Published: Sat, March 17, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Why Gorakhpur Spurned Adityanath And The Influence Of His Temple

Why Gorakhpur Spurned Adityanath And The Influence Of His Temple

Mumbai: The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party's tally may drop by 100-110 seats in the next Lok Sabha polls in 2019, if the current trends and the results of the recent bypolls are an indicator, its ally Shiv Sena said in a gloomy prediction on Friday.

The intensity of Sena's attacks on the BJP has perceptibly decreased but it is continuing to hit below the belt, albeit less frequently.

If you remove Modi from any election campaign, the BJP loses its marbles squarely. Pawar, a wily operator as he is, is closely weighing his options with the single-minded pursuit of prime ministership for himself.

The Telugu Desam Party blamed the coalition for inadequate financial support. The results of the by-elections in UP and Bihar will boost the opposition, an editorial in the Sena mouthpiece "Saamana" said, adding that people are now out of their "illusionary world". On the TDP demand for grant of special category status to Andhra Pradesh, Tyagi said: "Bihar had made a similar demand, but the 14th Finance Commission ruled out any such concession to a state other than the hill states". There is no indication that Naidu is cutting much ice with the people by crying "wolf" but he is relentless in taking this stand to retrieve his declining clout. 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.

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


The by poll results in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar, taken together with those last month in Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh, are suggestive of a pattern that the BharatiyaJanata Party (BJP) can not afford to ignore. The BJP alliance with SAD in Punjab was washed away by Congress in the last poll.

However, the SP chief stopped short of commenting if the two parties will fight the 2019 Lok Sabha elections together.

In both the parliamentary seats, BJP failed to convince the OBCs that the party would be with them. Understanding the same trend, BJP may win Karnataka from Congress, but may suffer loss or win not so convincingly in Madhya Pradesh. Yogi had won the seat five times in a row and was being touted as unbeatable. Candidate in these in two bye-election lost their deposits.

By Amulya GanguliIf one explanation has to be given for the BJP's electoral ills in the Hindi heartland and nearby states, it is arrogance. The party, which was basking on its success in the Northeastern states and hoping to send a message to the voters in the Hindi heartland about its invincibility and growth all over the country, was hit by a shocking anti-climax.

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