Senior Uttar Pradesh cabinet minister and Samajwadi Party (SP) leader Shiv Pal Singh Yadav said on Wednesday that the bypoll results have exposed the Bharatiya Janata Party’s ‘communal’ agenda and ‘false’ promises it made to the people before Lok Sabha polls.
Yadav said people had supported the SP cutting across caste and community lines. Their overwhelming support testified that the ruling party’s ‘development’ and ‘harmony’ oriented policies have been accepted and non-issues like ‘love-jihad’ raised by the BJP have been cast aside by the people.
“It is for the first time in history that a party which came to power with a landslide majority at the Centre recently has received a drubbing in such a short time,” Yadav said. SP won eight assembly seats and lone Lok Sabha seat- Mainpuri, while BJP could only retain three assembly seats in the bypolls held last week.
“Now bad days have started for those (BJP) who made the promise of ‘acche din’ during the Lok Sabha polls,” he said.