By-poll results are clear message to BJP: Akhilesh

SP BSP workers celebrate in Gorakhpur as the SP candidate Praveen Kumar Nishad leads in the counting of votes

"Sometimes we have to forget the past to move forward, " Akhilesh told reporters here in response to a query on an alliance with BSP apparently referring to the alleged attack on the BSP supremo after her party had withdrawn support to SP, by his party supporters in 1995 though she escaped unhurt. But, the BSP extended its support to the SP candidates in Gorakhpur and Phulpur Lok Sabha bypolls.

Shivpal's congratulatory tweet came several months after he was locked in a bitter struggle for power with his nephew Akhilesh Yadav.

Not contesting bypolls has been a BSP tradition and hence it did not contest Gorakhpur and Phulpur.

For the past 29 years, the head priest of the Gorakhnath temple had been fielded as the saffron party's candidate for the said constituency. "If people in those areas are so angry with them, just imagine the situation when elections are held across the country", Yadav said. "In the pretext of nationalism, they cheat people", he added. On the floor of the House, he said that he does not celebrate Eid because he was a Hindu. "They are spreading hatred", he said. BJP in for rude shock in Gorakhpur: In Gorakhpur, which Adityanath represented for five straight terms since 1998, BJP candidate Upendra Dutt Shukla was trailing to the Samajwadi Party, an Election Commission official said.

On Wednesday, Samajwadi Party's Nagendra Pratap Singh Patel defeated BJP's Kaushlendra Singh Patel by 59,460 votes in Phulpur while Pravin Nishad, backed by the Bahujan Samaj Party, defeated his BJP rival by 21,961 votes in Gorakhpur.

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Well, to quote Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath, who lost his Gorakhpur seat to SP, it was BJP's "overconfidence" that cost them this defeat.

In a huge blow to the ruling BJP, the Samajwadi Party won both the Lok Sabha seats of Gorakhpur and Phulpur which were vacated by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and his deputy Keshav Prasad Maurya. "They have been making tall promises but not delivering on the ground", he said, explaining why the voters appeared to have turned away against the BJP so dramatically in these two seats since the 2014 Lok Sabha battle.

In 2014, the BJP had won 71 seats and its National Democratic Alliance (NDA) ally Apna Dal bagged two seats in Uttar Pradesh.

On Tuesday, Sonia hosted dinner for Opposition leaders in which leaders of 20 parties; including of Congress, SP, and BSP; attended.

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