Stage set for counting of votes
THE STAGE is set for counting of votes for the Kauriram assembly by-election on Tuesday.
Counting is scheduled to be held on Maheva Mandi premises. Employees on election duty have undergone training in handling electronic voting machines (EVM). Elaborate security arrangements were made in and around the venue..
According to district officials, 14 tables have been set up to count about 1.25 lakh votes polled on Saturday.
The fate of seven candidates will be decided after counting begins at 8 am. The final result is expected by 4 pm. People are making many guesses about the result.
The by-election result will have no impact on the future of the Samajwadi Party-led State Government.
However, the election is prestigious for the SP and BJP MP Yogi Adityanath.
The SP and right-wing Hindu organisations have come face to face in the last two elections. But, the result of this election could lead to new political equations in the region.
Surprisingly, the Bahujan Samaj Party did not field any candidate. Neither did it issue direction to party supporters. Therefore, division of the BSP vote bank was witnessed in many areas.
A group of BSP leaders tacitly supported Yogi Adityanath’s candidate Shital Pandey. Another group was backing SP candidate Rambhual Nishad. Nishad is a former BSP district president. He had contested the last election as a BSP candidate. He later joined the SP. Even today, he enjoys the support of a section of BSP workers.
There might have been a division in the BJP vote bank due to presence or rebel Upendra Shukla. Congress president Sonia Gandhi’s resignation from the Lok Sabha and the post of National Advisory Council chairperson has increased the importance of the by-election.