BJP Wins Lucknow and Kannauj SP
The counting of votes for 476 posts of block panchayat chiefs in Uttar Pradesh ended on Saturday. Voting is held Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The winning candidates will be awarded certificates today. BJP has won all the seats in 8 blocks in Lucknow and Kannauj. The saffron party has won six of the eight seats in Muradabad and three of the six seats in Bhadohi. Out of 19 seats in Sitapur, BJP won 15 seats and SP won three seats. In Hardoi, the BJP won 14 out of 19 seats.
The SP won only one seat and the independent candidates won three seats. The ruling party in Uttar Pradesh won 14 seats in Agra unopposed. In Barauli Aheer, the BJP defeated the SP where the polls were held. Poll-post violence has been reported in several districts, according to the report. In Etawah, a police officer was slapped for allegedly biasing BJP candidates. Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath directed the officials that strict security measures should be put in place in every block where the counting is going on.
In a statement issued here, Adityanath said there should be a system in place so that the winning and losing candidates could be taken home under police protection. The police force needs to be extra vigilant and sensitive. Strict action should be taken against those who neglect the atmosphere. A total of 349 candidates for the post of Block Panchayat Head were elected unopposed on Friday, the last day for withdrawal of nomination papers, a statement issued here said.
Nominations received nomination papers, of which 68 were canceled and 187 were withdrawn, as a result, now 1,710 candidates will take part in the election on Saturday. As the State Election Commission has announced that 349 candidates have been elected unopposed, a BJP official has claimed that 334 of the winning candidates belong to the ruling party. UP BJP chief independent Swatantra Dev Singh has said that a state of development and good governance has been established in Uttar Pradesh by eradicating racism and corruption after the formation of a government led by Chief Minister Adityanath. That is why the BJP has consistently won the three-tier panchayat elections, which is a stamp of public approval in the BJP’s policy, “he said in an earlier statement.”
Opposition parties, including the Samajwadi Party, the Bahujan Samaj Party, and the Congress, have accused the ruling BJP of undermining democracy in the election of field panchayat chiefs and attacking it for showing “extreme disrespect” to women during the election process. They accused the government of using power and official machinery in panchayat elections. Targeting the BJP government, BSP chief Mayawati alleged that the state was ruled by jungles.
In a tweet in Hindi on Saturday, he said, “There is no rule of law in UP during the current BJP government, but there is a jungle king, under which there has been widespread violence in the panchayat polls, a woman in Lakhimpur Kheri has been obscene abused. The rule of law and democracy?