After sweeping the Lok Sabha elections in 2014 and the assembly polls previous year, BJP faced formidable rivals in Uttar Pradesh in the form of Samajwadi Party (SP) and Bahujan Samaj Party who stitched a last-minute alliance. "(NCP chief) Sharad Pawar, (West Bengal CM and Trinamool Congress chief) Mamata Banerjee and (Bahujan Samaj Party supremo) Mayawati continue to be hopeful of becoming the prime minister", it said.
The Uttar Pradesh and Bihar by-elections results have dealt a the big blow to Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
Media reports suggested that Gandhi had floated the idea of increased cooperation between his party and NCP in Maharashtra to counter the ruling BJP-Shiv Sena alliance.
The Congress 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.
"Congratulations to the winners of today's by-elections".
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Particularly the loss in Gorakhpur, which was represented six times by chief minister Yogi Adityanath, was very huge for the BJP. The BJP first chose a Dalit candidate for Gorakhpur and then picked a Brahmin Upendra Dutt Shukla for that seat, confident that there was no real challenge in that seat. Though he did not take any questions on prospects of an alliance in the next Lok Sabha polls, saying that all he wanted to do for the present was thank the parties which had helped SP in its "grand" victory, there is conjecture about the parties coming together to fight the BJP.
"UP by-election will not have any impact on Karnataka assembly polls, it was only a by-election result for Parliament seats", BJP leader and former chief minister Jagadish Shettar said.
Manoj Yadav, leader of Samajwadi Party asserted that this was the victory of Samajwadi-BahujanSamaj Party coalition which is not only a coalition of two leaders but that of people.
The development comes amidst talks of Yogi neglecting his state to instead campaign for the BJP in poll-bound Karnataka as well as the northeast where the party saw spectacular results in the recently concluded assembly polls.
The alliance between the two leaders Mayawati and Akhilesh Yadav was stitched just before the elections and took the BJP by surprise.
The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) said the BJP had won in Gorakhpur eight times with Adityanand winning this seat five times. As per Phulpur, it was not BJP's strong suit, but with two heavyweight politicians losing their seats, it sends a very negative and depressing message. "Elections are like exams, instead of being overconfident, a person should check the groundwork and review their preparation", he said. "I congratulate the victorious candidates from Gorakhpur and Phulpur", he said.