Lucknow: As UP’s Panchayat elections picks steam, the two sections of society who will play a lead role in deciding the fate of the state’s Panchayats will be those migrant labourers who have had to walk miles together during the pandemic and those people who are staying in different states but have a strong bond with the Hindi Heartland.
In the UP Panchayat elections, the role of these people is very important. Preparations have already started to call lakhs of labourers from the districts of Purvanchal , Bundelkhand along with top cities like Delhi and Mumbai. The candidates are busy arranging for tickets and buses to bring them.
A report of the Central Government shows that 32.49 lakh labourers of UP returned to the village. A large number of them are from the 20 districts of Purvanchal. Around half of whom had returned in search of work.
Take for example Engineer Imtiaz Ali, General Secretary of the North Indian Federation in Mumbai. He commands influence over 350 voters. Many have roots in the rural heartland so they take interest in the vote. Voters make arrangements for the movement of voters
In Siddharthnagar district, bordering Nepal there are 3287 voters, 500 of whom live in big cities. 20–30% of the voters of other villages also live in big cities.
People from Mumbai or Delhi book the entire bogie and reach to help their candidate win.