14 March, Lucknow
Uttar Pradesh chief minister and five time MP from Gorakhpur Yogi Adityanath has conceded defeat saying “the BJP lost the by-election to both the Lok Sabha seats due to the `Ati Atmvishwas (over confidence).
“The defeat is stunning. The party will analyse the reasons of defeat. It appears that the overconfidence may have cost the party the two Lok Sabha seats. The party will review the whole matter so as to improve our performance in 2019 Lok Sabha elections”, said Yogi Adityanath here on Wednesday.
Adityanath also said the BJP failed to preempt and prepare for the opportunistic and incompatible marriage of Samajwadi Party and Bahujan Samaj Party in the elections.
“Yeh BSP-SP ka Jo rajnitik saudebaazi, desh ke vikas ko baadhit karne ke liye bani hai, iske baare mein hum apni rann neeti tayaar karenge (This political bargaining between BSP and SP has been made to derail the development of the country. We will now prepare a strategy to counter them),” he commented on the SP-BSP alliance in this by polls.
On the peoples mandate chief minister said “We accept the verdict of the people, this result is unexpected, we will review the shortcomings. I congratulate the winning candidates and I am confident that the winning candidates would make their contribution in the development of the state”.
On the SPBSP tie up, Yogi Adityanath said “Till the announcement of the candidate the SP, BSP and the Congress were to contest the by polls for the two Lok Sabha seats separately. SP BSP came together for the Rajya Sabha elections but we failed to pre-empt the incompatible alliance of the two parties”, said the chief minister.
He added “ the SP BSP alliance won’t go far as people will see through the game of the incompatible alliance”.
On the prospects of the firming up of the SP-BSP alliance for the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, Yogi said “ local issues dominate the by-elections and national issues are more important in general elections
and we are confident that the number of development schemes and other welfare measures taken by the Central government headed by prime minister Narendra Modi would dominate the political discourse during the 2019 Lok Sabha elections”.
The state BJP president Mahendra Nath Pandey said ,”the poor polling percentage could have affected the results in the state. “We will analyse and work on the places where we lacked and will work harder and perform better in the 2019 elections,” he said.
The former MP from Phulpur and deputy chief minister Keshav Prasad Maurya said “ we failed to factor in the impact of the SP-BSP alliance while devising our strategy for the by polls”.
He also blamed the core voters of the BJP saying “ they were indifferent towards the party on the day of polling”.
A senior BSP leader, however, countered the BJP leaders saying “the coming together of the SP and the BSP is neither opportunistic nor the marriage of strange bed fellows”.
“Our party president Mayawati made no formal announcement for the alliance with the Samajwadi Party, neither she held press conference nor addressed election meetings in both the Lok Sabha seats. She only asked the party cadres and voters to support the candidate which is best placed to defect the BJP candidates”, said the BSP leader added“ the response of the cadre and voters was very mature and wonderful and they have send a clear message to the party leadership that it’s high time for the two parties to join hands for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections”.