Uttarakhand panchayat poll results: BJP says most winners were saffron party-backed candidates, Congress claims its supporters did well

Uttarakhand panchayat poll results were announced on Tuesday with both BJP and Congress expressing satisfaction over performances of candidates backed by them.

Press Trust of India October 22, 2019 21:51:01 IST
Uttarakhand panchayat poll results: BJP says most winners were saffron party-backed candidates, Congress claims its supporters did well
  • Uttarakhand panchayat poll results were announced on Tuesday with both BJP and Congress expressing satisfaction over performances of candidates backed by them

  • While the ruling BJP claimed that a majority of candidates who won the election were backed by it, opposition Congress said nominees supported by the party had done well

  • There were a total of 7,485-gram panchayat pradhan posts out of which 124 were vacant, 1,514 were elected unopposed and 5,747 witnessed contests, the state election commissioner said

Dehradun: Uttarakhand panchayat poll results were announced on Tuesday with both BJP and Congress expressing satisfaction over performances of candidates backed by them. While the ruling BJP claimed that a majority of candidates who won the election were backed by it, opposition Congress said nominees supported by the party had done well.

Uttarakhand panchayat poll results BJP says most winners were saffron partybacked candidates Congress claims its supporters did well

Representational image. PTI

However, state Election Commissioner Chandrashekhar Bhatt said political parties in Uttarakhand do not give their symbols to candidates backed by them and the commission has no data on which party supported whom.

By late afternoon, the state election commission announced the results of 5,847-gram panchayat pradhan posts, 3,824-gram panchayat members, 2,674 kshetra panchayat members and 356 zila panchayat members.

There were a total of 7,485-gram panchayat pradhan posts out of which 124 were vacant, 1,514 were elected unopposed and 5,747 witnessed contests, the state election commissioner said.

Counting of ballot papers for the panchayat polls, held in three phases on 5 October, 11 October and 16 October, had begun on Monday morning and continued till late Tuesday afternoon. Pradesh BJP media in-charge Devendra Bhasin said most of the winners in panchayat poll bore allegiance to the party.

The party is all set to constitute the boards at the block and zilla panchayat levels, he said. Pradesh Congress president Pritam Singh claimed candidates supported by his party had put up good performance.

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