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UP Panchayat elections: Candidates die before results are declared!

As many candidates died due to illnesses prior to election results on Sunday, the SEC plans for by-elections in concerned regions

Sabrangindia 04 May 2021

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Several victorious candidates of the Uttar Pradesh Panchayat elections succumbed to Covid-19 even before they could hear about their success, said a News18 report.

Pinki Devi from Nagla Usar gram panchayat of Manipuri, Vimla Devi from Kapuri Ekauna in Deoria, and many others from Kannauj, Pratapgarh and Barabanki districts died after showing coronavirus symptoms prior to result declaration on May 2, 2021.

Pinki Devi died around April 30 and was declared the village head on Sunday. A winner of 338 votes, she was being treated at a private hospital in Agra following difficulty in breathing and fever. Similarly, Vimla Devi died on Sunday morning while on oxygen support. She won 556 votes, while her nearest rival Sarva Prabha won 348 votes.

In Pratapgarh, three-time village head Manju Singh of Kalakankar gram panchayat won 451 votes while Ramsukh from Madura Raniganj village of Mangraura block, won 523 votes. The news was declared after both died due to illnesses. Ramendra from Uttamapur gram in Kannauj got 359 votes but did not live to hear the happy news.

Four days prior to the result, another village head candidate Kusumlata from Ranapur gram panchayat of Barabanki died unaware that she won by a margin of 60 votes. At the same time, Bhagauti Prasad Verma, the village head from Devkali gram panchayat of Siddhaur block, won by 510 votes died late on May 1 night. Lastly, Shivkumari from Padrava seat, died during the counting of votes on Sunday.

Meanwhile, the State Election Commission (SEC) decided to follow rules and plan a by-election at all places where winners died. Other than candidates, the recent elections have also claimed the lives of at least 706 primary teachers who were on election duty.

Speaking to Sabrang India, Uttar Pradesh Primary Teachers Association (UPPTA) General Secretary Sanjay Singh said the SEC should not hold any further elections until the healthcare situation improves.

“After the Supreme Court hearing, they said they will take curfew-like precautions. They didn’t. Anyone who sees Sunday’s photos can understand that much. Teachers who were diagnosed as sick were sent home. We will continue to boycott these elections if the government does not listen to our concerns,” he said.

Singh said that following the list of 706 deaths, the Association will soon publish a new list naming all workers who died after April 30.

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UP Panchayat elections: Candidates die before results are declared!

As many candidates died due to illnesses prior to election results on Sunday, the SEC plans for by-elections in concerned regions

election

Several victorious candidates of the Uttar Pradesh Panchayat elections succumbed to Covid-19 even before they could hear about their success, said a News18 report.

Pinki Devi from Nagla Usar gram panchayat of Manipuri, Vimla Devi from Kapuri Ekauna in Deoria, and many others from Kannauj, Pratapgarh and Barabanki districts died after showing coronavirus symptoms prior to result declaration on May 2, 2021.

Pinki Devi died around April 30 and was declared the village head on Sunday. A winner of 338 votes, she was being treated at a private hospital in Agra following difficulty in breathing and fever. Similarly, Vimla Devi died on Sunday morning while on oxygen support. She won 556 votes, while her nearest rival Sarva Prabha won 348 votes.

In Pratapgarh, three-time village head Manju Singh of Kalakankar gram panchayat won 451 votes while Ramsukh from Madura Raniganj village of Mangraura block, won 523 votes. The news was declared after both died due to illnesses. Ramendra from Uttamapur gram in Kannauj got 359 votes but did not live to hear the happy news.

Four days prior to the result, another village head candidate Kusumlata from Ranapur gram panchayat of Barabanki died unaware that she won by a margin of 60 votes. At the same time, Bhagauti Prasad Verma, the village head from Devkali gram panchayat of Siddhaur block, won by 510 votes died late on May 1 night. Lastly, Shivkumari from Padrava seat, died during the counting of votes on Sunday.

Meanwhile, the State Election Commission (SEC) decided to follow rules and plan a by-election at all places where winners died. Other than candidates, the recent elections have also claimed the lives of at least 706 primary teachers who were on election duty.

Speaking to Sabrang India, Uttar Pradesh Primary Teachers Association (UPPTA) General Secretary Sanjay Singh said the SEC should not hold any further elections until the healthcare situation improves.

“After the Supreme Court hearing, they said they will take curfew-like precautions. They didn’t. Anyone who sees Sunday’s photos can understand that much. Teachers who were diagnosed as sick were sent home. We will continue to boycott these elections if the government does not listen to our concerns,” he said.

Singh said that following the list of 706 deaths, the Association will soon publish a new list naming all workers who died after April 30.

Related:

SHOCKING: Covid kills over 700 teachers, 300 still critical in UP!

UP: Covid crisis claims at least 706 primary teachers and kin owing to election duty!

Are UP hospitals facing oxygen shortage despite CM’s claims?

EXCLUSIVE: Hundreds die of Covid and data goes missing, UP gov’t remorseless

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