SP bags most block pramukh seats
THE SAMAJWADI Party bagged the maximum number of block pramukh posts on Monday, but failed to repeat its performance of the zila panchayat chairman election, as the Bahujan Samaj Party gave it a tough fight in several blocks. The counting of votes began at 3 pm immediately after polling was over. By late evening, most of the results were declared.Updated: Feb 28, 2006 01:50 IST
BSP gives ruling party tough fight
THE SAMAJWADI Party bagged the maximum number of block pramukh posts on Monday, but failed to repeat its performance of the zila panchayat chairman election, as the Bahujan Samaj Party gave it a tough fight in several blocks.
The counting of votes began at 3 pm immediately after polling was over. By late evening, most of the results were declared.
The initial trend indicated Samajwadi Party candidates capturing the maximum number of posts in Sitapur, Hamirpur, Mainpuri, Etawah, Maharajganj, Bahraich, Sultanpur, Sant Kabir Nagar, Jhansi and Siddharthnagar. In Lucknow, the SP bagged three, while the BSP got two seats.
In Faizabad, Baghpat, Saharanpur and Muzaffarnagar, Rashtriya Lok Dal candidates were declared elected from the maximum number of seats. The BSP candidates fared well in Ambedkar Nagar, Ghaziabad, JP Nagar, Jaunpur, Sonebhadra and Chandauli districts. The BJP also made its presence felt in east and central UP, with its candidates winning two dozen seats.
According to reports, the Samajwadi Party captured nine out of 13 block pramukh posts in Sitapur district. The prominent winners include SP MLA Ram Pal’s wife Shanti Devi and MLA Anil Verma’s brother Anand Verma. In Jhansi district, SP candidates bagged all eight block pramukh posts.
In Faizabad, RLD candidates secured victory on three posts, while the SP and the BSP captured two posts each. BSP MP Mitrasen Yadav’s daughter-in-law Indu Sen secured victory from Haringtonganj Block. MLA Abhay Singh’s mother Asha Singh won in Pura Bazaar block.
The SP maintained its winning streak in Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav’s home district Etawah by capturing seven block pramukh posts. One BJP candidate was also declared elected. The SP bagged six posts in Hamirpur and seven in Mainpuri.
The Samajwadi Party captured nine and seven block pramukh posts in Bahraich and Farrukhabad, respectively. Relatives of former MP Chote Lal Yadav, Fishery Minister Ugrasen Singh and Science and Technology Minister Durga Prasad Mishra were declared elected.
Anxiety for unchallenged victors
Supporters of victorious block pramukh candidates began celebrating after the returning officer announced the result and issued certificates to them. But, anxiety prevailed in the camp of the candidates who won the election unopposed. The State Election Commission has thrown a spanner in the victory celebrations of the unopposed candidates.
It has directed the returning officers and observers not to declare their results.
Additional election commissioner Vinay Priya Dubey said the SEC would announce the result of all the block pramukhs who won the election unopposed after inquiry. The rivals were directed to file a complaint with the SEC any, Dubey said.
The Bahraich district magistrate rang up an Election Commission official and told him that supporters of the candidate who had won the election unopposed were waiting with garlands and sweet and had urged him to issue the certificate. The SEC official told the DM not to issue the certificate and ask the supporters to return home.