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UP Lok Sabha bypolls: BJP banks on Modi-Yogi factor, Oppn on

Press Trust of India  |  Lucknow 

With a month left for the and bypolls, the BJP is banking on "achievements of the Modi and Yogi governments" to retain the two seats while the Opposition is counting on the "failures of the government" to wrest them from it.

The BJP is counting on the "achievements of the Narendra Modi-led government at the Centre and Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath," to gain electoral success even as the has said it will highlight the "failures of the state government" before the people.

Meanwhile, the of Opposition in the UP Assembly, Ram Govind Chaudhary, today told reporters in that the SP will contest the bye-elections on its own and ruled out alliance with any other political party for the bypolls.

"The party will contest the bye-elections in the state on its own party symbol and will not go for alliance with any party," Chaudhary told reporters.

and constituencies were vacated by Adityanath and his deputy Keshav Prasad Maurya respectively, after they became members of the

The bypolls will also be a test for the after its impressive performance in polls in December and more recently in bye-elections in

For the BJP, Gorakhpur assumes significance as it is the bastion of UP Yogi Adityanath, who has represented it in five times. Prior to Adityanath, Gorakhpur was represented in the Parliament by his mentor Avaidyanath three times.

Phulpur, on the other hand, which was once the bastion of the Congress, and represented by Jawaharlal Nehru, for the first time witnessed a saffron surge in 2014 Lok Sabha elections, when Maurya emerged victorious.

The Lok Sabha bypolls are considered to be the first major battle of ballot, after the BJP stormed to power in UP in 2017 Assembly elections, bagging 325 out of 403 Assembly seats along with its allies.

The had on Friday (February 9) announced that the bypolls on the seats will be held on March 11.

"The BJP is always ready for elections. We are a cadre- based party. I am confident that the party will improve its winning margin," told

Exuding confidence that the BJP will sweep the bypolls, Tripathi said, "March 11 is a significant date for us, as it was on this day last year that the BJP and its allies had bagged 325 out of the 403 Assembly seats in UP. Then (in 2017) we had banked on the performance of only. Now, we have the achievements of Yogi and Modi governments (to show to the people)."

Taking a jibe at the and the SP, he said, "The two opposition parties had forged a pre-poll alliance to contest the Assembly polls. Now, the Opposition is virtually scattered. When they could not damage the BJP unitedly then how can they damage (the BJP) by contesting individually."

However, the Congress claimed that an atmosphere of fear is prevailing in UP, and it will highlight failures of the government before the people.

"We will contest from both parliamentary constituencies. The UP government has failed miserably on the law and order front. An atmosphere of fear is prevailing across the state. The problems are far from being resolved," said.

Accusing the BJP of "not fulfilling" its poll promises, the said that voters will punish the BJP.

"We are confident that people of UP will teach the BJP a lesson for making false promises during the last election and not fulfilling them," SP said.

"We are ready for polls. We are going to contest strongly on both the seats on our own strength."

Sajan also claimed that public mood was not favourable for the BJP-led because of the and order situation.

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First Published: Sun, February 11 2018. 20:40 IST