Uttar Pradesh Gram Panchayat Election 2021 Phase 2 Polling News Updates: Around 60 per cent polling was recorded in most of the districts till 5 PM. Gautam Buddh Nagar recorded the highest polling percentage of 70.20 per cent while Pratapgarh recorded the lowest at 52.12 per cent. Samajwadi Party patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav did not exercise his franchise in his native Saifai village in Etawah district following request from family members to keep his safety in mind in view of the pandemic. According to family sources, the 81-year-old had never missed voting in any election till now. “We requested Netaji (Mulayam Singh Yadav) not to come to Saifai to cast his vote this time for the panchayat elections in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, and he agreed to our request. Netaji is in Delhi,” his nephew Dharmendra Yadav told PTI.
In Sultanpur, BJP MLA from Lambhua Devmani Dwivedi said he could not cast his vote as his name was not in the voters’ list. “Barring me, names of my other family members, including my mother, who is no more, were in the voters’ list,” Dwivedi told PTI.
Violence was reported in Etah where Praveen Kumar, husband of a village pradhan candidate, Suman Yadav, from Bhagipur was shot at and injured by unidentified assailants on Sunday night. SHO of Kotwali police station, Subhash Katheria, said the incident took place near Shikohabad road.
Polling for the second phase of the panchayat election took place in 20 districts. The districts that went to polls in the second phase were Amroha, Azamgarh, Etawah, Etah, Kannauj, Gonda, Gautam Buddh Nagar, Chitrakoot, Pratapgarh, Budaun, Baghpat, Bijnor, Muzaffarnagar, Mainpuri, Maharajganj, Lakhimpur Kheri, Lalitpur and Sultanpur.
There are 11,483 candidates trying their luck for for the 787 posts of members of zila panchayats. For the 19,653 seats of kshetra panchayats, as many as 85,232 candidates were in the fray. There are 1,21,906 candidates for 14,897 posts of gram panchayats. For the gram panchayat wards, there were as many as 1,30,305 candidates for 1,87,781 posts. More than 2.31 lakh poll officials had been deployed for a smooth conduct of the panchayat polls. In the first phase of the polls held on April 15, an average voter turnout was recorded at 71 per cent.