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SP consolidates leads in Gorakhpur, Phulpur LS seats; BJP talks of redrawing strategy

Press Trust of India  |  Lucknow 

The today strengthened its grip over Uttar Pradesh's and seats with latest trends showing its candidates establishing sizeable leads over their nearest BJP rivals, indicating a stunning reversal for the state's ruling party.

The SP's electoral understanding with Mayawati's and tie-up with local satraps appeared to have paid dividends, prompting the BJP to speak of re-drawing its electoral strategy ahead of the 2019 polls.

In Gorakhpur, Yogi Adityanath's bastion, SP's Pravin Nishad was leading over BJP's Upendra Dutt Shukla by 26,446 votes at the end of the 21st round of counting, officials said.

In Phulpur, SP candidate was leading by 47,351 votes over BJP's Kaushalendra Singh Patel after 28 rounds of counting, they added.

Though there were still some rounds of counting left, the electorate, it seemed, had decided not to back the saffron party, political observers said.

The bypolls were necessitated after Adityanath vacated the seat and Deputy the seat following their election to the UP legislative council.

Maurya said the reasons for the party's performance would be reviewed and future planning done by taking stock of the social and other factors that came into play in the by-elections.

He said the margin of defeat was not that significant and added that the party would review what went wrong in its strategy.

"BJP had won the seat for the first time in 2014 but 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 campaigning by taking the BSP's help," he added.

and UP government spokesperson said his party would have to re-draw its electoral strategy following the new understanding between the SP and the BSP.

"We still have a year to go for the Lok Sabha polls. We can definitely review our strategy in the light of new political developments," he said.

Gorakhpur has long been considered a BJP stronghold with Adityanath representing the seat in the Lok Sabha five times. Before him, his mentor was from the seat.

Phulpur, once represented by the country's Jawaharlal Nehru, witnessed a saffron surge in the 2014 Lok Sabha election when Maurya won the seat.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Wed, March 14 2018. 16:45 IST
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