LUCKNOW: Reacting to the BJP’s loss in the Kairana bypoll, Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav said it was a defeat for those who did not believe in democracy. Calling it a victory for “the farmers, the neglected, the poor, and the Dalits”, he said the people of Uttar Pradesh taught the BJP a lesson for “betraying them”.Akhilesh Yadav said, “I want to congratulate all the people, farmers, Dalits etc. who voted for us. This is a defeat for those who do not believe in democracy. People have given a befitting reply to the BJP. The people who were trying to divide the nation have got a befitting reply”.“People of the state have taught them a lesson for betraying them. UP government has repeatedly fooled the people. Farmers were told that their loans were waived but instead they lost their lives,” he said.“This is a victory for the farmers, the neglected, the poor and the Dalits,” he added.The joint candidates of opposition parties won the Lok Sabha bypoll in Kairana and the assembly bypoll in Noorpur.Akhilesh Yadav thanked the Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) chief Ajit Singh, RLD leader Jayant Chaudhary for holding the fort against the BJP in Kairana and recalled the legacy of former Prime Minister Charan Singh.The SP leader also thanked the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), Mahan Party, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), Nishad Party.
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