Candidates and their followers ready for outcomes as Officers busy Counting of votes of Zila and Gram Panchayat in Prayagraj (PTI)
LUCKNOW/AGRA: The Samajwadi Get together (SP) is surging forward within the Uttar Pradesh panchayat polls, thought-about the bellwether of the high-stakes meeting polls subsequent yr, with counting traits indicating that SP-supported candidates have been frontrunners in 747 zila panchayat wards, whereas BJP-backed nominees have been main or have gained 666 seats.
This has led to BJP scrambling to open back-channel negotiations with Independents who’ve gained or are main in 3,050 zila panchayat wards to grab management excessive tier of rural native our bodies.
High sources in BJP mentioned, the occasion is attempting to succeed in out to 1,238 Unbiased candidates to wrest most posts of zila panchayat chairpersons, which might be held by oblique election.
Traits present BSP and Congress supported candidates have been main on greater than 322 and 77 zila panchayat wards, respectively.
Although panchayat polls aren’t contested on occasion symbols, events area their candidates and election campaigns are carried out in a centralised method.
A senior BJP functionary confirmed to that the occasion was in contact with Independents, who additionally comprise occasion rebels. “Panchayat elections are extra about native influential candidates who contest with out help of any political occasion. That’s the reason most winners or frontrunners are Independents. We fielded our occasion functionaries to domesticate grassroots management, which holds the important thing for any political occasion,” mentioned UP BJP vice-president and occasion in-charge for panchayat elections, Vijay Bahadur Pathak.
Whereas Pathak refused to touch upon back-channel talks with Independents, consultants mentioned that BJP enjoys the benefit of being the ruling occasion and would garner the help of Independents to win zila panchayat chairperson posts.
BJP fared poorly even in locations the place it offered strategic help. In Mainpuri, the occasion didn’t benefit from roping in Sandhya Yadav, niece of Samajwadi Get together patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav. Sandhya was defeated by SP-backed candidate Pramod Yadav. Whereas SP gained 12 seats, BJP obtained eight seats. Congress gained one seat and 9 went to Unbiased candidates.
In Aligarh, Independents stole the present by successful 21 of the 47 seats. BJP and SP gained 9 and 7 seats, respectively.
SP chief spokesperson Rajendra Chaudhary mentioned the occasion’s spectacular efficiency was regardless of BJP deploying its total political equipment, together with MPs, MLAs and ministers, within the villages. “The voting sample in panchayat elections is a pointer to what lies in retailer within the 2022 meeting elections. Individuals have understood the actual face and governance of BJP,” he mentioned.
Chaudhary claimed the occasion had additionally determined to depart seats the place Unbiased candidates have been in a greater place. “Independents will not get trampled upon by BJP,” he mentioned.
State BJP secretary Vijay Shivhare, nonetheless, claimed that a lot of the Unbiased candidates who gained have been from BJP, so the occasion had “gained considerably”.