Polling in 14,234 gram panchayats throughout 34 districts of Maharashtra happened on Friday. The polling, which continued from 7.30am to five.30pm throughout, ended at 3pm in two naxal-hit districts of Gadchiroli and Gondia.
The elections have been by and huge peaceable with Covid-19 protocols in place. The counting will happen on January 18.
There are a complete of 27,920 gram panchayats in Maharashtra. Therefore, as we speak’s elections, which account for 50 per cent of gram panchayats, are important because it happened a 12 months after the Maha Vikas Aghadi alliance assumed workplace within the state, relegating the BJP to the Opposition.
Although gram panchayats will not be contested on get together symbols, sturdy political undercurrents have been on play as political events tried their greatest to construct clout on the grassroots stage.
A village with greater than 500 residents can type a gram panchayat. Considered the third tier of governance, gram panchayat elections are held as soon as in each 5 years. The 14,234 gram panchayats represent a complete of 1,24,810 seats. Over two lakh candidates contested the polls this time.
State election commissioner UPS Madan stated, “In 20,000 odd seats, there were no contest and candidates were declared elected unopposed.”
At least 14 villages in Thane boycotted the elections as residents demanded their villages to be included within the Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation. Therefore, elections in 5 gram panchayats couldn’t be held. The first half of the poll noticed technical glitches in machines resulting in delay of an hour in a number of cubicles.
On Wednesday, the Election Commission cancelled polls to Umrane and Khondamali gram panchayats in Nashik and Nandurbar districts over complaints about public sale of posts of sarpanch and members of native our bodies.
Social reformer Anna Hazare forged his vote in his native village Ralegansiddhi in Ahmednagar district. In a transparent departure from politics of consensus, the village has been witnessing contests for previous two elections.
Polling in Hiwrebazar village, which happened after 30 years, was one other spotlight this time. The villagers enthusiastically made a beeline to train their franchise since morning.
Congress chief spokesperson Sachin Sawant stated, “The gram panchayat polls will help the Congress regain its hold at the grassroots level. The BJP, which is fighting for survival, will be wiped out.”
Unlike the lately contested graduates’ and academics’ constituencies council polls, the Congress, NCP and the Shiv Sena contested individually this time. The outcomes, due to this fact, might be a litmus check for Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray and his get together. In 2015, the BJP, underneath the management of then Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, had successful fee of over 50 per cent in gram panchayat and sarpanch elections.
State BJP president Chandrakant Patil stated, “The party’s support base at the grassroots level will remain intact.”
However, a celebration normal secretary stated, “Generally, the results of gram panchayat elections favour the ruling party as voters depend on government funds for development in their respective villages. The BJP’s target was to keep its rural base intact. What needs to be seen is whether the Sena can have an edge over the Congress and the NCP.”