To prove loyalty, 15 persons dip hands in hot oil in Gujarat

Last Updated: Wed, Feb 06, 2013 05:36 hrs

Sabarkantha: Fifteen persons received burn injuries after they dipped their hands in hot oil to convince a candidate, who lost in panchayat elections, that they had voted for him, police said on Tuesday. The candidate, identified as Girish Parmar, has been detained, police said.

The incident took place at Derai village of Bayad taluka on Tuesday evening after counting of votes for the district panchayat, gram panchayat and nagarpalika elections got over.

"Fifteen persons received injuries after they dipped their hands in hot oil to prove to the lost candidate of their community that they had voted for him. We have already nabbed the candidate," Sabarkantha Superintendent of Police Chirag Koradiya said.

"We will lodge a complaint against the candidate though none of the persons, who received injuries, is coming forward to register the complaint as they all belong to one community," he said.

"This is a superstition followed in the village to convince a candidate of their community that they voted for him," he added.

BJP and Congress claims victory in Gujarat panchayat elections

The ruling BJP and the opposition Congress claimed victory in the elections to 1,141 village panchayats, after the State Election Commission declared the results on Tuesday.

While the BJP claimed that the 80 per cent of village panchayats voted for them, the Congress claimed that they won 60 per cent of panchayats.

Elections for 1,141 village panchayats, which were not fought on any political symbols, were held on February 3.

"The people of Gujarat have overwhelmingly put faith in the positive politics of development led by Chief Minister Narendra Modi and elected more then 80 per cent of candidates who follow BJP ideology. So, 2,092 members and 286 sarpanchs were elected unopposed following the idea of 'Samras Gram Panchayat' floated by the chief minister," claimed State BJP spokesperson I K Jadeja in a statement.

He also claimed that winning streak of the BJP will continue in the coming elections of taluka and district panchayats, scheduled to be held later this month.

The Congress on other hand claimed that 60 per cent of candidates who won the elections follow Congress ideology.

"Out of 1,141 sarpanchs who were elected today, 689 are Congress supporters. This has proved that in every district, people have moved towards Congress," said Chairman of the Congress Panchayat Cell Haribhai Chaudhary said in a statement.

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