New Delhi, March 15: Reiterating that the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) defeat in Gorakhpur bypoll was unexpected, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Thursday expressed confidence that his party will deliver a solid performance in 2019 Lok Sabha election. Adityanath admitted that the BJP was ‘overconfident’ of a win in Gorakhpur, his hometown, which cost the party dearly.Also Read - Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath's 'Gullu' Is An Internet Sensation. Have You Seen Pics Yet?

“I will call it unforeseen because Gorakhpur was my constituency for a long time. We must take defeat as a lesson and I am sure the BJP will get its act together, and perform brilliantly in the 2019 Lok Sabha polls,” Adityanath told Times of India in an interview. Also Read - 'Expecting Suggestions From High Command by Evening', Karnataka CM Yediyurappa on Possible Exit | Key Points

Samajwadi Party candidate Pravin Kumar Nishad won Gorakhpur seat vacated by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, defeating the BJP’s Upendra Dutt Shukla by 21,881 votes. In Phulpur, SP’s Nagendra Singh Patel defeated his nearest BJP opponent by 59,613 votes. The bypolls were being seen as a litmust test for both Adityanath and his party before the next year’s general elections. Also Read - Karnataka: Who Will be The Next CM if BS Yediyurappa Quits? Check List of Probable Names Here

Yogi Adityanath, who will complete a year as CM of Uttar Pradesh on March 19, listed the achievements of his government in the last 12 months while accusing the previous governments in the state of working to destroy institutions. (Also Read: In Uttar Pradesh, Bihar Bypolls, is There a Message For The BJP?)

Adityanath added that the BJP government has been working tirelessly to change the image of Uttar Pradesh and transform it into one of the most developed states of the country.

“When the BJP came to power last year, Uttar Pradesh’s infrastructure was in shambles. Uttar Pradesh was known for pothole-filled roads, poor condition of electricity supply but our government has worked tirelessly to change all that in last 12 months,” Adityanath said.

Recalling the days of Samajawadi Party rule in the state when places like Saifai, Mainpuri, Azamgarh were treated like ‘VIP’ zones and provided 24×7 electricity, Adityanath said, “No one is a VIP in a democracy, everybody is equal. When we came to power, we decided to provide electicity to every district equally.”

Responding to recent surge in police encounters in his state, Yogi Adityanath made it clear that criminals will be dealt with iron hands. “We will deal with crime and corruption in Uttar Pradesh with zero tolerance,” the UP CM said.