Still, the BJP expected to win the seats but in the election which though having a low turnout has ended in the defeat of the BJP.
At the end of 27th round of counting in Gorakhpur the SP candidate Praveen Nishad was leading by 21, 127 votes against his BJP rival Upendra Shukla.
This success for the new parivar of bua, bhanja and chacha - the former UP CM calls the BSP supremo bua (paternal aunt), placing her on the same pedestal as chacha (paternal uncle) Ram Gopal for nephew Akhilesh-now sets it up as a new potential alliance that may pose a serious challenge to the BJP all over Uttar Pradesh in 2019.
It was a direct fight between the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance and the Grand Alliance of the RJD-Congress in Bihar, a year ahead of the next Lok Sabha battle. In Gorakhpur, BJP's Yogi Adityanath had defeated SP's Rajmati Nishad by 31,2783 votes. He switched over to the BJP in the following election and mentored Adityanath, who took over in his stead, winning the seat for the first time in 1998.
Gorakhpur was a prestigious seat for the BJP to lose in bypolls as Chief Minister Adityanath has represented the constituency for five consecutive terms.
Counting has begun for the recently held Lok Sabha and assembly bypolls in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar.
The SP's victory reminded numerous triumph of the now defunct JD (U)-RJD-Congress Grand Alliance in Bihar which had trounced the BJP-led NDA in 2015. So in a way, we may not have withdrawn candidates but we went into a slow mode... not to divide the anti-BJP vote.
The margin of victory of the regional parties indicates that regional party leaders are more aware of the local issues and better connected with the people there, Kumar said.
The first by-poll shock for BJP came in from MadMaran brothers discharged in telephone exchange casehya Pradesh's Ratlam constituency in November 2015. Maurya alleged that while BSP-SP announced support, even Congress, which had fielded its candidates gave indirect support to the SP candidate.
In the Assembly seat of Jehanabad, RJD's Suday Yadav defeated Abhiram Sharma of the JD (U). But the story came out of Uttar Pradesh, where the saffron party had stormed to power with an absolute majority just a year ago. The Samajwadi Party and the Bahujan Samaj Party do not work well together.
Manoj Yadav, leader of Samajwadi Party asserted that this was the victory of Samajwadi-BahujanSamaj Party coalition which is not only a coalition of two leaders but that of people. Until last year's win, the state had see-sawed between the two parties since the mid-1990s, with both building different social bases and cadre that were trained to thoroughly dislike each other.