Uttar Pradesh (UP) Gram Panchayat Election 2021 Polling Live Updates: Nearly 65 per cent turnout till 5 pm. Voting began at 7 am and will conclude at 6 pm.
An unprecedented 3.33 lakh candidates are in the fray for the 2.21 lakh seats going to polls in the first phase.
Uttar Pradesh Gram Panchayat Election 2021 Phase 1 Polling Live Updates: Over 70 per cent votes were cast in the first of the four-phased Uttar Pradesh panchayat elections on Thursday, the State Election Commission said. Incidents of firing have been reported from Agra. According to reports, fifty people looted ballot boxes after firing in Agra. Reports of scuffle and fraudulent are also coming in from various parts of districts going to polls in Phase-I. People created chaos alleging fraudulent voting in Jhansi while villagers locked a booth in Prayagraj saying frauds were taking place at the centre.
The EC has postponed the election for the three Pradhan posts in Raebareli following untimely death of candidates. Elections have been postponed in Kathwara of Harchandpur block, Pahnasa of Bachhranwa block and Rampur Kala Panchayat of Sareni block. Voting began at 7 am and will conclude at 6 pm.
An unprecedented 3.33 lakh candidates are in the fray for the 2.21 lakh seats going to polls for the posts of Zila panchayat (district council) members, kshetra (block) panchayat members, village panchayat heads and ward members. There are 11,442 candidates for the post of Zila panchayat members for 779 wards, while as many as 81,747 candidates are contesting in 19,313 wards of kshetra panchayats.
For the gram panchayat, there are 1,14,142 candidates for 14,789 posts. For gram panchayat wards, there are 1,26,613 candidates for 1,86,583 seats. The election is being held using ballot papers and is being seen as a semi-final to the 2022 Assembly election.
Districts that are going to the polls in the first phase are Ayodhya, Agra, Kanpur, Ghaziabad, Gorakhpur, Jaunpur, Jhansi, Allahabad, Bareilly, Bhadohi, Mahoba, Rampur, Raebareli, Shravasti, Sant Kabir Nagar, Saharanpur, Hardoi and Hathras. Apart from parties like the BJP, BSP, Samajwadi Party and the Congress, the AIMIM, Aam Aadmi Party and Bhim Army chief Chandra Shekhar Aazad’s Azad Samaj Party are making their debut in the state.
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Both the BJP and the Congress are confident of victory. Congress state spokesperson Ashok Singh said the panchayat elections would spring a surprise in the state as it would perform "brilliantly" in the state. "People who are virtually fed up with the misrule and misgovernance of the four-year-old BJP government in UP are looking towards the Congress with hope in their eyes," Singh said. "The panchayat elections will unfurl the wave of change in the state." Reacting to it, BJP state media co-convenor Navin Srivastava said: "The way in which Prime Minister Narendra Modi and UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath have worked for the villagers, poor and farmers, it is evident that the BJP will sweep the panchayat polls." "The work done by the government in arranging ration and employment for lakhs of people who migrated back to UP during the corona pandemic will help the BJP to win the election," Srivastava said.