Day after the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) lost bypolls to two Uttar Pradesh Lok Sabha seats including its bastion Gorakhpur and Phulpur, chief minister Yogi Adityanath on Thursday cancelled all his engagements and visits. According to ANI report, the chief minister will hold meetings with officials instead.
The blow to the saffron party came as an anticlimax after its surprise win in three northeastern states, including Tripura, where it scripted history, demolishing the Left citadel of 25 years and forming its first government in the state. The party even formed its governments in Nagaland and Meghalaya.
Buffeted by the surprise defeat, the chief minister said that bypoll results were a ‘lesson’ for the party. He even attributed it to "overconfidence" of the party and called for an in-depth analysis of the causes.
"We failed to understand the implications of this alliance between Samajwadi Party and Bahujan Samaj Party that are as different as chalk and cheese in the middle of the elections as part of bargain for the Rajya Sabha elections," he said.