The BJP is eyeing a clean sweep in the bypolls in order to increase its tally in the state legislative assembly.
Gangoh assembly constituency in Saharanpur will go to bypoll along with 10 other seats on October 21 while the results would be announced on October 24.
Pal, a district-level BJP functionary who was earlier with the Samajwadi Party, has now been announced as the candidate from the former union minister Anupriya Patel's party, Apna Dal (S).
The Rampur Assembly seat fell vacant after Azam Khan was elected to the Lok Sabha in May this year.
While Sudhakar Singh will be the party's candidate from Ghosi, Nirbhay Singh Patel will be SP candidate from Manikpur.
While four names were for Assam, five were for Kerala and 10 for Uttar Pradesh. Bihar, Chhatisgarh, Meghalaya, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Telangana had one name each in the list.
Having learnt its lessons from the four bypoll defeats of 2018, the BJP, which has the most to lose, is taking no chances. It is going to be a four-cornered contest with no alliance on the horizon.
The new organisational reshuffle is being viewed as an initiative of the BSP chief to strike a caste calculus by bringing Muslims, Backwards and Dalits at par.
Under the scanner are the sale of 21 state-owned sugar mills and the memorial scam of Mayawati regime and the multi-crore mining scam when Akhilesh Yadav held the mining portfolio.
The BSP supremo said that the Samajwadi Party’s vote bank- the Yadav community - didn’t support the alliance in the recently held Lok Sabha polls.
The fall of Gorakhpur seems to be much beyond political comprehension as the voters chose to go with opposition against a BJP candidate who had no association with Gorakhnath Mutt.
Yadav, who had attributed SP's victory in Gorakhpur and Phulpur to support from BSP and some local parties, spent some at the BSP supremo's residence.
The Congress also claimed the BJP had "lost" its simple majority in the Lok Sabha.
The Congress party, which had offered an alliance with the old friend SP, was spurned by the latter and was left to go it alone in the by polls.
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The SP-BSP’s victory ahs certainly refreshed the days of 1993 when the two regional forces had joined hands to throw a spanner in saffron surge in the wake of Ram temple movement.