Lucknow, Jul 9 (PTI) A total of 349 candidates for the block panchayat chief polls in Uttar Pradesh were elected unopposed on Friday, the last day for the withdrawal of nomination papers. Now, the elections will be held for 476 posts on Saturday.
In a statement, State Election Commissioner Manoj Kumar said 1,778 nomination papers were received for 825 posts of the block panchayat chief, of which 68 were cancelled and 187 withdrawn. As a result, now 1,710 candidates will go into the elections on Saturday, he said. Kumar said the polling will be held from 11 am to 3 pm and the counting will take place after that.
As the State Election Commission announced that candidates on 349 posts have been elected unopposed, an office bearer of the BJP claimed that 334 of the winning candidates belonged to the ruling party.
State unit president of the BJP, Swatantra Dev Singh, in a statement said that after the formation of the BJP government under the leadership of Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath in Uttar Pradesh, a state of development and good governance has been established by eliminating casteism and corruption.
'This is the reason that even in the three-tier panchayat elections, the BJP is continuously achieving victory. This victory is the stamp of people's approval on the policies of the BJP,' he said.
On the other hand, Opposition parties, including the Samajwadi Party, Bahujan Samaj Party and the Congress, have accused the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party of damaging democracy in the election of kshetra panchayat chiefs and attacked it for allegedly showing utter disrespect to women during the election process.
They have accused the government of misusing power and official machinery in the panchayat elections. PTI SAB KJ