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Stage set for intense electoral battle

WHILE NEARLY a dozen candidates for zila panchayat chairmen are poised to be elected unopposed, the stage is set for an intense battle in two dozen other districts. With expiry of the deadline for withdrawal of nominations on Tuesday, an interesting scenario featuring a battle between money and muscle power has emerged in the districts. The State Election Commission has, however, put a ban on announcement of results of unopposed candidates before January 7.

india Updated: Jan 04, 2006 01:05 IST

WHILE NEARLY a dozen candidates for zila panchayat chairmen are poised to be elected unopposed, the stage is set for an intense battle in two dozen other districts.

With expiry of the deadline for withdrawal of nominations on Tuesday, an interesting scenario featuring a battle between money and muscle power has emerged in the districts.

The State Election Commission has, however, put a ban on announcement of results of unopposed candidates before January 7.

Nevertheless, the ruling Samajwadi Party has claimed that nine of its candidates have been elected unopposed. Similarly, three candidates of the Rashtriya Lok Dal have been elected unopposed.

According to reports, SP nominees Premlala (Etawah), Jogendra Singh (Etah), Suman Yadav (Mainpuri), Ramsiya (Firozabad), Jyoti Rawat (Unnao), Vir Singh (Chitrakoot), Dayawati (Jhansi), Ramlali (Bhadohi) and Amlawati (Chandauli) have been elected unopposed.

The RLD’s unopposed candidates are Renudama (Baghpat), Savita Singh (Bulandshahr) and Sudesha (Muzaffarnagar). The formal announcement of their victory will be made after polling in other districts on January 7.

But, the districts where a direct contest is expected are Mirzapur, Ghazipur, Azamgarh, Santkabir Nagar, Sultanpur, Rae Bareli, Barabanki, Lakhimpur, Pratapgarh, Allahabad, Kaushambi, Banda, Mahoba, Kanpur Nagar, Auraiyya, Kannauj and Aligarh. Joint commissioner, SEC, PC Gupta said that in other districts, the contest would be multi-cornered. While the SP claimed its candidate had won unopposed in Etah, the commission said the picture was not yet clear there. Gupta said the nomination papers of one candidate were rejected and he had lodged complaint with the commission, which was probing into the matter. He said if the investigation proved that the rejection was wrong, then there would be polling in the district.

First Published: Jan 04, 2006 01:05 IST