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Oppn parties upbeat after bypoll results, slam Modi

In UP the SP wrested nine seats from the Bharatiya Janata Party, while the saffron party managed to retain just two.

india Updated: Sep 16, 2014 15:51 IST
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As the bypoll results poured in on Tuesday the BJP camp was subdued, while the Congress, the Samajwadi Party and other opposition parties lashed out at the ruling party.

"People of the state have given a befitting reply to the communal forces and have expressed intention that they need harmony and brotherhood," said Uttar Pradesh chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav in Lucknow.

"Acche din, acchi baat. Acche parinaam aa gaye (Good days are here. Good results are in)," he said in a clear dig at Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his 'Achche din' campaign slogan during the 2014 Lok Sabha polls.

In UP the SP wrested nine seats from the Bharatiya Janata Party, while the saffron party managed to retain just two. The BJP also ceded ground in Rajasthan where it lost 3 out of 4 seats to the Congress, and also in Modi's Gujarat where three out of nine seats were snatched away by the Congress.

"The Modi magic has turned pale in India in its 100 days of being in power. People have started to express their lack of confidence in the central government given its performance in the first 100 days," Trinamool Congress leader Mukul Roy said in Kolkata.

Aam Aadmi Party chief Arvind Kejriwal: "Modi wave is over, inflation and corruption could not be controlled."

His part colleague and psephologist Yogendra Yadav said that there are moderate signs that the BJP's tide is begining to recede as it could not hold on to its gains in neither BJP-ruled states nor non-BJP states.

He however said it was too early for the opposition parties to claim victory as there was no clear pattern in the gains.

Congress leader Sachin Pilot who is leading the fightback in Rajasthan said: ""It is a huge effort by the Congress party workers and I must give credit to each and everyone especially young people."

Rajasthan BJP president Ashok Parnami said the party will examine reasons for the losses: " We will look into what were the reasons for the weaknesses and faults, and also fix responsibility.

First Published: Sep 16, 2014 15:36 IST