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: Polling is underway in Uttar Pradesh in the first of the four-phase panchayat elections across 18 districts. 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.
UP Panchayat Election 2021 Live Updates: Polling underway in Prayagraj district. In the district, 33 lakh 68 thousand 85 voters are eligible to cast their votes. This time, elections will be held for a total of 6 thousand 481 posts against 23 thousand 530 posts. As many as 8849 candidates have been elected unopposed against the total 19820 posts of gram panchayat member. No nominations has been filed for 10 thousand 971 posts. A total of eight candidates were elected unopposed out of Pradhan’s 1540 posts. A total of 11922 candidates are in the fray for the post of Pradhan. A total of 51 candidates have been elected unopposed out of 2086 posts of BDC. A total of 2033 candidates are in the fray for the BDC election.
UP Panchayat Election 2021 Live Updates: Voting underway for the three-tier panchayat election in Kanpur. Voters thronged the polling stations in large numbers early this morning.
UP Panchayat Election 2021 Live Updates: In Bareilly, polling underway at 1628 booths. Around 23 lakh 47 thousand voters will be voting for various Panchayat posts. 16 thousand police personnel deployed to ensure free and fair election.
UP Panchayat Election 2021 Live Updates: Panchayat election have been postponed for the three Pradhan posts in Raebareli. Elections postponed due to the untimely death of a candidate. Elections have been postponed in Kathwara of Harchandpur block, Pahnasa of Bachhranwa block and Rampur Kala Panchayat of Sareni block.
UP Panchayat Election 2021 Live Updates: Panchayat elections are being held at 1636 polling stations in Hathras. More than 9 lakh 44 thousand 979 voters are eligible to cast their votes.
UP Panchayat Election 2021 Live Updates: Voting for three-tier panchayat elections underway in Shravasti. Voting is being held at 1332 booths. There are 351 candidates in the fray for the 22 seats of Zilla Panchayat, 2722 candidates for the 397 seats of Pradhan. The EC has deployed 5434 personnel on election duty. 5 thousand security forces have been deployed in the district.
UP Panchayat Election 2021 Live Updates: In Gorakhpur, 4657 booths have been set up across 20 blocks of the district. There is around 30 lakh voters in the district. 24 thousand employees have been deployed for the election.
UP Panchayat Election 2021 Live Updates: Polling process underway in Jhansi for panchayat election. Total polling booths 753, total booths 1676, about 6000 policemen deployed on election duty, 7500 polling personnel deployed at polling stations, booths for Panchayat elections in the district.
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.