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Muddapanellists discuss saffron outfit’s defeats in Phulpur, Gorakhpur and Araria, ask if setback is the beginning of the end for the centre’sruling party

The BJP lost bypolls to all three Lok Sabha seats that it contested which includes Gorakhpur in Uttar Pradesh, a seat which was represented by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath for five successive terms. The other seats lost are Phulpur in Uttar Pradesh and Araria in Bihar.This comes just after the BJP’s win in three northeastern states. How will this play out for them in the 2019 general elections?

Thursday’s edition of Mudda, APN’s daily current affairs show, discussed the issue. Moderated by Anant Tyagi, the guests were BJP spokesperson Anand Sahu, Congress spokesperson Shuchi Biswas, RJD state president Ashok Singh, Samajwadi Party spokesperson Jagdev Singh Yadav, Shiv Sena member Abhijit Adsul and APNconsulting editor Govind Pant Raju.

Sahu said that this has not shaken the BJP’s confidence at all. He added that the people and the party have full confidence in Narendra Modi.

Govind Pant Raju, however, thinks this does hint at the challenges that the BJP will face before the 2019 elections. He said: “If they can’t see the reality, it is their immaturity. They lost the seats though it was a secured win. The BJP lost because people voted based on the work that they did after coming to power… It will not be an easy election for the BJP in 2019. Internal turf in the party has already started showing its effects. Thus it might so happen that many of the party members will support the opposition in 2019.”

To this,Sahu said that they are fully prepared for the elections. He went to say that the BJP has certain documents that will prove corruption charges against their opposition. He said: “We will reveal them when the time comes and start investigations.”

Raju replied that doing such a thing will have a negative effect on the party. He explained: “If they had proof they should have started their investigations since they came to power. If they start investigating people just before elections, people will take it as revenge politics.”

Biswas, too, said the loss is alarming for the BJP.

Yadav said: “The BJP is running out of political tactics. First they campaigned in Modi’s name. Then they made communalism as their election agenda. How long can they play this card?”

Ashok Singh said the RJD will go into alliance before the 2019 elections to defeat BJP.

AbhijeetAdsul, too, expressed displeasure with the BJP. He said: “Narendra Modi runs the nation as a one-man country. He does not let his ministers speak. Some of his cabinet ministers are displeased with him as he does not value their opinions. Shiv Sena will fight the 2019 election alone.”

-Compiled by Usha Rani Das

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