This adds to the talk of a broader anti-BJP alliance for the 2019 Lok Sabha polls. SP in the recent past has been critical of BJP framing its political opponents in false cases.
Khan also criticised CM Yogi Adityanath for his statement over Eid celebrations in the state assembly. Adityanath had said he did not celebrate Eid.
People in Gorakhpur were fed up of BJP and wanted a change in power. In urban areas of Gorakhpur, which were a BJP stronghold, people did not even go out to vote, said Nishad.
The party did not give up its development pitch in the recent bypolls but buttressed it with a formidable caste coalition, say functionaries
Congress performance in Phulpur was disappointing as it secured just 19,334 votes, just 2.64% of the total votes polled here and lost its deposit.
The Gorakhpur seat was vacated by Yogi Adityanath while the Phulpur seat fell vacant after the election of his deputy Keshav Prasad Maurya as an MLC in the state assembly.
With 324 MLAs of the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance, and 37 needed to win one seat, the party can secure eight Rajya Sabha seats from the state, with 28 votes to spare.
The PMO has pressed for two other big subsidies, food subsidy through the public distribution system (PDS) and fertiliser subsidy, to be brought under the DBT.
Cabinet secretary asks all ministries to specify half-yearly targets while seeking extension of projects and approval for their time & cost overruns.
The JD (U) and the BJP contested the Lok Sabha elections in 2009, sharing 25-15 seats and 26-14 seats in 2004.
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