New Delhi: Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday congratulated those who in the bypolls in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar. He also said that the results clearly showed that the voters are angry with the Bhartatiya Janata Party.
On the fate of the Congress, Rahul said, “Congress is eager for the resurgence in UP, but it will not happen overnight.”
आज के उपचुनावों में जीतने वाले उम्मीदवारों को बधाई।
नतीजों से स्पष्ट है कि मतदाताओं में भाजपा के प्रति बहुत क्रोध है और वो उस गैर भाजपाई उम्मीदवार के लिए वोट करेंगे जिसके जीतने की संभावना सबसे ज़्यादा हो।
कांग्रेस यूपी में नवनिर्माण के लिए तत्पर है, ये रातों रात नहीं होगा।
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In a huge blow to the ruling BJP, the Samajwadi Party won both the Lok Sabha seats of Gorakhpur and Phulpur which were vacated by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and his deputy Keshav Prasad Maurya.
The Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) had backed its bitter rival Samajwadi Party.
“This is a rejection of both (Prime Minister Narendra) Modi and Yogi (Adityanath),” Samajwadi Party spokesman Anurag Bhaudauria told IANS.
“They have been making tall promises but not delivering on the ground,” he said, explaining why the voters appeared to have turned away against the BJP so dramatically in these two seats since the 2014 Lok Sabha battle.
In 2014, the BJP stunningly won 73 of the 80 Lok Sabha seats while one of its allies secured two. The Samajwadi Party won from five seats. The Congress and BSP drew a blank.
In Bihar, the RJD-led Grand Alliance in Bihar won Araria Lok Sabha seat and the Jahanabad Assembly seats while the BJP bagged Bhabhua Assembly seat.
The by-elections were held on Sunday.
(With Agency inputs)