Akhilesh meets Mayawati after Samajwadi Party's victory in bypolls

Toon by Manjul

Toon by Manjul

After BJP's shocking defeat in the bypolls of two prestigious Lok Sabha seats in Uttar Pradesh, including the one earlier held by chief minister Yogi Adiyanath, BJP corridor are abuzz with rumours that the poll verdict was the result of the "Noida jinx".

However, the Sena forsees a change in the parliamentary strength of the BJP and the Congress after the general elections next year.

His predecessors had avoided visiting Noida apparently over the rumour that any chief minister who visits the township loses power and does not come back to assume the office again. Both the UP seats were won by a new partnership between the Samajwadi Party and the BSP, who have buried an intense rivalry of two decades.

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The Shiv Sena, sources said, considered the no-trust motions "a non-serious move", a result of "upmanship" between TDP and YSR Congress Party over Andhra politics. It had relied heavily on OBCs in the assembly elections, and the OBC votes had played a crucial role in BJP's victory.

SP's Pravin Nishad defeated BJP's Upendra Dutt Shukla by 21,961 votes in Gorakhpur, the seat which was with the party since 1989, while Nagendra Pratap Singh Patel of SP clinched the Phulpur seat drubbing the saffron party's Kaushalendra Singh Patel by 59,460 votes.

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For a considerable length of time, lower and in reverse stations in Uttar Pradesh have felt unreliable about the conspicuousness given to upper ranks - Adityanath is a Thakur, for instance, only one step lower than a Brahmin in the standing chain of importance.

The BJP's troubles with its regional partners come at a time opposition parties are trying to band together ahead of next year's election.

He was replying to a question whether the SP will tie up with the Congress in the next Lok Sabha elections.

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The defeat of BJP candidates in Gorakhpur and Phulpur, which the party had won by over three lakh votes in 2014, is being explained by the party as unexpected. Seven seats had gone to Lalu Yadav's RJD-Congress-NCP combine. The SP has interpreted the result as a mandate against the BJP, which withdrew numerous welfare schemes the Akhilesh Yadav government had initiated. What is more alarming for the BJP is that the ruling party ended up losing on seven occasions. The BJP's alliance partner in U.P.is Apna Dal, a Kurmi party; yet the SP's Kurmi candidate defeated the BJP's Kurmi candidate in Phulpur. Congress president Rahul Gandhi said that results of bypolls have made it clear that voters would vote for those parties which have the potential to defeat the BJP.

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