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Awadhesh Prasad, a 9-time MLA who is among the key Dalit faces of the SP, defeated Lallu Singh, who changed into looking for to be re-elected for the 0.33 time, by means of a margin of fifty four,567 votes.


Around a kilometre from the Government Inter College in Ayodhya, which serves as the counting centre for the Faizabad Lok Sabha seat, Laxmikant Tiwari sits inside the close to abandoned BJP election office in Ayodhya, surrounded with the aid of a few others with lengthy faces. Minutes in the past, the BJP’s Lok Sabha candidate, Lallu Singh, had common defeat to Awadesh Prasad of the Samajwadi Party.


“We worked definitely tough, we fought for this, however Ram Mandir consecration did not convert into votes,” says Tiwari, the BJP’s counting agent for the seat.


Barely four months after the consecration of the Ram temple – a few of the BJP’s key ideological tasks and one among its largest calling playing cards this election – the birthday celebration lost the Faizabad Lok Sabha seat of which Ayodhya is a part. Even for an election that defied all exit polls predictions and saw the BJP falling well short of its own goal of 370 seats, the loss in Ayodhya changed into specifically stark.


“There had been neighborhood issues that took centre level. Many villages in Ayodhya were angry with the land acquisition that changed into taking place across the temple and the airport. Also, the BSP votes were transferred to the SP because Awadesh Prasad is a Dalit leader,” says Tiwari.


Awadhesh Prasad, a nine-time MLA who is most of the key Dalit faces of the SP, defeated Lallu Singh, who was in search of to be re-elected for the 1/3 time, by way of a margin of 54,567 votes.


Prasad told The Indian Express after his win, “This is a ancient victory due to the fact our national president, Akhilesh Yadav, fielded me from a wellknown seat…People have supported me regardless of caste and community.”


In the exquisite defeat of the BJP are echoes of unemployment, inflation, land acquisition and talk of “adjustments within the Constitution”.


In the run-as much as the elections, outgoing MP Lallu Singh became a few of the BJP leaders who said that the celebration wanted 400 seats to “change the Constitution”.


Waiting outside the counting centre, 27-year-old Vijay Yadav, a resident of Mitrasenpur village, says, “The MP have to not have stated this. The Constitution changed into one of the key problems that Awadhesh Prasad (the triumphing SP candidate) picked up and took it to his rallies.”

“The paper leak was another massive aspect. I am additionally a sufferer of this… Because I don’t have a activity, I actually have commenced operating with my father on our fields. People voted for exchange right here because our MP did not do any paintings right here, besides for whitewashing his screw ups with the Ram Mandir and Ram Path (one of the four roads leading to Ayodhya),” Yadav adds.


Outside the BJP office, Arvind Tiwari, who identifies himself as a “BJP supporter”, says the grandeur of the Ram Mandir may have inspired outsiders, but the citizens of the city have been sad with the inconvenience they had been subjected to.


“The fact is, very few Ayodhya wasi visit the temple, maximum of the devotees right here are outsiders. Ram hamare aaradhya hain (We worship Ram), however how can we live to tell the tale in case you take away our livelihoods? During the construction of Ram Path, locals were promised that they would be allocated shops. That did no longer take place,” he says.


On his plans for Ayodhya, SP’s prevailing candidate stated, “So many people were uprooted via the BJP authorities (for the duration of work on widening of roads main to the temple). I will paintings to resettle them. I may also paintings to provide right reimbursement to the ones whose lands had been taken away.”


Mohd. Israel Ghosi, who runs a small tent residence, says there was a variety of anti-incumbency towards Lallu Singh. “He did now not do any paintings for the human beings of Ayodhya. Whatever paintings become achieved changed into for outsiders. The BJP forgot to paintings for Ayodhya’s personal human beings. Also, Lallu Singh stated that the BJP needed four hundred seats to alternate the Constitution. That made humans very indignant. Singh notion he became invincible, however he forgot that democracy works wonders,” says Ghosi.


After the Samajwadi Party’s win, spokesperson Pawan Pandey stated, “The BJP cheated humans inside the call of the Ram Mandir… These humans do commercial enterprise in the name of Ram, and Lord Ram has punished them by way of casting off them.”


Addressing party people at the BJP’s election workplace in Ayodhya, Lallu Singh admitted defeat and stated, “I couldn’t uphold Ayodhya’s honour. There may had been some fault in me. I will introspect why this befell regardless of the Modi-Yogi leadership.”


A day earlier than the effects came out, Iqbal Ansari, the ex-litigant in the Babri Masjid demolition case, said Muslims in Ayodhya do not want the Masjid difficulty to be added up “over and over”. Expressing the hope that the candidate would win, he stated, “Yeh Ayodhya hai, yahan dharma hai, adharm nahi.”

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