On Tuesday, the district panchayat president was elected unopposed in 22 of the 75 seats. The BJP won 21 seats and the Samajwadi Party one seat. The remaining 53 seats were up for grabs on Saturday. The District Panchayat Presidents are elected by elected representatives.
Candidates get support from different parties even though the election is not on a separate party basis. BSP chief Mayawati has said she will not contest the panchayat polls. The Uttar Pradesh panchayat elections, which were held in four phases, ended last month. In this, BJP and SP were in agreement.
In the 2016 elections for the post of District Panchayat President, SP had won 60 out of 75 seats. Shortly afterwards, the BJP won a landslide victory in the 2017 assembly elections. So while this result cannot be said to be a signpost to the Assembly elections, it will give confidence to Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath. SP activists staged protests in various places against the election result.
English Summary: Big Win For BJP In UP Local Body Polls, Setback For Akhilesh Yadav