By-poll results indicates decreasing popularity of BJP: Akhilesh

The Jat-dominated Kairana seat was a stronghold of Ajit Singh's RLD until 2009 Lok Sabha elections when BSP's Tabbassum Begum defeated Hukum Singh by over 20,000 votes.

On the opening day of the party's 84th plenary session, Congress adopted a political resolution that recommends "pragmatic approach" on alliances with compatible parties to take on the BJP. "If any party is doing politics by politicising any university, it should not be done".

Mamata Banerjee, the chief of Trinamool Congress in West Bengal, called the UP bypoll results, and victory for a regional party in another seat in neighbouring Bihar state, the "beginning of the end" for Modi's party.

Addressing a rally in Chandigarh, she labelled the Narendra Modi government at the Centre a "dictatorship" and alleged that it had "surpassed" the Emergency imposed by the Congress government in 1975.

The people's opposition to BJP and disenchantment towards the Congress was demonstrated at the same time in the UP poll results, he said.

After defeating BJP in Gorakhpur and Phulpur +, SP and BSP have the opportunity to put their alliance to another trial - bypolls for Kairana Lok Sabha and Noorpur assembly seats due within next five months.

In another resolution, the party said if voted to power it would come out with a loan-waiver scheme for small and marginal farmers similar to that announced by the UPA government in 2009. "But only time will tell against whom the country is rising", Singh said.

There is nobody close to Modi in personal approval ratings. What is more alarming for the BJP is that the ruling party ended up losing on seven occasions.

Today, it is in power in 21 of them and has replaced Congress as the party with strongest nationwide presence. That may be an indication an anti-incumbency factor will play a part in 2019 Lok Sabha elections.

The BJP lost two Lok Sabha seats (Gorakhpur and Phulpu) and one Lok Sabha seat in Bihar (Araria) to the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) and to the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) respectively. "Because of their poor governance model, people are forced to live in bad conditions".

"Modi's appeal is formidable but his enemies and allies would now think he's beatable", veteran journalist and political commentator Shekhar Gupta said on Twitter.

  • Stacy Allen