The BJP has suffered a setback in the panchayat elections in Ayodhya and Mathura. This is being considered as a warning to the Yogi Adityanath government in terms of next year’s assembly elections in the state. This result is being seen in such a way that the party still needs to do a lot at the grassroots level. Apart from Ayodhya and Mathura, BJP has got a tough fight with Samajwadi Party in CM Yogi Adityanath’s hometown. Results for other districts including Prayagraj and Varanasi are yet to be announced.
In the 40 seats of Ayodhya, BJP has got only 6. Former CM Akhilesh Yadav-led Samajwadi Party (SP) has secured 24 seats while Mayawati’s BSP has got 5 seats. Even in Mathura, which is considered to be the city of Lord Krishna, the BJP has not got the expected results. Out of 33 seats here, the party has got 8 seats. Here too, the BSP as the number one party has got 13 seats. Ajit Singh’s Rashtriya Lok Dal and Samajwadi Party account one seat each. In Gorakhpur’s 68 seats, both BJP and Samajwadi Party have won 20 seats each. Independents captured 23 seats. Aam Aadmi Party, Congress and Nishad Party got one each and BP got two seats. The panchayat elections in the pilgrimage cities, Ayodhya, Mathura, Prayagraj and Varanasi, are considered to be important for the UP assembly elections to be held next year. These results have certainly created some concerns for the BJP. However, the local leaders of the party are showing unflinching attitude about this. Pointing out to independents who won the election, Awadhesh Pandey, head of the local party unit, says, “Many independents have won. These are the people whose thoughts match us and they are in contact with us. I can say to you that the District Panchayat President will be from our own party.
Significantly, in the recent assembly elections held in five states / UT, BJP was successful in returning to power in Assam. It won with a local ally in Puducherry but the BJP’s alliance with the AIADMK in Tamil Nadu suffered a loss. In Bengal too, BJP suffered defeat at the hands of Mamata Banerjee’s TMC. In the Kerala assembly elections, the BJP failed to win any seat.