“WE Have Lost 2 LS By-Polls In UP Due To Overconfidence of Our Activists & Rank & File, Not Due to SP-BSP Tie-Up”: Yogi Adityanath

EVEN after the electoral alliance between the erstwhile ruling parties SP and BSP wresting two Lok Sabha seats in the recent by-elections from BJP in Uttar Pradesh, State Chief Minister Yogi Aditya Nath does not envisage the two UP based parties as a major threat to the incumbent BJP government. The two parties having altogether different constituencies in the northern state which has as many as 80 Lok Sabha seats have pledged to fight the BJP in the 2019 parliamentary poll and  is slamming the Yogi headed UP government daily. But the monk turned politician, who had represented Gorakhpur constituency in the Lok Sabha for five times, says the so-called understanding between the SP and the BSP committed to take on BJP in 2019 Lok Sabha polls cannot be dubbed as an alliance. It is nothing but a “compromise for power”.”Is it a coalition or a compromise for power,” Adityanath asked during an interview with Hindi news channel Aaj Tak when asked whether a coalition between the Samajwadi Party (SP) and the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) could damage the prospects of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in 2019.A confident Adityanath sought to know from the SP and BSP leaders that even if they join hands, who would be their leader. “First let them decide who will lead them. They must decide, will it be Akhilesh Yadav or Mulayam Singh Yadav or Mayawati or maybe Rahul Gandhi if the Congress joins them. Rahul Gandhi must find his space. There are only two seats in a Cycle (SP’s poll symbol), you can’t add a third,” he said. The BJP badly lost the recent Lok Sabha by polls in Gorakhpur which was represented by Yogi Adityanath for five consecutive terms and Phulpur won by his deputy in 2014 as the BSP did not field its candidates in support of the SP candidates. Mayawati has vowed to continue the alliance in 2019. The reason for the BJP’s defeats in Gorakhpur and Phulpur in Allahabad district were due to overconfidence of the BJP rank and file not due to the so-called alliance between the two ex- arch political rivals, he said.”Whenever you are overconfident about something these situations arise, but this is a lesson. In the coming days, we shall learn from these mistakes and improve,” he said, adding that the BJP would win 80 out of 80 seats in the 2019 Lok Sabha polls in Uttar Pradesh. Asked about the recent incidents of police shootouts on an almost daily basis, the Chief Minister said that there had not been a single fake gun battle. “I guarantee security for each and every one in Uttar Pradesh. Criminals, anti-nationals and anti-social elements should be afraid of the law in the state. We are seeing the results, known criminals are seen vending vegetables in Meerut,” he said. The Yogi government has completed its first year in office and has coined a slogan “Ek Saal, Nayi Misaal” meaning One year of setting examples. He claimed that the biggest achievement of his government’s is that popular perception had changed amongst both Indians and foreigners in the past one year. “We have tried to provide a positive environment for people. The biggest sign of changing perceptions about the state at home and abroad was the Investor’s Summit,” he said. Born as Ajay Mohan Bisht in Pauri Garwal of Uttarakhand, 46-year-old former chief of Gorakhpur Math, has emerged as an influential Hindutva leader in northern India. The science graduate from Hemavati Nandan Bahuguna University has repeatedly declared that there will be no discrimination of any person because of his or her caste or religious faith. All will be treated alike in my regime, he added.

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