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 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.
UP bypolls: Samajwadi Party-BSP combine deliver body blow to BJP; win Gorakhpur, Phulpur drawing roadmap for 2019 Lok Sabha polls
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.
The Ajit Singh-led RLD, while announcing this here, said it will also support the SP and BSP candidates in the soon-to-be-held Legislative Council and Rajya Sabha elections.