UP Zila Parishad 2021 election results: the BJP wins big; Samajwadi party decimated | India News

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LUCKNOW: Months before the high-stakes UP assembly elections, the BJP was shot in the arm as its supported candidates won 66 of 75 seats in Zila Panchayat’s presidential election. No less than 21 of them had already won unopposed – including in Varanasi and Gorakhpur – at the time of the nomination last week while the candidates backed by the party emerged victorious in 45 of the 53 seats for which the ballot was conducted on Saturday. A candidate backed by his ally Apna Dal won another seat, bringing the NDA’s total to 67.
Apna Dal (S)-backed candidate Rita Patel, however, suffered a defeat in Jaunpur where independent candidate Srikala Reddy, wife of mafia politician-turned-Dhananjay Singh, emerged as the winner. The party led by Anupriya Patel backed candidate Radhika Patel, although he won over Sonebhadra, defeating Jai Prakash Pandey of the SP, aka Chokhur Pandey.

Immediately after the announcement of the results, Prime Minister Narednra Modi tweeted: “The election victory of President Zila Panchayat has been a blessing to the people for development, public service and the rule of law. Credit goes to the policies of CM Yogi Adityanath and the workers of the BJP. Congratulations to the UP government and the BJP organization.

Home Secretary Amit Shah, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, UP BJP official Radha Mohan Singh and Swatantra party leader Dev Singh hailed the landslide victory of the BJP-backed candidates. However, SP leader Akhilesh Yadav called it a “flagrant abuse of power” by the ruling party.
Candidates backed by the Samjawadi party could only win five seats, including Etawah, which the party led by Akhilesh Yadav won unopposed after the BJP failed to field its candidate. The other seats that the SP-backed candidates won were Etah, Sant Kabirnagar, Azamgarh and Ballia.

The ruling party has a clear advantage in polls of zila panchayat presidents and even those who win as independents often side with dispensing with power for obvious reasons, says a political analyst. “But even then, the defeat of the SP in its strongholds like Mainpuri, Kannauj, Badaun, Firozabad and Farrukhabad is a big setback for the party which claims to be the BJP’s biggest challenger in the next legislative elections,” he adds. .
The electoral battle in rural local bodies remained largely a one-sided struggle in favor of the BJP which not only received support from independents but also from constituency members backed by the BSP after Mayawati party leader is firmly positioned against his pet peeve, SP, and has announced that he will not participate in the elections for the ZP president. It was also reported that members supported by the SP cross-voted in favor of the BJP, notably in Ayodhya.
The BJP’s victory was particularly significant in Ayodhya and Mathura – the epicenter of Hindutva politics – where the BJP had faced a formidable challenge from the opposition, mainly the SP, in the ZP district elections. On Saturday, however, BJP-backed candidates easily navigated the two districts. In Ayodhya, BJP’s Roli Singh, considered close to local MP Lallu Singh, beat SP-backed Indu Sen Yadav, the daughter-in-law of SP strongman and former MP, the late Mitra Sen Yadav.
Likewise, in Mathura, Kisan Singh, supported by the BJP, defeated Rajendra Singh Sikarwar of the RLD. The political formation led by Jayant Chaudhary, however, saw its backing candidate, Mamta, prevail over Baghpat in the western district of the UP, from which he contested after forging an unexpected alliance with the SP.
A lively contest was seen in Unnao where BJP-backed candidate Shakun Singh – widow of the slain SP MLC, Ajit Singh – defeated independent candidate Arun Singh, considered close to expelled BJP MP Kuldeep Singh Senger, who is in prison for rape a minor. The BJP had previously backed Arun but backed down after Unnao’s rape survivor wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and CM Yogi Adityanth. In fact, the BJP first announced its support for Sangeeta, Kuldeep Senger’s wife, for the ZP neighborhood polls. The party, however, canceled his candidacy after a hustle and bustle.
Candidates backed by the BJP also won the congressional pocket district of Rae Bareli (Ranjana Chaudhary) and Amethi (Rajesh Agrahari). Rajesh happens to be a local businessman engaged in the manufacture of spices.
Reacting to the poll results, CM Yogi said the victory of the BJP-backed candidates was a reflection of the public-focused policies and measures taken by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. “It was also an indication of people’s confidence in the ruling BJP’s ‘sushashan’. It would strengthen the Panchayati Raj system in the state,” Yogi said in a tweet. UP BJP leader Swatantra Dev Singh said it was because of the hard work of party workers and the popularity of Prime Minister Modi and CM Yogi that led to the victory of the candidates backed by the party. BJP.
Although undisputed over party symbols, polls from rural local bodies turned into a prestige contest after the BJP officially announced its supported candidates, fueling a political frenzy in the opposition camp, mainly the SP. Experts said the BJP will step up efforts to increase its footprint in rural areas, which will determine its electoral outlook in the 2022 parliamentary elections.



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