Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) leader Mayawati on Sunday attributed the Samajwadi Party’s defeat in the recent Rampur bypoll to “planned low votes”, and questioned whether there was a collusion between the SP and the BJP.
The BJP won for the first time against SP leader Azam Khan’s stronghold of Rampur, which he represented before being disqualified following his conviction in a hate speech case.
In a tweet in Hindi, Mayawati said: “The SP won the bypolls on the Mainpuri Lok Sabha seat but lost for the first time on Azam Khan’s seat in the by-election due to planned low votes. Isn’t it a result of the internal collusion between the BJP and the SP?” In another tweet, she said: “The Muslim community needs to think about this and understand it so that it can avoid being scammed in the upcoming elections. there is a lot of suspicion about BJP’s defeat in Khatauli parliamentary elections, and this is also something to think about.” Commenting on her statement, BJP’s newly elected MLA from Rampur Akash Saxena said: “In the Lok Sabha bypolls conducted in Rampur, the vote rate was 31.5 percent, and in the recent Rampur by-election, the vote rate was 35 percent, so it is wrong to say that there was a low turnout in the by-election. (in the assembly bypolls) is up 3.5 points compared to the Lok Sabha bypolls.” UP BJP spokesperson Hero Bajpai refuted the BSP chief’s tweets and told PTI, “This is just a fabrication of her imagination. saying all this because the BSP is not running in the elections, nor is it running in the polls. And I feel that in the upcoming urban local body elections and in the 2024 Lok Sabha polls, if they get the match from off the field, then she will continue to make such unfounded comments.” Samajwadi Party MLC Ashutosh Sinha told PTI: “The BSP works as a B-team of the BJP and makes an effort to transfer its vote to the BJP in every election. However, this did not materialize in these bypolls, and the people rejected the BSP after learning of its intent. Rampur Sadar mounting chair off.
However, the ruling BJP in Uttar Pradesh lost Khatauli to Samajwadi Party ally Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD).
Dimple Yadav, the wife of SP chief Akhilesh Yadav, defeated her closest rival and BJP candidate Raghuraj Singh Shakya by 2,88,461 votes in Mainpuri, a small town belonging to the family of SP patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav.
The victory brought some consolation to Akhilesh Yadav after defeat in Uttar Pradesh parliamentary elections early this year and the loss of Azamgarh and Rampur Lok Sabha seats to the BJP in June bypolls.
Madan Bhaiya, Samajwadi party ally Rashtriya Lok Dal, defeated his BJP rival Rajkumari Saini by a margin of over 22,000 votes in Khatauli. Saini is the wife of former BJP MLA Vikram Singh whose disqualification from the state assembly following his conviction in a 2013 Muzaffarnagar riot case necessitated the by-election.
According to the election commission, Madan Bhaiya received 97,071 votes, while Saini received 74,996.
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