UP local body polls: The BJP took 67 seats in the zila panchayat chairperson election where 75 seats were at stake.
The BJP clinched a massive victory in local body elections in Uttar Pradesh, in a big setback for Akhilesh Yadav’s Samajwadi Party. The BJP took 67 seats in the zila panchayat chairperson election where 75 seats were at stake. Mr Yadav’s party won only five seats. The Rashtriya Lok Dal, Jansatta Dal and an independent candidate won a seat each.
In comparison, back in the same election in 2016, Mr Yadav’s party took 60 of the 75 seats. Those analysing the elections, however, say the local body polls are unlikely to be any indicator of which direction the wind will blow in the assembly election next year, which will also serve as an ultimate test for Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath of the BJP. Yet, the local body elections are being keenly watched.
Samajwadi Party workers who held a street protest on Saturday alleging rigging in the local body election in Prayagraj, formerly Allahabad, were met with police baton charge.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted about the win: “The glorious victory of BJP in the UP District Panchayat elections is the blessing given by the people for development, public service and rule of law. The credit for this goes to the policies of Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and the tireless hard work of the party workers.”
“The BJP has won 67 out of 75 district panchayat chairperson seats. We will win 2022 assembly elections also,” UP BJP chief Swatantra Dev Singh told news agency ANI.
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