- Interesting battle in Rampur district panchayat president election
- BJP trying to break into SP veteran’s stronghold
- 34 seats in Zilla Panchayat, 7 BJP candidates won
- SP won 11 candidates, independents have the key to victory
In Uttar Pradesh, the barricade for the Zilla Panchayat President election has intensified. Samajwadi Party veteran Azam Khan has been in jail for more than a year. But Samajwadi Party does not want to leave any stone unturned in the election of District Panchayat President in Rampur. On the other hand, BJP is trying to break into
BJP has 7 Zilla Panchayat members
BJP came second in Rampur district panchayat member election. The party has got 7 out of 34 seats for Zilla Panchayat member. BJP has fielded Khayali Ram Lodhi as its candidate for the post of District Panchayat President. The party is now trying to garner the necessary support for a majority in the election for the Zilla Panchayat President. Cabinet minister Brijesh Pathak, who reached Rampur, claimed that we have more numbers than the majority. He said that the party had not given its symbol but those who have come after winning are in touch with the BJP and in this election the district panchayat president will be of our party.
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The magic figure of 18 for president
Out of the candidates given by the BJP in its electoral list, only 7 people could win the election. The Samajwadi Party has 11 district panchayat members. Apart from this, two more Zilla Panchayat members have given their support. In this sense, the SP now has 13 members. In a district panchayat with 34 members, the required figure for majority is 18. That is, in this sense, the SP needs the support of 5 members. On the other hand, BJP will have to garner the support of 11 more members to win. In such a situation, the key to the presidency is in the hands of independents.
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Will BJP be able to defeat Azam in his stronghold?
Rampur remains in the headlines due to being the home district of Azam Khan. During the list of cases against Azam, then his arrest and then going to jail, the political mercury of UP continued to rise. BJP is trying to somehow capture the district panchayat and give a big message. On the other hand, Akhilesh Yadav and SP want to retain their strong fort at any cost. In such a situation, the battle of Rampur Zilla Panchayat is at an interesting juncture. Let us inform that since February 2020, Azam is imprisoned in jail. After being found corona positive in Sitapur Jail, he was admitted to Medanta Hospital in Lucknow for treatment. After that his health kept fluctuating. Although his corona report is negative but he is battling post covid complications.
(With inputs from NBT Online correspondent Syed Amir)
Yogi Adityanath and Azam Khan (file photo)