In a major blow to the BJP ahead of the 2019 General Elections, the party today lost bypolls in all three Lok Sabha seats it contested, including its bastion Gorakhpur, and Phulpur in Uttar Pradesh, besides Araria in Bihar.
A consolidation of OBC, Dalit and Muslim votes powered Samajwadi Party candidates to victory in Gorakhpur, a seat which was held by UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath for five successive terms, and Phulpur, which deputy CM Keshav Prasad Maurya won with landslide margin in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls.
With losses in Gorakhpur and Phulpur, the BP is in a tight position as its numbers are hovering close to majority mark needed to Lok Sabha.
BJP's current tally in the Lok Sabha is 273, down from 282 that it had won in 2014.
There are 536 members in the Lok Sabha at present with seven seats presently vacant. The BJP still has majority on its own in the Lok Sabha.
|Party||Party||No. of Seats|
|Bhartiya Janata Party||BJP||273|
|Indian National Congress||INC||48|
|All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam||AIADMK||37|
|All India Trinamool Congress||AITC||34|
|Biju Janata Dal||BJD||20|
|Telugu Desam Party||TDP||16|
|Telangana Rashtra Samithi||TRS||11|
|Communist Party of India (Marxist)||CPI(M)||9|
|YSR Congress Party||YSRCP||9|
|Lok Janshakti Party||LJP||6|
|Nationalist Congress Party||NCP||6|
|Aam Aadmi Party||AAP||4|
|Shiromani Akali Dal||SAD||4|
|All India United Democratic Front||AIUDF||3|
|Rashtriya Lok Samta Party||RLSP||3|
|Rashtriya Janata Dal||RJD||3|
|Indian National Lok Dal||INLD||2|
|Indian Union Muslim League||IUML||2|
|Janata Dal (Secular)||JD(S)||2|
|Janata Dal (United)||JD(U)||2|
|Jharkhand Mukti Morcha||JMM||2|
|All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen||AIMIM||1|
|All India N.R. Congress||AINRC||1|
|Communist Party of India||CPI||1|
|Jammu & Kashmir National Conference||JKNC||1|
|Jammu and Kashmir Peoples Democratic Party||JKPDP||1|
|Kerala Congress (M)||KC(M)||1|
|National Peoples Party||NPP||1|
|Pattali Makkal Katchi||PMK||1|
|Revolutionary Socialist Party||RSP||1|
|Sikkim Democratic Front||SDF||1|
|Jan Adhikar Party (Loktantrik)||JAP(L)||1|
|Nominated Anglo-Indians (Bharatiya Janata Party)||NOM||2|
Samajwadi Party's Pravin Nishad defeated BJP's Upendra Dutt Shukla by 21,961 votes in Gorakhpur, the seat which was with the party since 1989, while Nagendra Pratap Singh Patel of SP clinched the Phulpur seat drubbing the saffron party's Kaushalendra Singh Patel by 59,460 votes.
Lalu Prasad's RJD retained the Araria Lok Sabha seat where its nominee Sarfaraz Alam beat BJP's Pradeep Kumar Singh by over 60,000 votes, in a set back for the JD(U)-BJP alliance, which went to the hustings for the first time after Nitish Kumar returned to the NDA fold.
In small consolation for the BJP, its candidate Rinki Rani Pandey retained the Bhabhua Assembly seat for the party, defeating her Congress rival Shambhu Singh Patel by about 14,000 votes.
The RJD retained the Jehanabad Assembly seat, with its nominee Suday Yadav defeating his JD(U) rival Abhiram Sharma by more than 30,000 votes.
A total of Six Lok Sabha bypolls have been held this year and the BJP has failed to win a single seat across four states - Rajasthan, West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh and Bihar. In 2017, the BJP had lost Gurdaspur seat in Punjab to Congress.