BJP gears up to celebrate first anniversary of Yogi Government

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"No one can say anything about the future", Yadav said when asked about the possibility of the bitter rivals-the SP and the BSP-coming together again.

To another question, he said Congress president Rahul Gandhi might ride the "elephant" (BSP's election symbol) next time after leaving the "cycle" (SP's election symbol).

The Shiv Sena, a partner in government in Maharashtra, in a terse editorial in its mouthpieces "Samna" and "Dopahar Ka Samna" claimed that the "wave" of the popularity of 2014 has vanished and tough battle awaits the BJP next year in general elections. "I don't think the by-election results are a referendum on Yogi's government", he said.

On the SP-BSP understanding in UP, Shah said that the BJP was confident that it would be able to get more than 50% votes in the state in the Lok Sabha elections next year. Shah said the UP government under Yogi Adityanath is among the best BJP-run state governments. SP's experience with the Congress in the UP assembly election was bad anyway. Naidu has realised that he is getting nowhere with his lacklustre governance and corrupt ways and that the way to resurrect himself and the party is to take an adversarial position against the Narendra Modi government at the Centre.

The by-polls in Uttar Pradesh were held last week after Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and his deputy Keshav Prasad Maurya vacated the Gorakhpur and Phulpur seats respectively following their election to the state legislative council as they joined the state government following the BJP's landslide win in the assembly elections a year ago.

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Besides the over-confidence of the BJP, the success of the 2004 Lok Sabha experiment can be traced to the untiring efforts of the Left to stitch a coalition under the leadership of the Congress.

Rejecting the charge that the crime graph had increased during his tenure, he said, "This is society, but see the difference between pre and post 2017".

Raut has also set rumour mills running by saying that Shiv Sena will be making an important announcement in a week's time. The BJP and its allies - the Lok Janshakti Party and Rashtriya Lok Samata Party - had grabbed 31 seats.

The hallmark of this regime was the shift from a caste and communal-based agenda to development-oriented politics with a focus on farmers and the youth, he said. All religious festivals are being observed peacefully. The only consolation that the BJP can take at the moment is the drubbing of the Congress in UP, where the candidates of grand old party lost their deposits.