THE RULING Samajwadi Party has claimed victory of as many as 623 candidates it had supported in the election for the post of block development committee chairperson, results of which were announced Sunday.
Issuing a statement, SP spokesperson Rajendra Chaudhary said the victory of SP-supported candidates on “80 per cent of BDC chairperson’s posts” comes after its candidates won 60 out of 74 posts of zila panchayat chairpersons recently.
He called the results “a mandate in favour of Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav” and shows that the people’s faith in SP at the village-level has grown.
BJP spokesperson Vijay Bahadur Pathak said the party had asked its local units to project candidates and added that the number of those who have won “will be known in a few days”.
“The elections were not contested at the party’s level. And the blatant misuse of government machinery by the SP says all about the elections. When the SP did not contest the elections for the members of zila panchayat and BDC, how can it claim to own chairpersons’ posts and say that it is a mandate for Akhilesh?” Pathak asked.
Congress’s chairperson of its communication department Satyadeo Tripathi said the party is yet to collect details about how party-supported candidates performed in the BDC chairpersons’ elections. Congress had also asked its district units to support candidates but Tripathi said the party was yet to get details from its district units.
The panchayat elections in Uttar Pradesh are not contested on party symbols. BSP did not project any official candidates in elections for BDC members.
According to the State Election Commission, chairpersons of 385 blocks out of 793 were elected unopposed. In Amroha district, all the BDC chairpersons got elected unopposed. The election for block development committe chairpersons’ posts in Allahabad and Chitrakoot districts will be held on February 10.
There are a total of 816 blocks in 74 districts in the state for which new chairpersons were to be elected.