UP bypoll results not referendum on Yogi govt: Shah

New Delhi, Mar 17 (PTI) Hailing the Yogi Adityanath government in Uttar Pradesh, BJP chief Amit Shah today said the bypoll results were not a referendum on the party’s dispensation in the state.

In his first reaction after the party lost the Gorakhpur and Phulpur Lok Sabha by-elections, Shah said that UP government was one of the best among the BJP dispensations in the states.

“The party has taken it (the bypoll outcome) seriously and will minutely analyse the results of these polls,” Shah said in an interview to Zee TV.

He said there could be many reasons for the BJP’s defeat in the bypolls. The voting percentage was low and at the same time, the Samajwadi Party (SP) and the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) came together, he said.

On the SP-BSP understanding in UP, Shah said that the BJP was confident that it would be able to get more than 50 per cent votes in the the state in the Lok Sabha elections next year.

He said the understanding between the SP and the BSP was for their survival and it proved that the BJP is and will remain the only dominant political force in the state.

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