UP Bypolls: Didn't Prepare For Samajwadi-BSP Ambush, Say BJP Leaders
BJP leaders admitted that they were outdone.
“We didn’t expect that the BSP’s vote will be transferred to SP in such a manner,” said Keshav Maurya, acknowledging his party’s defeat even before the results were declared.
“We will analyze after seeing the final results and prepare for a situation in future when BSP, SP and Congress can come together and also make our strategy for winning the 2019 elections,” he said.
Gorakhpur, said Keshav Maurya, has always been a stronghold.
“Lower voting and the combination of SP and BSP have been the two biggest reasons behind how the results are shaping up,” he assessed.
The BJP has held Gorakhpur since 1989. Phulpur was important for the BJP as it won the seat for the first time in 2014. It was represented by India’s first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru and later became a BSP stronghold.
“It is obviously not a satisfactory result. But one thing is certain that the SP was about to lose and the BSP’s support helped it. We have to adapt our strategy now,” said Sidharth Nath Singh, the Health Minister of UP.
“We never thought that there would be a SP-BSP alliance. That was not part of our strategy. We didn’t get enough time to do the math and understand the people,” he added.