Maharashtra: BJP wins big in phase 1 of gram panchayat polls

Mumbai: The government of the decision of Devendra Fadnavis to hold the direct election of the sarpanchs (gram panchayat heads) clearly paid for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) then obtained a complete victory in the first phase of the panchayat ballots of the gram Monday. In the first phase of 7 October, 3,884 grams of panchayats went to the polls, of which 2,974 bodies were declared Monday at 7 pm. Of this total, the BJP won 1,457, followed by Congress (301), Shiv Sena (222) and the Nationalist Congress Party (194).

These 3,884 gram panchayats are distributed in 18 districts in the Marathwada, Vidarbha and northern Maharashtra regions. With the exception of a few setbacks in Parali in the Beed Marathwada district where the NCP and the Buldhana district in Vidarbha, where Congress came out victorious, the BJP recorded an impressive broadcast, winning the majority of gram panchayats and posts sarpanchs during the first direct elections.

For the BJP, the results could not come at a more timely moment, the Fadnavis government was at the receiving end of a fierce turmoil over exemption from agricultural loans and remunerative prices. In July of this year the government announced Fadnavis the decision to organize direct elections of village chiefs contrary to the previous system where the councilors of the graceful village of sevaks elected or elect the sarpanch. Maharashtra has 28,332 grams of panchayats.

Last May the BJP-led government made a similar decision for the direct election of council presidents and the move paid by the BJP, which emerged as the largest party in local polls took place in several stages in November 2016 and January 2017. The BJP continued to win its victory in the polls of zilla parishad, held at the same time, emerging as the biggest party. In February 2017, the BJP completely dominated the investigations of 10 municipal corporations, including Mumbai where it was one second near the Shiv Sena.

The first phase of gram panchayat surveys included the eight districts of Marathwada namely Aurangabad, Beed, Latur, Osmanabad, Nanded, Parbhani, Jalna and Hingoli. At 7 pm, the results were available for 356 grams body panchayat in the Beed district, where the BJP had won 203. Aurangabad, the BJP had won 72 of 90 grams panchayats. In Jalna, the BJP captured 163 grams of panchayats of 272 and 151 of 250 at Latur for which the results were reported.

In northern Maharashtra, the BJP has made impressive progress in the districts of Jalgaon, Nandurbar and Dhule. In Vidarbha, the BJP districts dominated Yavatmal, Akola and Washim, but it was Congress that ousted BJP in the Buldhana district. In the districts of Ahmednagar and Nashik also, which saw an intense demonstration at the farm in April and May of this year, the BJP emerged as the largest party, winning the majority of gram panchayats and sarpanchs positions.

The president of the BJP state unit, Raosaheb Danve, said the results of the first phase of the gramme panchayat polls confirmed the control of his party around Maharashtra. “The victory comes on the back of the hat-trick of victories won in the city council, Zilla Parishad and the investigations of the municipal companies. The victory shows that measures and wellness programs that the Modi government and the Fadnavis government are reaching the rural population, “said Danve in a statement. For the second phase, the vote of 3.692 grams distributed panchayats in 16 districts would take place on 14 October and the votes will be counted on 16 October.

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