Published: Mon, March 19, 2018
Sports | By Brett Lawson

By-poll results indicates decreasing popularity of BJP: Akhilesh

By-poll results indicates decreasing popularity of BJP: Akhilesh

On the contrary, the BSP sources claim that Mayawati would take any decision on the two seats only after assessing SP support in upcoming March 23 RS elections. "If any party is doing politics by politicising any university, it should not be done".

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 people's opposition to BJP and disenchantment towards the Congress was demonstrated at the same time in the UP poll results, he said.

The people's sentiments were also against Congress' "anti-people" policies, Vijayan added. "These corrupt people are enjoying their lives in foreign countries with the tacit support of the government", Mayawati said.

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Actor-turned-politician and senior BJP leader Shatrughan Sinha (known as "Shot-gun Sinha" for his witty and instant replies) has taken the party and its leaders to task for the Lok Sabha by-poll reverses suffered by the Party in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar.

Riding on the success of high stake seats of Gorakhpur, stronghold of Yogi Adityanath and Phulpur, vacated by deputy CM Keshav Maurya, SP chief Akhilesh Yadav and his BSP counterpart Mayawati may again come together to give their tie-up yet another trail in Kairana and Noorpur by-elections due within the next five months.

Almost nine out of 10 Indians hold a favourable opinion of him, according to a research report published in November, and opposition victories in a handful of seats can not be seen as an indication the mood is swinging away from Modi and the BJP nationally, analysts warn. What is more alarming for the BJP is that the ruling party ended up losing on seven occasions. They have used every trick in the trade, but Congress has neither succumbed before this arrogance of power nor will it succumb in future, Gandhi said. That may be an indication an anti-incumbency factor will play a part in 2019 Lok Sabha elections. A good performance by the BJP in the two states is critical to its prospects of returning to power in 2019. "So it's reality versus what you are promised", Tiwari said.

"Modi's appeal is formidable but his enemies and allies would now think he's beatable", veteran journalist and political commentator Shekhar Gupta said on Twitter.

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