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The results of the by-elections in three Lok Sabha seats and seven assembly seats have brought a big relief to the BJP. In the by-polls held amid violent protests over the Agneepath scheme, the party wrested two Lok Sabha seats from Rampur, Azamgarh in Uttar Pradesh, while winning three of the four assembly seats in the electoral state of Tripura. However, the BJP had to face defeat in the parliamentary bypolls held in Himachal Pradesh in November last year and in West Bengal in April this year.
The BJP had lost the Mandi Lok Sabha seat in Himachal Pradesh to the Congress in November last year. After this, in the by-elections held in April, the party was defeated by Trinamool in Asansol seat of West Bengal. The defeat in these two seats reduced the party’s strength in the Lok Sabha from 303 to 301. Now the party has returned to its old position in the lower house by winning the seats of Azamgarh and Rampur.
In Uttar Pradesh, the party has won in the SP stronghold after a long time. Rampur has been the stronghold of the family of senior SP leader Azam Khan and Azamgarh Mulayam Singh Yadav. Rampur seat was vacated by Azam’s resignation, while Azamgarh seat was vacated by the resignation of former Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav. With this victory, the party has equalized the loss suffered by the SP in the Lok Sabha by-elections almost five years ago. Then the SP defeated the BJP on the vacant Gorakhpur and Phulpur seats of Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya.
Alarm bells rang for AAP in Punjab
The by-election has raised alarm bells for the Aam Aadmi Party, which won a historic victory in the Punjab Assembly elections a few months back. The party had to face defeat at the hands of Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar) from the Sangrur Lok Sabha seat vacated by Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann. The bypolls in the state came at a time when questions were being raised over the law and order situation in the state under the new government after the killing of singer Sidhu Musewala.
Agneepath dispute did not have any effect
These by-elections were held at a time when there was fierce and violent opposition to the army’s new recruitment policy and Agneepath scheme in many states of the country. The center of the fire of protest was Uttar Pradesh and Bihar. It was feared then that the BJP would have to suffer political losses in the by-elections due to the large participation of youth in the movement. However, the results showed that the agitation against this plan had no effect on the by-elections.
Victory showed people’s unwavering faith in PM Modi: Nadda
Terming the BJP’s victory in the Azamgarh and Rampur Lok Sabha by-elections in Uttar Pradesh as historic, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) national president JP Nadda said these results showed people’s unwavering faith in Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He said that this historic victory in UP is a symbol of the public’s faith in the poor welfare policies of the Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
The seats of Rampur and Azamgarh were very difficult seats for the BJP as these have been the seats of Samajwadi Party leader Azam Khan and President Akhilesh Yadav. Nadda also congratulated Tripura Chief Minister Manik Saha and other party candidates for their victory in the assembly bypolls. Nadda said, the way people from every corner of the country are uniting and giving their blessings to PM Modi, it shows the unwavering faith of the people in him.