The counting of the votes began on Sunday morning in more than 825 centers in the 75 districts of Uttar Pradesh
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As the vote count in panchayat polls progressed across Uttar Pradesh, political parties claimed remarkable performances on Tuesday, apparently taking advantage of the fact that these elections were not contested on party symbols.
A senior State Election Commission (SEC) official said Tuesday evening that the counting of the votes would likely continue late into the night.
However, he could not specify the number of seats in progress. The counting of the votes began Sunday morning in more than 825 centers across the 75 districts of Uttar Pradesh.
More than 8.69 lakh positions were up for grabs in these polls. Of these positions, over 7.32 lakh seats were in gram panchayat rooms, 58,176 in gram panchayats, 75,852 in kshetra (block) panchayats, and 3,050 in zila panchayats.
The BJP claimed that 918 party candidates were elected for the zila panchayats, while more than 500 are leading.
In a statement released here, Uttar Pradesh BJP leader Swatantra Deo Singh said on Monday that in the state’s three-tier panchayat election, more than 45,000 party-backed candidates won the village pradhan post, while more than 60,000 party-backed candidates emerged victorious as members of the kshetra panchayats.
“No less than 918 candidates backed by the party won the post of members of zila panchayat,” he said.
“Out of more than 450 seats, the party-backed candidates have taken a decisive lead,” Singh said, attributing the performance to rural development and the welfare of farmers ensured by the Yogi Adityanath government in the state.
The Samajwadi Party also won a big victory over the BJP in the polls.
The SP claimed to have won more than half of the positions in the district panchayats, while alleging that the administration did not issue certificates to its candidates. An SP bureau member said he has so far won more than 800 member seats in the panchayat district (out of a total of 3,050). He alleged that BJP men abuse official mechanisms and count independent candidates as those they support.
The SP has not yet published the list of its laureates.
Supreme leader of the Samajwadi party, Akhilesh Yadav, meanwhile said on Tuesday that in UP panchayat polls, people put his party first and said they had done a tremendous job of saving democracy by electing the candidates of his side.
“Even in the Prime Minister’s constituency (Varanasi) and CM territory (Gorakhpur), the BJP must have tasted defeat. In Lucknow, too, the BJP must have tasted defeat despite misuse of official mechanisms,” said the head of the SP.
He said: “The results of the panchayat elections have shown that the BJP is now a sinking ship. Signals from the panchayat polls in the state show that the BJP will be wiped out in 2022 (elections to the Assembly of the ‘UP), “he said.
“There are a few days left for the formation of the SP government and the dismissal of the current BJP government,” said the opposition leader. Besides the BJP and the Samajwadi Party, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) also scored big victories in the election of the Uttar Pradesh panchayat.
PAA MP Rajya Sabha Sanjay Singh said 70 candidates backed by his party were elected members of zila panchayat. More than 200 AAP members bagged village pradhan posts, he said.
Congress said on Tuesday that 389 party-backed candidates won the post of zila panchayat member in the ongoing panchayat elections in Uttar Pradesh, a top party leader said.
“No less than 389 party-backed candidates won the post of zila panchayat member in the state’s ongoing panchayat elections,” UP Congress leader Ajay Kumar Lallu told PTI.
He said a large number of party-backed candidates also won the post of pradhan of the village panchayats. The state election commission said more than 3.19 lakh candidates were unopposed in the panchayat election. Votes were counted to declare the results of over 3.27 lakh panchayat positions.
The rest of the posts went unchallenged, the commission said. Uttar Pradesh held panchayat polls in four phases, ending April 29. The election took place at four levels of panchayat bodies – gram panchayat, gram pradhan, block panchayat and zila panchayat.