Adityanath represented Gorakhpur five times in the Lok Sabha, and it went vacant in 2017 when he was elected to UP Assembly to take over as the Chief Minister of the state. However, within just a year, the political situation seems to have changed completely as BJP is on the verge of losing Gorakhpur, Phulpur - the seats of the Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and Deputy CM Sushil Modi.
In Bihar, after the 22nd round of counting, RJD is leading by 57,791 with 4,46,179 votes, while BJP is trailing with 3,88,388 votes for Araria constituency. She defeated the Congress candidate Shambhu Patel, who had the RJD's support, by over 15,000 votes. The Samajwadi Party won from five seats.
But many regard the SP-BSP tie up in the UP by-poll as a test run for 2019. The BJP had won 27 of the 29 seats in the state in 2014.More news: Snapchat Apologizes To Rihanna Over Advert Trivializing Domestic Abuse
It is of huge political significance that the morale-boosting victory for the Opposition comes just hours after leaders of 20 parties met at Sonia Gandhi's residence to draw up a blueprint for the 2019 elections.
"We didn't expect that BSP's (Bahujan Samaj Party's) vote will be transferred to SP in such a manner. That is why, the impact of the Centre ditching the people of Andhra Pradesh was clearly visible in the by-elections", he said. The SP won 47 seats with 21.8 per cent votes. "The by-election results indicate the success of such a platform", Trinamool Congress leader Derek O'Brien said.
Both the seats saw a consolidation of OBC, dalit and Muslim votes.
"We will then also make our strategy for winning the 2019 elections", he added. No wonder Yogi Adityanath, dubbed the "strongman of Gorakpur", could no better than come up with the lame excuse that the setback was the result of the unofficial SP-BSP alliance.More news: Cooper Tire & Rubber (CTB) Hits New 12-Month Low at $30.53
The Congress, by no means a numerical threat even if it has added four seats since 2014, dubbed the by-poll results as a sign of things to come in the past year of the BJP-ruled NDA's tenure.
Consequently - the BJP would not have been defeated by only the swing in votes, or only the greater unity of the opposition.
Social scientist Badri Narayan says that the success of the BSP-SP electoral pact could encourage both parties to evolve a long-term alliance. Alliance formation, however, will be a lot trickier in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections than they were in UP bypolls.More news: Schwarzenegger threatens class action suit against oil industry