While BJP is basking in the victory of 68 candidates backed by it, ally Apna Dal (S),it's the mafia turned politicians, who have actually used the polls to revive and bolster their politcal fortunes
Main opposition Samajwadi Party (SP) won in just five districts, including Azamgarh (SP chief Akhilesh Yadav’s parliamentary constituency), Sant Kabir Nagar, Etawah, Ballia and Etah.
District panchayat chief polls: Party-backed candidates won 67 of 75 seats, claims Uttar Pradesh BJP
Chairpersons of 22 zila panchayats were declared elected unopposed on Tuesday.
Zila panchayat chairpersons are elected from among the elected members of zila panchayats of various districts.
Already, the BJP has won unopposed the Zila Panchayat chairperson posts in 21 out of the 75 districts, while the Samajwadi Party has retained Etawah.
Mayawati said confidently that her party will form the next government in Uttar Pradesh and once it happens, the majority of the zila panchayat chairman themselves would join BSP.
BJP candidates to win unopposed in 17 districts in zila panchayat chairperson polls; SP alleges foul play by officials
Akhilesh Yadav alleged that the local authorities at the behest of the BJP govt stopped SP candidates from filing nominations in many districts.
According to an order issued by Additional Director General of Police Prashant Kumar, the step was taken to smoothly conduct the polls.
UP zila panchayat chief polls: Akhilesh claims BJP using state machinery to secure votes for its candidates
This is a gross misuse of power and democracy is in danger due to BJP's repressive policies, Yadav said.