Bharatiya Janata Party declared its list of panchayat poll candidates for 5 districts of Uttar Pradesh (UP) on Thursday which included Sangeeta Sengar, wife of former party MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar. Kuldip Sengar’s party membership was cancelled after he was convicted in a rape case of a minor in December 2019.

Sangeeta Sengar , who has been given a ticket from Fatehpur Chaurasi Tritaya seat for the Zila Panchayat member, has been the Zila Panchayat chairperson of Unnao from 2016. When Sangeeta had become the chairman, the panchayat elections were not contested on party lines. Although, this has changed this time as all political parties have decided to declare its candidates for the seats.

Kuldeep Sengar had won the assembly polls from Bangarmau seat of Unnao in 2017 Assembly Election. In December 2019, Sengar was convicted and jailed for life in a rape case of a minor in Unnao. Sengar’s brothers and others were also chargesheeted by the CBI for conspiring to implicate the victim’s father in a false case. The victim’s father later died in the jail following assault injuries. In 2020 March, Sengar along with all others who were accused were sentenced to ten years in jail and fined 10 lakh in connection with the custodial death of the Unnao rape victim’s father.

Uttar Pradesh panchayat elections, which are being seen as crucial test for the Adityanath-led BJP government in the state, will take place in 58,189 village panchayats & will be conducted in 4 phases beginning from 15th April & concluding on 29th April with counting of votes scheduled for 2nd May.

In the first phase which will take place on 15th April, voting will take place in Eighteen districts of the state. In the second phase which is scheduled for April 19, polls will be conducted in the 20 districts. In the third phase, voting will take place in 20 districts on April 26 and in the final phase which will be conducted on April 29; voters will exercise their franchise in 17 districts.

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