- Polling for block chief posts held today
- Counting of votes begins after polling is over
- Violence took place during Panchayat elections
After voting for the posts of 476 Kshetra Panchayat Chiefs in Uttar Pradesh (Uttar Pradesh Panchayat Elections), the counting of votes has started from 3 pm today (Saturday) amidst tight security and the election results are likely to come by late evening. BJP has claimed its historic victory. On the other hand, a tremendous period of violence was witnessed during the Panchayat elections. Somewhere the workers of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Samajwadi Party (SP) came to the fore, and somewhere between bullets and grenades, the police themselves were seen running to save their lives.
During the voting held today, reports of violence in many districts also came to the fore. Leaders of the opposition Samajwadi Party in Hamirpur district alleged that BJP workers attacked them with sticks and prevented their voters from reaching the polling booths.
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During the voting held today, reports of violence in many districts also came to the fore. Leaders of the opposition Samajwadi Party in Hamirpur district alleged that BJP workers attacked them with sticks and prevented their voters from reaching the polling booths. It is alleged that policemen were also beaten up in this violence and many vehicles were damaged.
In Chandauli district too, there was a clash between BJP and SP workers. There was fierce stone pelting between supporters of both the parties and several vehicles were damaged. Similar reports also came to light in Etawah and Ayodhya.
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The State Election Commission said that the counting of votes cast for 476 block heads has been started after the polling ended at 3 pm. The results will be declared by Saturday evening. In view of the violence during the nomination, tight security arrangements were made for the elections. Earlier, 349 block chiefs were elected unopposed.
State Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said in a statement this morning, ‘Voting is being held today for the election to the block chief posts. The status of each development block should be directly monitored. Arrangements should be made to transport the winning and defeated candidates to their residence under police supervision. The police force was prepared with extra vigilance and sensitivity. Strictest action should be taken immediately with the policy of zero tolerance against those who disturb the atmosphere.
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