The ruling YSR Congress in Andhra Pradesh has won a landslide victory in the elections to the Mandal and Zilla Parishads in the state. The YSR Congress defeated the opposition Telugu Desam Party (TDP) in almost all the 13 districts. YSR Congress has won 547 out of 553 seats in Zilla Parishad Constituencies (ZPTC). At the same time, Mandal Parishad has won 7284 out of 8063 seats in Territorial Constituencies (MPTCs).
According to the State Election Commission till the filing of the report, counting of votes was going on in 88 seats of Zilla Parishad constituencies and 1504 seats of Mandal Parishad Territorial Constituencies. The state’s main opposition party TDP has won only three seats each for ZPTC and MPTC. Whereas the account of Bharatiya Janata Party and its alliance partner Jana Sena has not been opened. At the same time, it won 23 and 85 seats in the Mandal Parishad elections.
Why was the election delayed so much?
Out of all 660 ZPTC seats and 10,047 MPTC seats in the state, 126 ZPTC and 2,371 MPTC seats were unanimously elected in March 2020, the election process started in March 2020 but was delayed due to the lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Was. On April 2 this year, a day after the state’s new election commissioner Neelam Sawhney took charge, the process of holding elections for the remaining seats resumed.
Voting took place on 8th April
Polling for 515 ZPTC seats and 7,219 MPTC seats was held on April 8. Altogether 1,29,55,980 voters exercised their franchise. Voting for 8 ZPTC and 355 MPTC seats could not be held due to court cases, while 11 ZPTC and 81 MPTC had to stop voting due to death of candidates.
Counting of votes was to be held on April 10 only
The counting of votes for the ZPTC and MPTC elections was to take place on April 10, but was put on hold by a single bench of the High Court acting on a petition filed by the TDP and Jana Sena parties. Later on May 21, the Bench, citing a Supreme Court direction, ordered the cancellation of ZPTC and MPTC on the ground that the mandatory four-week model code of conduct between the date of announcement of election schedule and the date of holding of elections. It was followed.
Challenge the decision of the single bench before the division bench
Thereafter, the State Election Commission challenged the decision of the single bench before a division bench of Chief Justice Arup Kumar Goswami and Justice N Jayasuriya. The State Election Commission argued that the Supreme Court’s rule to adhere to the four-week model code of conduct cannot be applied to local body elections. The State Election Commission argued that the four-week rule was not followed for municipal elections and gram panchayat elections held in April this year. There was a difference of only 22 days in the municipal elections and 26 days in the panchayat elections. After hearing the arguments, on September 16, the Division Bench of the High Court set aside the orders of the Single Bench and allowed the election schedule to go ahead. At the same time, an official statement of the YSR Congress Party on the landslide victory in the election said that the results reflect the support of people’s faith in the rule of Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy.