Sunday, 22 April, 2018

BJP shocked at SP win in Yogi stronghold

Bye-bye polls Do the Uttar Pradesh results give the anti-BJP parties a template for 2019 AFP or licensors
Glenn Montgomery | 15 March, 2018, 06:21

Still, the BJP expected to win the seats but in the election which though having a low turnout has ended in the defeat of the BJP. "The Congress will look forward to re-establishment in UP, it won't be overnight", tweeted Gandhi.

In Phulpur, SP candidate Nagendra Pratap Singh Patel was leading by 8,199 votes after seven rounds of counting.

Meanwhile, in the Gorakhpur by-poll, SP candidate Pravin Nishad is firmly in the driving seat with a lead of 22,954 votes, according to latest trends. "Mayawati had problems with Mulayam Singh Yadav but now that Akhilesh Yadav is in control of SP, and like BJP works fine with Mehbooba Mufti in Jammu and Kashmir but couldn't with her father, the two arch rivals can work together", says a political observer.

Add to this the strength of the Congress if a grand alliance materialises, an enough reason for the BJP to feel rattled.

Mayawati may have been reluctant, but others in the general anti-BJP camp were much more hopeful about this alliance, seeing in it the beginnings of something that could take on the BJP electoral machine in the national elections that are due by 2019.

UP CM Yogi Adityanath also made a similar statement later that the BJP was over-confident and didn't anticipate the challenge that the SP-BSP alliance posed.

The party also said people across the country, angered by the BJP's "arrogance and misrule", were "showing it the door", as was amply proved by the by-election results in the states.

UP By-Elections: SP, BSP Work As One Well-oiled Machine, But is it Enough to Win Phulpur?

Gorakhpur was a prestigious seat for the BJP to lose in bypolls as Chief Minister Adityanath has represented the constituency for five consecutive terms.

As results of by-elections in two Lok Sabha seats of Uttar Pradesh became clear on Wednesday, the ruling BJP held opportunism of Opposition parties responsible for the loss, and cited their last minute alliance.

The margin of victory of the regional parties indicates that regional party leaders are more aware of the local issues and better connected with the people there, Kumar said. So, who voted against the BJP in his home turf? It was surprising that even as Sonia Gandhi hosted a dinner for 20 opposition parties with the aim of bringing them together to take on BJP, Congress fielded its own candidates in Phulpur and Gorakhpur instead of making common cause with SP-BSP.

Gorakhpur is significant for the BJP with Adityanath representing the seat in the Lok Sabha five times.

In the Jehanabad assembly constituency, Suday Yadav of the RJD defeated JD-U candidate Abhiram Sharma by 35,036 votes while the BJP's Rinki Pandey worsted Sambhu Patel of the Congress, a RJD ally, by 15,000 votes in Bhabua assembly constituency. But in the midway, the SP and the BSP entered into a political bargaining for the Rajya Sabha polls. The Congress and BSP drew a blank.

What also does not bode well for BJP in 2019 so far as temple politics is concerned is that the electorate in Gorakhpur not only rejected Adityanath, but also broke a long tradition of voting the head of the Gorakhdham Math since 1989.

In a rare show of camaraderie, Samajwadi Party leaders admitted that the BSP decision to back their party played a critical role in the outcome. The Congress's Kantilal Bhuria won the seat against Dileep Singh Bhuria's daughter Nirmala.

Recommended

  • Gregg Popovich says Kawhi Leonard 'feels pretty good, getting there'

    Gregg Popovich says Kawhi Leonard 'feels pretty good, getting there'

    But, it can also be recalled that Popovich and Leonard seem to have different perspective when it comes to the latter's return. The Spurs (37-30) are in the midst of a tailspin with losses in 11 of their past 14 games.
    UConn Trick Shot Quarterback John McEntee Loses White House Job

    UConn Trick Shot Quarterback John McEntee Loses White House Job

    A since-fired State Department employee said this morning that Tillerson found out he was sacked when he saw Trump's tweet. He joined the Trump campaign as a volunteer in August 2015 and quickly rose through the ranks.
    Trump blocks Broadcom's Qualcomm bid, citing security concerns

    Trump blocks Broadcom's Qualcomm bid, citing security concerns

    Aside from Qualcomm and Broadcom , there are two other manufacturers that are no doubt following this development with interest. Qualcomm's shareholder meeting, which must now take place no later than ten days after this order, is scheduled for March 23.
  • Carlos Hyde to sign with Cleveland Browns

    Carlos Hyde to sign with Cleveland Browns

    Hyde finished last season having played and started in all 16 games - the first time he's done so in his career. It is set to be a three-year deal worth more than $15 million with Hyde earning $6 million for the 2018 season.
    Katy Perry suffers wardrobe malfunction in 'American Idol' twerk battle

    Katy Perry suffers wardrobe malfunction in 'American Idol' twerk battle

    Louis: Her father has given her 30 days to make her dreams of stardom come true, or else she's got to get a job. Katy and Treavor did some major flirting, but alas, he has a girlfriend. and a golden ticket.
    Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus Review - Is it Worth it?

    Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus Review - Is it Worth it?

    Samsung Galaxy S9 and the S9+ are offering AR emojis, with which users can create their own 3D avatar by scanning their faces. The S9 with a 4 GB RAM memory and 64 GB storage is retailing for ILS 3,200-3,000 and with 128 GB storage, it costs ILS 3,450.
  • Meet Cora, the air taxi funded by Google co-founder Larry Page

    Meet Cora, the air taxi funded by Google co-founder Larry Page

    First it hosted Hobbiton, and now it'll serve as the first major testing ground for a professional flying auto company. It is expected that a commercial network of flying taxis will be in operation in New Zealand in as soon as three years.
    United Kingdom  trade minister slams talk of Brexit punishment by EU

    United Kingdom trade minister slams talk of Brexit punishment by EU

    He has put forward a motion to the European Parliament for an "association agreement" to deal with the future UK-EU relationship. The EU has already said that it has no choice but to remove these rights post-brexit.
    Packers intend to sign TE Jimmy Graham to three-year deal

    Packers intend to sign TE Jimmy Graham to three-year deal

    The Saints and Packers are the two teams in the running for tight end Jimmy Graham, according to Greg Bell of the Seattle Times. Nelson, set to turn 33 in May, was scheduled to earn $10.25 million in 2018 and carry a salary-cap number of $12.52 million.
  • Kirk Cousins to sign with Vikings

    Kirk Cousins to sign with Vikings

    The terms of the deal haven't been released, but analysts project Keenum's salary to sit somewhere in the $16-18m per year range. As I'm about to make one of the bigger decisions of my life, I'll be saying goodbye to my familiar life as a Redskin.
    Women's Hoops to Face Ohio State in NCAA Tournament First Round

    Women's Hoops to Face Ohio State in NCAA Tournament First Round

    Ohio State takes on the No. 12 seed South Dakota State Jackrabbits on Thursday to get things rolling in the NCAA tournament. Louin leads the team with 12.0 points per game, but is one of four players who average in double figures.
    Finance Minister Aso likely to skip G-20 meeting, sources say

    Finance Minister Aso likely to skip G-20 meeting, sources say

    A kindergarten run by Mr Gakuen taught a nationalist curriculum in line with views espoused by Nippon Kaigi . Opposition Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan leader Yukio Edano said key questions remained.

Patrick Robinson to sign 4-year deal with the Saints Patrick Robinson to sign 4-year deal with the Saints Defensive Rookie of the Year Marshon Lattimore made an instant impact and Ken Crawley emerged as a solid starter. ESPN's Dan Graziano reported Robinson's deal with New Orleans is worth $20 million, half of which is guaranteed.

The Crown's Queen Claire Foy Reportedly Paid Less Than Co-Star Matt Smith The Crown's Queen Claire Foy Reportedly Paid Less Than Co-Star Matt Smith Sure, we've got a female Doctor now, but when Matt Smith was cast, Dr Who had essentially been a long-running sausage-fest. The Crown lead actress Claire Foy was paid less than her male co-star Matt Smith , producers of the show have confirmed.

Major Monster Hunter World Update Comes Out March 22, Get Ready! Major Monster Hunter World Update Comes Out March 22, Get Ready! Every player will get one voucher for free on 22nd March, and further vouchers will be available to purchase at a later date. Among them will be the introduction of paid appearance change tickets, with 1 free ticket given to all players.

Weather warnings as fresh snow, rain, and winds forecast for UK Weather warnings as fresh snow, rain, and winds forecast for UK If 2-5cm was to fall, as suggested by forecasters, it could lead to disruption on the roads and to schools on Monday morning. Sky News weather forecasters say it is too early to say how much snow is likely to fall over the next few days.

Maharashtra farmers' protest ends as government accepts their demands Maharashtra farmers' protest ends as government accepts their demands He said the government had already distributed funds to banks for 4.62 million farmers for loan waivers with 3.55 million beneficiaries till date.

Matt Damon and Ben Affleck Vow to Embrace the Inclusion Rider Clause Matt Damon and Ben Affleck Vow to Embrace the Inclusion Rider Clause Matt Damon and Ben Affleck have agreed that inclusion riders will be a part of all their future Pearl Street production deals. Jordan in which he announced his own production company would be adopting the rider.

American Idol: Michelle Sussett, 22, Was "Living Hopeless In Venezuela" American Idol: Michelle Sussett, 22, Was He has an emotional backstory, but fails to immediately wow Katy and Lionel with his rendition of James Bay's "Let It Go". Once the two men helped Perry to her feet, Richie stated, "Some things you have to do for the business".

Lonzo Ball shoots just 2-for-11 Sunday as Lakers beat Cavaliers Lonzo Ball shoots just 2-for-11 Sunday as Lakers beat Cavaliers They are only two games away from being the 15th pick which is the first pick after the National Basketball Association lottery. I know we've got a lot of young guys playing and different lineups, but we've still got to play better".

Spotify launches in South Africa Spotify launches in South Africa Apple and Google charge $9.99 per month for their respective services, while Amazon offers theirs for $7.99 to Prime members. Apple has bought digital magazine distributor Texture to extend its subscription services beyond music and online storage.

Android Wear might soon be rebranded to Wear OS Android Wear might soon be rebranded to Wear OS Now, the company is aiming towards changing the name of the OS with Wear OS as all the new reports confirmed the same news. In the case of Android Wear , you'll be notified that there's a watch nearby that can be paired with your phone.

Two deadly package bombs in Texas capital linked Two deadly package bombs in Texas capital linked The explosion happened hours after a package bombing a few miles away that killed a teenager and seriously injured a woman. Now, they are investigating the explosions as related , and re-classified House's death from "suspicious" to "homicide".

Apple opens WWDC 2018 registration for June 4-8 in San Jose Apple opens WWDC 2018 registration for June 4-8 in San Jose This summer, we invite thousands of talented minds from around the world to join us and turn their ideas into reality. Update: clarified developers can register for a ticket starting today, and not on March 22 as previously stated.

Sammy Watkins expected to sign three-year, $48 million deal with Chiefs Sammy Watkins expected to sign three-year, $48 million deal with Chiefs According to ESPN.com, the three-year deal is worth $16 million a year, with $30 million guaranteed. He had 39 receptions for 593 yards and eight touchdowns in 15 games with the Rams .

S.Korean Envoy Briefs Xi on Kim Jong-un Meeting S.Korean Envoy Briefs Xi on Kim Jong-un Meeting The North Korean government has not tested nuclear weapons or long distance missiles since November of a year ago . According to Kim, Xi welcomed South Korea's role in arranging talks between the North and the United States .

US Secretary Of State Cuts Short Africa Trip US Secretary Of State Cuts Short Africa Trip Tillerson is the highest ranking USA official to visit Nigeria since Donald Trump was inaugurated as president in January 2017. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson continues his tour of Africa, after canceling events earlier in his trip due to sickness.