Gorakhpur made BJP realise even this can happen: Rajnath Singh
Gorakhpur made BJP realise even this can happen: Rajnath Singh
He commented recently that everyone “cheats a little” and that even he has done
17 March, 2018, 21:03
Since he became Chief Minister he had showered the constituency with projects of various types.
The electoral loss in Uttar Pradesh comes at a time when the state government under the BJP is poised to complete one year in office on 19 March.
In 2014, BJP had won both the seats with over 3 lakh vote margin. As the BJP earlier lost byelections in Rajasthan owing to the growing unpopularity of the BJP government in the state, but the central leadership, which always takes the credit for victories, can not escape responsibility for the losses.
Even in Bihar, Nitish Kumar and Sushil Modi could not defeat Lalu Prasad Yadav.
Adityanath had cited overconfidence and failure to realise the importance of the pre-poll understanding between Samajwadi Party and BSP as the reasons for the defeat.
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The party has advised the BJP that the party has to contest the election in India and not in Russia, Canada, France, America and Israel. But this time, the SP and BSP brushed aside their long mutual hostility and joined hands to defeat the BJP in Gorakhpur and Phulpur. While the Modi-Shah duo might think this is necessary to enforce internal party discipline and maintain uniformity in campaign messaging, the top down approach also makes it hard to discern signals coming from ground level.
Claiming that the BJP is ready to learn a lesson from the bypoll loss, Adityanath said the party will bounce back by winning all 80 seats in 2019 Lok Sabha elections. They have lost nearly all the by-elections.
Adityanath added that the BJP government has been working tirelessly to change the image of Uttar Pradesh and transform it into one of the most developed states of the country.
The district level meeting to kick off programmes starts on Thursday with leaders going to all the districts to hold workshops and meetings of the party workers. A good performance by the BJP in the two states is critical to its prospects of returning to power in 2019. If they succeed, the BJP's chances of repeating 2014 in the next general election are dim. Mocking the Congress over celebrating the bypoll results, Shah said it was hilarious that the party, whose candidates lost deposit on both the seats, was in a jubilant mood.
The party also neatly divided the people into "Ramzade" (children of the Hindu god, Ram) and "haramzade" or illegitimate children, as the Union minister, Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti, so eloquently put it.
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