Violence in a number of locations on Saturday tarred native polls in Uttar Pradesh, the place political developments have assumed heightened significance forward of the all-important state elections early subsequent 12 months.
There have been reviews of violence from the Hamirpur district the place opposition Samajwadi Party staff alleged that BJP activists attacked them with sticks and stopped their voters from reaching the polling cubicles. Policemen have been additionally crushed up within the conflict and automobiles broken.
In Chandauli district too BJP and Samajwadi staff clashed, with incidents of stone-throwing and bikes being vandalised. The police had to make use of sticks to beat again the preventing political staff. Similar incidents have been reported in Etawah and Ayodhya districts amongst others as properly.
Counting of votes for the 476 posts of block panchayat chiefs was underway after the polling ended at 3 pm, the State Election Commission mentioned.
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath directed officers to make sure tight safety preparations at every block the place counting is going down.
Amid reviews of clashes in a number of locations, Adityanath mentioned there ought to be a system to escort the candidates to their properties below police safety.
“The police force should remain extra alert and sensitive. Stringent action should be initiated against people who indulge in vitiating the atmosphere,” he mentioned in an announcement.
A complete of 349 candidates for the block panchayat chief posts have been elected unopposed on Friday, the final day for the withdrawal of nomination papers.
In an announcement on Friday, State Election Commissioner Manoj Kumar had mentioned 1,778 nomination papers have been obtained for 825 posts of the block panchayat chief, of which 68 have been cancelled and 187 withdrawn.
As a outcome, now 1,710 candidates will go into the elections on Saturday, he had mentioned.
As the State Election Commission introduced that candidates on 349 posts have been elected unopposed, an office-bearer of the BJP claimed that 334 among the many successful candidates belonged to the ruling celebration.
Opposition events, together with the Samajwadi Party, the Bahujan Samaj Party and the Congress, have accused the ruling BJP of stomping on democratic ideas and attacked it for allegedly exhibiting “utter disrespect” to ladies through the election course of.
They accused the federal government of misusing energy and official equipment within the panchayat elections.
Hitting out on the BJP authorities, BSP chief Mayawati alleged that there’s “jungle raj” within the state.
In a tweet in Hindi on Saturday, she mentioned, “In the reign of the present BJP government in UP, there is no rule of law, but a jungle raj is prevailing there, under which there has been widespread violence in the panchayat polls, and there was indecent behaviour with a woman in Lakhimpur Kheri.”
Earlier this week, the BJP clinched a large victory in one other set of native physique elections in Uttar Pradesh, in a giant setback for Akhilesh Yadav’s Samajwadi Party. The BJP took 67 seats within the zila panchayat chairperson election the place 75 seats have been at stake. Mr Yadav’s celebration received solely 5 seats.
(With inputs from PTI)
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