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UP Panchayat Election Results 2021 Live Updates: In Ayodhya, only 8 of 40 seats go to BJP

UP Gram Panchayat Election Results 2021, Uttar Pradesh Panchayat Election/Chunav Result 2021 Live Updates: There will be a strict curfew in the entire state during the counting of votes till Tuesday morning and no victory rallies will be permitted.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: May 4, 2021 9:30:17 pm
Counting of votes begin in Prayagraj, UP on Sunday. (ANI)

UP Panchayat Election Results 2021 Live Updates: With the counting for the three-tier panchayat elections in Uttar Pradesh extending to Monday evening, both the ruling BJP and opposition Samajwadi Party claimed their candidates had won over half of the zila panchayat seats.

The BJP has won just eight out of the 40 zila panchayat seats in Ayodhya, a disappointment for the ruling party in the district on which the Centre and the state government have lavished much attention.

Vote counting for the Uttar Pradesh Panchayat Elections, which began Sunday, saw chaos and crowding in front of several counting rooms. Amid a massive Covid surge, vote counting for UP’s panchayats is taking place in a whopping 829 centres across the state.

By Sunday afternoon, 3.19 lakh candidates had been elected unopposed, the State Election Commission said.

Voting for the four-phased elections for 8.69 lakh posts ended on Thursday. A voter turnout of 75 per cent was recorded in the final phase.

There will be a strict curfew in the entire state during the counting of votes till Tuesday morning and no victory rallies will be permitted.

This comes after the Supreme Court allowed the State Election Commission to hold vote counting amid concerns over a Covid surge and the death of several teachers during poll duty. The apex court has also asked the SEC to fasten responsibility for observance of Covid-19 protocols at counting centres on gazettes officers as well as preserve CCTV footage of counting centres.

Elections were held in four levels of posts – gram panchayat, gram pradhan, block panchayat and zila panchayat. Officials expect at least half the posts of gram panchayat members to go unopposed, and 18-20% to go uncontested.

Interestingly, this is the first time all major political parties are openly backing candidates for panchayat elections — making the polls a virtual semi-final for the Assembly polls next year.

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Counting of votes begins for UP Panchayat polls; state to stay in curfew till Tuesday morning; victory rallies banned amid Covid surge. Follow this space for the latest updates.

21:30 (IST)04 May 2021
BJP takes a hit in Ayodhya, wins just 8 of 40 district-level seats

The BJP has won just eight out of the 40 zila panchayat seats in Ayodhya, a disappointment for the ruling party in the district on which the Centre and the state government have lavished much attention.

The opposition Samajwadi Party claimed to have made major gains in the panchayat elections held last month, saying candidates it backed won 22 district level seats here.

The Bahujan Samaj Party claimed its candidates won four zila panchayat seats in Ayodhya.

Contrary to the BJP's claim of overall success in the state, its Ayodhya unit has conceded that it did not do as well as expected. "The results are disappointing. Despite having sitting BJP MLAs in all constituencies in Ayodhya district, we won only eight out of 40 zila panchayat seats," BJP's district spokesperson Diwakar Singh told PTI.

The result has been particularly bad for the BJP in the Sohawal sub-district, where the administration handed over five acres for the construction of a mosque, as mandated by the Supreme Court in its 2019 verdict on the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid land dispute.

The Samajwadi Party claimed to have won three of the four zila panchayat seats there, leaving one for an independent candidate.

Commenting on the result, SP leader Awadhesh Prasad said people in rural areas are facing a lot of problems under the BJP government. Among them is the issue of stray cattle destroying crops, which he claimed has driven some farmers to suicide. PTI

17:47 (IST)04 May 2021
CM Adityanath orders large-scale testing in rural areas

Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Monday directed officials to start large scale COVID-19 testing in rural areas from May 5 in view of the rising number of cases in villages following the recently concluded panchayat polls. Meanwhile, Samajwadi Party supremo Akhilesh Yadav on Tuesday said the Uttar Pradesh government's "lie" that there is no COVID-19 spread in villages is proving to be "very deadly" for the rural areas. He claimed that there is a scarcity of fever medicines in villages, let alone oxygen and hospital beds. PTI

00:22 (IST)04 May 2021
BJP, SP claim winning half of zila panchayat seats

With the counting for the three-tier panchayat elections in Uttar Pradesh extending to Monday evening, both the ruling BJP and opposition Samajwadi Party claimed that their candidates have won over half of the zila panchayat members.

While the panchayat elections in the state are not contested on party symbols, this time both the BJP and Samajwadi Party had officially declared the names of the candidates backed by them. The Congress, too, had named its candidates on selected seats. Read more

00:10 (IST)04 May 2021
Man briefly arrested for Bulandshahr violence that led to cop's killing wins panchayat poll

Yogesh Raj, a former Bajrang Dal worker who was briefly arrested in connection with a mob violence that led to the killing of police inspector Subodh Kumar Singh in 2018 in Uttar Pradesh's Bulandshahr, has won a panchayat poll in the district, an official said on Monday.

"He had contested from ward number 5 for the panchayat polls and emerged as the winner among six candidates. His name on official records is mentioned as Yogesh Kumar," a Bulandshahr administration official told PTI.

The counting for the panchayat polls that were held last month is over but the distribution of certificates to the winners is pending, the official added. PTI

22:16 (IST)03 May 2021
1 injured in firing during counting

One person received injuries in a firing incident in a village here when counting was underway for panchayat elections in the state, police said on Monday.

The incident occurred in Gauspur village in Aaspur Devsara area on Tuesday night, they said. According to police, supporters of Dinesh Mishra, a village head candidate, opened fire after he lost polls to Vishnu Tiwari alias Sonu.

The victim was identified as Vinay Singh (30), who was apparently close to the elected candidate, Superintendent of Police (SP) Akash Tomar said.

Singh was rushed to a nearby hospital and was then taken to Allahabad for better treatment, he added.  PTI

10:57 (IST)03 May 2021
UP Panchayat polls: For 1st time in 15 years, village head not from Vikay Dubey’s family

For the first time in 15 years, the village head in Bikru, where after eight police personnel were killed in an ambush last year, is not going to be from the family of slain gangster Vikas Dubey.

The winner was Madhu, who defeated her opponent, Bindu Kumar, by 54 votes, an official said. Madhu bagged 381 votes, while Kumar got 327 votes.

There were 10 people who contested for the post, which was reserved for Scheduled Caste (SC).After winning the election, Madhu told mediapersons that she decided to contest the election to fight against injustice.For 15 years, the people of Dubey’s house won the election of village pradhan unopposed, said an official.

23:56 (IST)02 May 2021
Results likely by Monday afternoon: SEC

In a statement issued here on Sunday, the State Election Commission said according to information about poll results pouring in from different parts of Uttar Pradesh, over 1.12 lakh have emerged victorious for the post of members of village panchayat, 16,510 have won the post of pradhan of village panchayat, while 35,812 candidates have claimed victory on the post of members of kshetra panchayats.

"Counting is going on peacefully, and final results are likely to come by tomorrow (Monday) afternoon," the SEC said. PTI

17:24 (IST)02 May 2021
Health desk at every counting centre

The Uttar Pradesh Election Commission has said that at every counting centre, a health desk will be established where a doctor will be present with medicines.

Those showing symptoms of COVID-19 such as fever, cold and cough will not be allowed at the counting centres. Everyone entering the counting centre has to undergo thermal scanning, the SEC said.

It categorically stated that there will be a complete ban on victory processions.

15:56 (IST)02 May 2021
3.19 lakh candidates elected unopposed: SEC

A total of 3.19 lakh candidates have been elected unopposed in the Uttar Pradesh panchayat elections, the State Election Commission said on Sunday.     "As many as 3,19,317 candidates have been elected unopposed in the panchayat elections. This includes seven members of zila panchayat, 2,005 members of kshetra panchayat and over 3.17 lakh members who have been elected unopposed in this panchayat election. As many as 178 candidates for the post of pradhan of gram panchayats were also elected unopposed," the SEC said in a statement. PTI

13:56 (IST)02 May 2021
UP Panchayat Polls: Take a look at BJP's candidates

In the UP Panchayat Elections, the ruling BJP is contesting amid some backlash over the new farm laws, especially in western UP. The party’s big guns, from state president Swatantra Dev Singh to national vice-president and UP in-charge Radha Mohan Singh, have been criss-crossing the state.

13:54 (IST)02 May 2021
UP Panchayat polls: A virtual semi-final for UP Assembly polls 2022?

In this Panchayat Elections, the interest is significant as it is the first time all the major political parties are openly backing candidates for panchayat elections in Uttar Pradesh — making the polls a virtual semi-final for the Assembly polls next year.

Among those in the race are the Aam Aadmi Party, AIMIM and Bhim Army chief Chandrashekhar Azad’s Azad Samaj Party, which are making their debut in the state.

12:50 (IST)02 May 2021
Watch| Massive crowds, covid norms flouted at Hathras counting centre

Despite the state being in curfew, at a counting centre in Hathras, crowding at a massive scale was seen and covid-19 norms were flouted as counting agents and supporters rushed towards the centre for counting votes.

12:23 (IST)02 May 2021
Chaos, crowding in vote counting areas

As vote counting continued for the UP Panchayat Elections, chaos and crowding was observed in front of several counting rooms as counting agents queued up for this particularly large election. Amid a massive Covid surge, vote counting for UP’s panchayats would take place in a whopping 829 centres spread across the state. Take a look at visuals from Firozabad this morning. 

11:29 (IST)02 May 2021
UP Panchayat Polls: Covid-19 protocols in place during vote counting

As the vote counting of UP Panchayat Polls happen as the state faces scrutiny of holding the elections amid a devastating second wave of the coronavirus, let's take a look at the mandatory Covid protocols in place at the counting stations today.

  • The SEC said at every counting centre, a health desk will be established, where a doctor will be present with medicines.
  • Those showing symptoms of COVID-19 such as fever, cold and cough will not be allowed at the counting centres.
  • Everyone entering the counting centre has to undergo thermal scanning, the SEC said.
  • It categorically stated that there will be a complete ban on victory processions.



10:33 (IST)02 May 2021
Candidates, agents should be vaccinated or tested negative for Covid in order to enter counting areas

As Covid-19 cases continue to rise, the State Election Commission (SEC) on Sunday reiterated that the candidates and their agents will be allowed to enter the counting centres only if they have tested negative for COVID-19 in the 48 hours prior to the commencement of the counting process or taken both doses of the vaccine.

10:30 (IST)02 May 2021
UP Panchayat Polls: Counting of votes may take 2 days

As the counting began Sunday morning for UP Panchayat polls, "the counting of votes will continue till all the ballots are counted. The entire process may take two days," a senior SEC official told PTI.

10:22 (IST)02 May 2021
Will participate in counting, say teachers and govt staff

Several teachers’ and employees’ associations on Saturday announced that they will be participating in the counting of votes for the Panchayat elections on Sunday.

Claiming that many teachers lost their lives to Covid-19 after they were deployed in panchayat poll duty, the associations had on Thursday threatened to boycott the counting of votes on Sunday. However, after having a virtual meeting with senior government officials, the associations announced that they will take part in counting, provided that Covid protocols are strictly in place.

10:08 (IST)02 May 2021
Take a look at the candidates for the UP Panchayat Polls

Among those in the panchayat race are a Miss India 2015 contestant and model Diksha Singh (for zila panchayat post, Ward No. 26, Jaunpur); Srikala Singh, a BJP member and the wife of gangster-turned-politician and murder accused Dhananjay Singh (Ward No. 45, Jaunpur); and Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav’s niece Sandhya Yadav, backed by the BJP (for a Mainpuri district panchayat seat). The BJP Sunday withdrew the candidature of Sangeeta Sengar, wife of ex-BJP MP and rape convict Kuldeep Singh Sengar (for Unnao district panchayat Ward No. 22).

09:11 (IST)02 May 2021
Take a look at visuals from Prayagraj where counting of votes has begun
09:10 (IST)02 May 2021
Counting of votes for UP Panchayat Polls begin

Amid an unprecedented rise of Covid-19 cases, counting of votes for the Uttar Pradesh Panchayat Polls began Sunday morning. The faith of over  8.69 lakh candidates are in fray. The counting of votes may take two days and the election results for the panchayat polls will be declared on Tuesday.

Uttar Pradesh panchayat elections: Will participate in counting, say teachers and govt staff

Several teachers’ and employees’ associations on Saturday announced that they will be participating in the counting of votes for the Panchayat elections on Sunday. Claiming that many teachers lost their lives to Covid-19 after they were deployed in panchayat poll duty, the associations had on Thursday threatened to boycott the counting of votes on Sunday. However, after having a virtual meeting with senior government officials, the associations announced that they will take part in counting, provided that Covid protocols are strictly in place.

Virendra Mishra, spokesperson of Rashtriya Shaikshik Mahasangh, on Saturday night said that the boycott call has been withdrawn by all associations. “The Supreme Court has ordered that counting will be done with Covid protocol, and the government has assured us that it will be followed. So we have agreed to take part in the counting tomorrow,” said Mishra after the meeting.

Priyanka Gandhi slams UP govt, SEC for conducting panchayat polls amid pandemic

Slamming the Uttar Pradesh government for conducting panchayat elections amid the raging COVID-19 pandemic, Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Saturday said what is happening in the state is nothing less than a “crime against humanity” and the state election commission (SEC) is “playing along”.

The Congress general secretary in-charge of Uttar Pradesh claimed that 700 teachers, including one who was pregnant and forced to attend poll duty, have died in the state. Polling for the four-phase panchayat elections in Uttar Pradesh ended on Thursday. A voter turnout of 75 per cent was recorded in the final phase.

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