UP Panchayat Election Results 2021: BJP facing crushing defeat

After West Bengal, the BJP is now facing a crushing defeat in Panchayat elections of Uttar Pradesh as results till now suggest

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NH Correspondent/Lucknow

After Bengal, the ruling BJP is now a crushing defeat in Panchayat elections of Uttar Pradesh where the ruling party candidates have lost elections in many districts. Though the major beneficiaries in Gram Sabha are independent candidates, the Samajwadi Party has done well in district level elections.

The indication available shows that in district Panchayat elections, the Samajwadi Party has done exceptionally well. Many relatives of the ruling BJP have lost to the SP or the independent candidates in this election.

Sarita, the daughter in law of BJP MP Kaushal Kishore lost the District Panchayat election in Mohanlalganj. This defeat speaks volumes about BJP losing ground in the outskirts of Lucknow because besides Kishore being MP himself, his wife Jaya Devi is MLA from Malihabad constituency.

The SP MLA from Mohanlalganj Ambrish proved his dominance as his wife Vijay Laxmi emerged winner by defeating the BJP candidate.

Reports coming from across the state suggest that in the District Panchayat elections, SP and BSP have maintained their winning spree. In Mainpuri, Sandhya Yadav, niece of SP patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav, who contested election on BJP ticket lost to the SP supported candidate. She lost the election by 1905 votes. In Mathura, BJP supported candidate Chanda Devi lost to Dev Vati, an independent candidate by over 12,000 votes.

Dev Vati is daughter in law of Cabinet minister Chaudhry Laxmi Narayan. When BJP denied ticket to his wife Mamata Chaudhry, he fielded his daughter in law who defeated the official BJP candidate. In Hathras independent Seema Upadhaya, who is a former MP, defeated BJP candidate Ritu Upadhaya.

In Etawah, Akhilesh Yadav's cousin has won the election. He also had support of Shivpal Singh Yadav’s party. Senior BJP leader and state cabinet minister Ramapati Shastri's nephew lost the Pradhan elections in Mankapur area of Gonda district. The daughter-in-law of Ajay Singh, BJP MLA in Basti district, lost in BDC elections

As the results are still pouring in, the game of claims and counter claims has begun. Political parties have started claiming that they have won the election. UP BJP vice president and in charge of Panchayat polls Vijay Bahadur Pathak said that the ruling party supported candidates have won 60% seats in the state and it will further increase when all the results are declared by this afternoon.

"The party's official candidates have performed as per the expectation and even some rebels too have won. We are assessing the situation and a detailed report would be issued soon," Pathak said.

Though the political parties have fielded their candidates in the panchayat polls but symbols of the parties were not used as it is against the statute.

SP spokesperson Rajendra Chowdhury has claimed that the party candidates have performed well in the panchayat polls. "Our candidates have swept the polls in Etawah, Mainpuri, Azamgarh, Prayagraj and several other districts," he said.

“The Panchayat poll results are an encouraging sign. Our core base is intact. People voted against the ruling party. This is a sign that the BJP is on its way out,” he said.

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