Panchayat body elections-2022: 129 unreserved seats in 20 districts; BJP has fielded 54, Congress has fielded 41 general category candidates, more than half the seats to OBC

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After the uproar over OBC reservation, finally elections had to be held. Whatever the Constitution and Supreme Court may say, both the parties in Madhya Pradesh are making bets to help the OBCs. To do damage control, both the parties have fielded OBC candidates on unreserved seats. Since Zilla Panchayat elections are being fought without party symbol.

Both the BJP-Congress released the list on the letter head of the party and announced the names of OBC candidates on the unreserved seats. An analysis of 20 districts of the state has revealed that only 9% of the seats were reserved for OBCs, so the parties decided on OBC candidates for more than half of the unreserved seats.

Generally, general category candidates are fielded in these seats, but this time in 129 unreserved seats in these 20 districts, BJP has kept 54 and Congress has kept 41 candidates from general category in its list. More than half the unreserved seats have gone to OBCs.

Seats 30, BJP gave chance to 81 OBC candidates

Narmadapuram, Harda, Betul, Khandwa, Khargone, Barwani, Burhanpur, Dhar, Jhabua, Alirajpur, Dewas, Ratlam, Mandsaur, Neemuch, Ujjain, Shajapur, Agar-Malwa, Rajgarh, Sehar, Vidisha districts have total 328 seats of Zilla Panchayat members Only 30 were reserved for OBC.

In these districts, the BJP on its letter head announced the authorized candidates for 298 seats. Of these, 81 are from OBC. That is, apart from 30 reserved seats, OBCs were also given a chance on 51 unreserved seats. At the same time, Congress announced for 262 seats. In this 63 are of OBC. That is, Congress also fielded 33 OBC candidates on unreserved seats.

OBC seats have become 0 in many district panchayats due to already having 50% reservation

Minimum 0 and maximum 35% reservation given to OBCs. Since there was already 35 to 40 percent reservation in most of the district panchayats, due to which the OBCs were able to get 15 or 10 percent seats. In some districts, seats were already reserved up to 50 percent, where the reservation of OBCs has ended.

Area wise strategy: Where OBC population is more, not a single general category candidate has been fielded.

Narmadapuram: 14 unreserved seats in 3 districts, BJP gave 1-1 to the general

Nimar: BJP gave 19 out of 25, Congress gave 11 seats to OBC

Ratlam: If reservation is not found then out of 8, BJP has 3, Congress 4

Ujjain: Not a single general category candidate from BJP-Congress in Shajapur

No official support of parties in Sagar and Gwalior region

In the districts of Sagar and Gwalior region, BJP and Congress have not released the list of authorized candidates on letter head in Panchayat elections. The candidates themselves are claiming to be authorized.

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