Uttar Pradesh district panchayat chairman election; Sweep BJP, SP setback

Lucknow: Opposition parties have suffered a major setback in the Uttar Pradesh local body elections ahead of next year’s assembly elections. The BJP won a landslide victory in the elections for 75 district panchayat chairman posts.

While the BJP won 65 district panchayat chairman seats, the main opposition party, the Samajwadi Party, was reduced to six. While the others won four seats, the Congress could not win any seats.

Out of 75, 22 district panchayat presidents were earlier elected unopposed. 21 BJP chairmen and one SP chairman were elected unopposed. Elections were held on Saturday from 11 am to 3 pm to find the remaining 53 district panchayat chairpersons.

District Panchayat Presidents are elected by elected representatives. Although the election is not on a separate party basis, the chairperson candidates will have the support of various parties. BSP chief Mayawati has said she will not contest the district panchayat polls as the party needs to be strengthened ahead of next year’s assembly elections.

The four-phase Uttar Pradesh panchayat elections ended last month. In this, BJP and SP were in agreement. It is also noteworthy that SP had won 60 seats in the 2016 elections for the post of District Panchayat Chairman.

At the same time, Akhilesh Yadav has accused the BJP government of hijacking elections this time.