India News

Reasons For BJP's Poor Performance In UP

Reasons For BJP's Poor Performance In UP

The BJP's poor performance in Uttar Pradesh during the Lok Sabha elections was attributed to internal party dissent and lack of support from district administration according to a task force report given to Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath. 

The BJP's seats fell from 62 in 2019 to 33 in 2024. Following the report, Adityanath transferred 12 district magistrates, mostly from constituencies where the BJP lost.

The report cited issues with ticket distribution, the opposition's strong narrative, and a shift of BSP voters to the Samajwadi Party as reasons for the losses. 

Controversial comments by Rajya Sabha MP Parshottam Rupala also sparked backlash among Thakur groups impacting BJP’s performance in UP’s Thakur dominated Purvanchal region where their seats dropped significantly.

Influential Thakur leaders like Raja Bhaiya and other notable politicians did not support the BJP further weakening the party's stance. 

Internal conflicts especially among the Thakur community and issues with key candidates also contributed to the BJP's decline. 

The opposition’s ‘Threat to Constitution’ narrative was particularly damaging.