Lucknow: After officially announcing its candidates for the Zila Panchayat chairman election, the BJP will make a fresh attempt to turn rural community polls into a full-blown political show by asking MPs and MLAs to vote on party-backed candidates Accompany Saturday to nomination centers.
In order to escalate their presence at the grassroots level, the BJP leadership has asked party representatives to accompany candidates together with their supporters while at the same time complying with the Covid protocols. This also applies to candidates who received BJP support after winning as independents. “The decision to support other independent candidates was made after appropriate counseling at the district level,” said a senior BJP leader.
Speaking to TOI, the state BJP general secretary and responsible for electing the chairman of Zila Panchayat, JPS Rathore said: “The idea is to win the maximum possible number of Zila Panchayat chairman’s seats. The party decided to nominate and support independent candidates in all districts after consulting the district rungs committees. These candidates exert influence in their districts, ”he said.
The elections and counts for the ZP chairperson elections, which are an indirect electoral exercise, will take place on July 3rd. The 75 ZP chairmen would be elected by 3,050 parishioners. The BJP’s decision to support the Independents who have won a victory in their respective districts is an important indication of the Saffron Party’s strategy of creating new officials who can cement their support in the run-up to next year’s crucial parliamentary elections. Unsurprisingly, the BJP’s move sparked a frenzy within the Samajwadi Party, which posed a daunting challenge to the Saffron Party in the recent rural district elections. Party MLC Udai Bir Singh, who also happens to be an important advisor to SP leader Akhilesh Yadav, expressed concern about free and fair elections.
Two days ago, Akhilesh accused the BJP of using fear and greed to snatch the posts of chairman of Zila Panchayats. “The BJP is determined to insult democracy and to cut the voices of the people who defeated the BJP in the Panchayat elections. The BJP is now fraudulently trying to reclaim lost ground, ”he said in a statement.