP results: Parties

Some BJP leaders admitted that the loss in Gorakhpur rankled the party more than Phulpur which was won for the first time in 2014

The BJP on Wednesday lost the Uttar Pradesh Lok Sabha seats of Gorakhpur and Phulpur to the Samajwadi Party, the seats which had been vacated by UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and UP deputy CM Keshav Prasad Maurya respectively. At that time the BJP seemed unstoppable, and it is generally believed that anyone who wins Uttar Pradesh is likely to win the national election. It has been learnt that both SP and BSP have by and large arrived at a consesus on the seat sharing formula. The humiliating aspect was that Gorakhpur had earlier been held many times by Uttar Pradesh chief-minister Yogi Adityanath who quit as M.P. past year soon after the BJP's victory in U.P. Assembly polls to become the State's chief-minister.

The Shah-Bansal duo made a decision to nominate candidates of their choice putting the burden on Yogi and Keshav Prasad Maurya to retain their seats of Gorakhpur and Phulpur respectively.

As a part of the last-minute partnership, Mayawati did not field candidates in Gorakhpur and Phulpur.

He also highly praised the youth workers of the party for their work in the bypolls.

In view of SP-BSP's possible alliance, caste will be the main theme in the electoral battle for UP's 80 Lok Sabha seats, in 2019. The only consolation that the BJP can take at the moment is the drubbing of the Congress in UP, where the candidates of grand old party lost their deposits.

In the Phulpur constituency, which was once represented by first Prime Minister Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, SP candidate Nagendra Pratap Singh Patel defeated BJP candidate Kaushalendra Singh by a margin of 59,613 votes.

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During the media event of India News, Yogi Adityanath stressed how his government has tried to change things in the state in past one year.

Congress spokesman Randeep Singh Surjewala said it was ready to lead any alliance of regional groups and could discuss such plans in a party conference this weekend. 2019 is not too far and the fructification of anti-BJP front, a coalition vs the BJP appears to be inevitable.

"Our ties are good with everyone", he said, commenting on the BSP's support to the Samajwadi Party in the Uttar Pradesh by-polls. Over-confidence indeed did him in as did the tenaciousness of rivals Akhilesh Yadav and Mayawati. The BJP's worst fear is to see the Yadav (OBC)-Jatav (oppressed)-Muslim votes consolidate behind such an alliance.

"People of Andhra Pradesh have now realised that the TDP is resorting to lies to cover up its inept governance", said BJP spokesman G.V.L.N. Rao. For instance, the construction sector is paralysed, but Yogi took his own time to understand the issue of short supply of raw materials.

However Raut remained non committal on whether the BJP will tie up with the Sena after the polls.

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