At Daria, 5 candidates with affiliation to Congress contested for the post of sarpanch
With there being a large number of candidates in the fray for almost every post of sarpanch and panch, the atmosphere in the 13 villages that went to polls on Sunday was charged. Personal relations of the candidates play a major role in these elections wherein even political lines get blurred.
The competition was fierce at Daria where there were eight candidates in the fray for the post of sarpanch and 65 for the posts of panches. Similarly, at Khuda Alisher, there were 12 candidates in the fray for the post of sarpanch and 33 for the posts of panches. The number of voters in every village is limited. At places where the number of candidates was high, entire villages were out supporting one or the other.
In fact, there were candidates fielded by particular communities. At places, there seemed to be a candidate representing a few row of houses.
The gram panchayat elections are not fought on party symbols, though party leaders do extend support to some candidates. However, at several places, there were more than one candidate contesting for the same post from a particular party. At Daria, there were five leaders with affiliation to the Congress contesting for the post of sarpanch while two were from the BJP. There was a similar situation at Kaimbwala, though leaders from different parties did visit the villages.
Political parties have to do a tightrope walk in such villages since all candidates are from the same party. A leader of the Congress said that in such cases, they abstain from campaigning. The voting for these elections depends largely on personal connections of the contestants and party lines get blurred.
Tenants & Migrants
With few original inhabitants remaining in the villages, the gram panchayat elections are increasingly being dominated by tenants and migrants. At most villages, the tenants and migrants far exceed the original inhabitants.
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