The breeze of victory of the BJP in the North-East and undue celebrations over it was erased by the rude shock of defeat in the bypolls of Uttar Pradesh. The seats on which the BJP suffered defeat belonged to the Chief Minister Yogi Adiyanath and his deputy and thus the severity of the situation is a matter of anguish. Yogi Adityanath painfully explained that they could not imagine that the impact of the alliance of the Samajwadi Party with Bahujan Samajwadi Party would crush their party. The second reason that was given by him was the overconfidence of his party. It is a fact that the BJP is overconfident only because it could not analyze correctly its grand victory in the assembly elections. No doubt, the Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Yogi Adityanath made whirlwind tour of the state and strained every nerve for the poll campaign, but what paved the way was not their popularity, but the division of votes among the SP-Congress alliance, the Bahujan Samaj and the BJP. In the bypolls, Congress stayed put and did not withdraw its candidate for political reasons, thus it was the direct contest between the BJP and the SP, Bahujan Samaj Party combine. The ruling party had to lose both the seats. One of them was Gorakhpur seat which was won by Yogi Adityanath five times.
In Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh, the BJP lost the bypolls to the Congress. In both the states, the party’s shining days are over. There is hardly any chance for the BJP in Karnataka which is the window for the party to oversee the southern states. The economy of the country, the anger of the distressed farmers and jobless youth and relations with the neighbours are the issues which are bound to deteriorate with the passage of time. Under these circumstances, the BJP would reasonably ponder on to advance the 2019 elections.
The Bahujan Samaj Party supremo Mayawati predicted early polls. She said on March 15 that the BJP was having sleepless nights since the bypoll defeat. Therefore the Prime Minister may opt for early polls because there is no chance of improvement of the situation in the near future.