Alarm bell for SP as party loses Panchayat poll?

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Lucknow, July 04. With the assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh around the corner, Samajwadi Party’s debacle in the Panchayat elections could spell doom over the political outfit that claims Yadavs and Muslims as its core vote bank. The humiliating defeat in its strongholds like Mainpuri, Kannauj, Badaun, Firozabad, and Farrukhabad in the recently concluded three-tier Panchayat elections is nothing less than a setback for the Samajwadi Party.a

BJP dominated the entire poll process and it appeared that the hustings for rural governance were heavily slanted in favor of BJP, which not only garnered the support of independents but also BSP-backed members. Mayawati announced not to contest the election of district panchayat president to teach Akhilesh Yadav a lesson. There were also reports of cross-voting by SP members in favor of BJP in Ayodhya.

Expressing his happiness over the election results, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said that the victory of BJP-backed candidates is the result of public-centric policies and measures taken by PM Narendra Modi. “It is also an indication of people’s faith in the ‘good governance of the ruling BJP.

Uttar Pradesh BJP President Swatantra Dev Singh said that BJP supported candidates won due to the hard work of party workers and the popularity of PM Modi and CM Yogi.

Particularly significant were the BJP’s victories in Rae Bareli and Amethi where BJP-backed candidates Ranjana Choudhary and Rajesh Agrahari trounced the opposition, Both the districts are considered as Congress bastions and owed it’s allegiance to the Gandhi family. Congress scion Rahul Gandhi however, lost the Loksabha election to BJP’s Smriti Irani in 2019, the pocket-borough has since then started crumbling in favor of the saffron party.

BJP also posted an impressive victory in Ayodhya and Mathura, which in a way are said to be the pivot of Hindutva politics. Although BJP faced a big challenge from SP in both these districts, on Saturday, the saffron party-supported candidates easily won in both the districts. In Ayodhya, BJP’s Roli Singh, considered close to Lallu Singh, defeated Indu Sen Yadav, daughter-in-law of former SP MP Mitrasen Yadav.

Similarly, in Mathura, BJP-backed Kisan Singh defeated Rajendra Singh Sikarwar of RLD. However, in West UP’s Baghpat district, RLD-backed candidate Mamta posted a victory with the support of the Samajwadi Party.

In Unnao, the widow of late MLC Ajit Singh and BJP-backed candidate Shakun Singh defeated independent candidate Arun Singh, who is considered close to expelled BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar. Sengar is currently lodged in jail on rape charges. The BJP had earlier supported Arun but withdrew support when the Unnao rape victim questioned it. Earlier, BJP had announced its support to Sangeeta, wife of Kuldeep Sengar for the Zilla Parishad ward elections, but after the uproar, her candidature was also canceled.

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