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Samajwadi Party ahead in Uttar Pradesh panchayat polls, BJP opens back-channel talks with Independents | Lucknow News – Times of India

The Samajwadi Party (SP) is surging ahead in the Uttar Pradesh panchayat polls

LUCKNOW/AGRA: The Samajwadi Party (SP) is surging ahead in the Uttar Pradesh panchayat polls, thought of the bellwether of the excessive-stakes meeting polls subsequent 12 months, with counting tendencies indicating that SP-supported candidates have been frontrunners in 747 zila panchayat wards, whereas BJP-backed nominees have been main or have received 666 seats.
This has led to BJP scrambling to open back-channel negotiations with Independents who’ve received or are main in 3,050 zila panchayat wards to grab management excessive tier of rural native our bodies.
Top sources in BJP mentioned, the get together is making an attempt to achieve out to 1,238 Independent candidates to wrest most posts of zila panchayat chairpersons, which might be held by means of oblique election.
Trends present BSP and Congress supported candidates have been main on greater than 322 and 77 zila panchayat wards, respectively.
Though panchayat polls are usually not contested on get together symbols, events area their candidates and election campaigns are carried out in a centralised method.
A senior BJP functionary confirmed to TOI that the get together was in contact with Independents, who additionally comprise get together rebels. “Panchayat elections are more about local influential candidates who contest without support of any political party. That is the reason most winners or frontrunners are Independents. We fielded our party functionaries to cultivate grassroots leadership, which holds the key for any political party,” mentioned UP BJP vice-president and get together in-charge for panchayat elections, Vijay Bahadur Pathak.
While Pathak refused to touch upon back-channel talks with Independents, specialists mentioned that BJP enjoys the benefit of being the ruling get together and would garner the assist of Independents to win zila panchayat chairperson posts.
BJP fared poorly even in locations the place it supplied strategic assist. In Mainpuri, the get together didn’t take benefit of roping in Sandhya Yadav, niece of Samajwadi Party patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav. Sandhya was defeated by SP-backed candidate Pramod Yadav. While SP received 12 seats, BJP acquired eight seats. Congress received one seat and 9 went to Independent candidates.
In Aligarh, Independents stole the present by successful 21 of the 47 seats. BJP and SP received 9 and 7 seats, respectively.
SP chief spokesperson Rajendra Chaudhary mentioned the get together’s spectacular efficiency was regardless of BJP deploying its complete political equipment, together with MPs, MLAs and ministers, in the villages. “The voting pattern in panchayat elections is a pointer to what lies in store in the 2022 assembly elections. People have understood the real face and governance of BJP,” he mentioned.
Chaudhary claimed the get together had additionally determined to depart seats the place Independent candidates have been in a greater place. “Independents won’t get trampled upon by BJP,” he mentioned.
State BJP secretary Vijay Shivhare, nevertheless, claimed that the majority of the Independent candidates who received have been from BJP, so the get together had “gained significantly”.

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