More than 333,000 candidates are within the fray this time in over 221,000 seats for the posts of district council members, block panchayat members, village panchayat heads and wards
Lucknow: Voting for the primary of the four-phase Uttar Pradesh panchayat elections, seen as a semi-final to the 2022 Assembly election, started on Thursday in 18 districts with poll papers.
More than 3.33 lakh candidates within the fray for over 2.21 lakh seats within the first part for the posts of zila panchayat (district council) members, kshetra (block) panchayat members, village panchayat heads and wards.
“The polling is going on smoothly and no problem is reported from anywhere in the state. The polling, which started at 7 am, will continue till 8 pm,” a senior State Election Commission (SEC) official mentioned.
In Jhansi, Nirmala Sahu, a lady polling officer posted at Jauri Bujurg, a polling centre in Badagaon block died after she felt uneasiness, Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP), City, Vivek Tripathi mentioned.
The girl felt uneasiness and earlier than she could possibly be rushed to hospital she died, the ASP mentioned, including that the precise reason behind her demise could possibly be ascertained after autopsy.
Gorakhpur: Residents of Vantangia villages forged their votes for panchayat polls, for the primary time ever. The villages had been declared income village by CM Yogi Adityanath in 2018. Voting for the primary part of UP Panchayat polls are being held right now. pic.twitter.com/kzfr5GmeZa
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The districts the place polling is underway embrace Ayodhya, Agra, Kanpur, Ghaziabad, Gorakhpur, Jaunpur, Jhansi, Allahabad, Bareilly, Bhadohi, Mahoba, Rampur, Raebareli, Shravasti, Sant Kabir Nagar, Saharanpur, Hardoi and Hathras.
For the submit of zila panchayat members, 11,442 candidates are within the fray from 779 wards, whereas as many as 81,747 candidates are contesting in 19,313 wards of kshetra panchayats.
For the gram panchayat, there are 1,14,142 candidates for 14,789 posts. For gram panchayat wards, there are 1,26,613 candidates for 1,86,583 seats.
Apart from events just like the BJP, BSP, Samajwadi Party and the Congress, amongst these within the race are the AIMIM, Aam Aadmi Party and Bhim Army chief Chandra Shekhar Aazad’s Azad Samaj Party, that are making their debut within the state. The AIMIM will contest polls with the Suheldev Bhartiya Samaj Party.
The candidates will, nonetheless, contest on “free symbols” given the the Election Commission.
Expressing confidence over Congress’ efficiency, state spokesperson Ashok Singh had mentioned the panchayat elections would spring a shock within the state as it will carry out “brilliantly”.
“People who are virtually fed up with the misrule and misgovernance of the four-year-old BJP government in Uttar Pradesh are looking towards the Congress with hope in their eyes,” Singh mentioned. “The panchayat elections will unfurl the wave of change in the state.”
Reacting to it, BJP state media co-convenor Navin Srivastava had mentioned: “The way in which Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath have worked for the villagers, poor and farmers, it is evident that the BJP will sweep the panchayat polls.”
“The work done by the government in arranging ration and employment for lakhs of people who migrated back to the state during the corona pandemic will help the BJP to win the election,” Srivastava mentioned.
In view of the coronavirus scenario, the State Election Commission (SEC) had mentioned in March that no more than 5 individuals could be allowed to accompany a candidate throughout door-to-door campaigning for the panchayat elections.
Additional Election Commissioner Ved Prakash Verma had mentioned a three-member crew was fashioned underneath the extra district magistrates to make sure the directives issued by the SEC had been being adopted.
At the district-level, the chief medical officers had been made nodal officers.
The Allahabad High Court had requested the state authorities to finish the panchayat-election course of by 25 May.
The voting for the second part will probably be on 19 April, the third on 26 April and the fourth part on 29 April, whereas the votes will probably be counted on 2 May together with the Assembly election outcomes of 5 states