Winning In Bypolls For Lok Sabha In UP Crucial For BJP
After a massive failure in Rajasthan, the by-elections to dual parliamentary seats for the upcoming month are considered as an essential win for the BJP. This is the most crucial situation in the party, not only because of the dominant personalities like the deputy chief minister Keshav Prasad Maurya and Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath vacating their seats but also for the creation of a strong ground that will compensate for the loss in Alwar and Ajmer.
The tremendous loss in Rajasthan has created a prestige issue for the ruling party of UP. The Phulpur and Gorakhpur by-elections will take place on March 11, 2018. The same date will be shared by the by-elections for the Araria parliament seat in Bhabua, Jehanbad, and Bihar assembly seats. The results of the bypoll will be made public on March 14, 2018.
Last year, Yogi Adityanath was chosen as the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh. He had been the winner of the Lok Sabha seat from Gorakhpur for five times in a row. The 45-year-old man is also the chief priest of the Gorakhnath temple that is located in Gorakhpur, apart from taking care of his seat of Chief Minister.
However, Keshab Prasad Maurya had become the member of Lok Sabha for the first time. This was a seat won by BJP from Phulpur, which further elevated the Modi wave. Once, this constituency was held by Jawaharlal Nehru.
Maurya and Adityanath maintained a strong position of their seats till September 21 last year.
Presently, the tally of BJP in Lok Sabha is 274 of 536 seats. The number was initially 282, which reduced since its win in 2014. The majority mark is at 272, which the party excelled itself.
BJP had won seats in Rajasthan by huge margins in 2014, which ensured its victory in all of the 25 seats. In UP, BJP had won 71 seats from the total of 80.