After Madhya Pradesh and Punjab, the set back for BJP in bypolls for Lok Sabha seats came from Uttar Pradesh on Wednesday taking the saffron party's tally down to 274 -- from a record 282 in 2014. The BJP lost key seats of Gorakhpur and Phulpur - both considered the Hindutva party's bastions as the BJP nominees Yogi Adityanath (Chief Minister) and his deputy Keshav Prasad Maurya had won both the seats with huge margin in 2014 parliamentary elections.
For BJP, the defeat was shocking in both Gorakhpur and Phulpur as Deputy Chief Minister Mr Maurya had won Lok Sabha election in 2014 by a margin of around five lakh votes. For his part, Yogi Adityanath had won Gorakhpur seat by a margin of 3,12,783 votes.
In November 2015 - the BJP lost Ratlam constituency when it fielded Late BJP leader Duleep Singh Bhuria's daughter Nirmala.
The bypoll to the parliamentary seat was held after the death of sitting BJP MP Duleep Singh Bhuria. The seat was wrested by Kantilal Bhuria of the Congress.
In 2017, BJP suffered loss of face in Punjab's Gurdaspur after by-elections were held due to the death of film star-turned-lawmaker Vinod Khanna. The Congress party's nominee Sunil Singh Jakhar had won the seat by a convincing margin of 1.90 lakh votes as BJP's Swaran Solaria was rejected by the voters.
Often considered BJP's 'neo-found vote catcher' - after Prime Minister Narendra Modi - Yogi Adityanath had vacated Gorakhpur parliamentary seat - which he has been winning for five term since 1998. The BJP in fact lost all three seats it contested in the latest bypolls - Phulpur and Gorakhpur in UP and Araria in Bihar.
Its ally JD(U) of Nitish Kumar also could not put up any satisfactory performance in the bypolls for Jehanabad Assembly seat.
Former Bihar Chief Minister Lalu Prasad-led RJD retained the Araria Lok Sabha seat and also Jehanabad Assembly seat.
However, BJP's Rinki Rani Pandey retained the Bhabhua Assembly seat for the party in Bihar.
In fact, since 2014, BJP has lost four seats to Congress, two to Samajwadi Party and one to Lalu Prasad-led RJD.
Even as the saffron party had won by-elections in Assam when its nominee could retain the prestigious Lakhimpur seat- that was vacated by Chief Minister Sarbanand Sonowal. The BJP which had swept all the 25 seats in Rajasthan in 2014 polls recently suffered defeat in Alwar and Ajmer.
In Gujarat, BJP had won Vadodara seat in bypolls after Prime Minister Narendra Modi had resigned the seat and had decided to retain Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh.
In Madhya Pradesh's Shahdol seat, the BJP had won the bypolls after elections were held following the death of sitting MP Dalpat Singh Paraste. Former Maharashtra strongman Gopinath Munde's daughter Pritam Munde could also retain the Beed seat for the Lotus party in the western state after the then Union Rural Development Minister Gopinath Munde died in a major road mishap in Delhi in June 2014.
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