Trinamool takes lead in panchayat polls

Marsha Scott
May 18, 2018

In South 24 Parganas, the TMC bagged 1,028 gram panchayat seats, followed by BJP with 177, CPI (M) with 72 and the Congress with 16.

The Bharatiya Janata Party emerged a distant second as it managed to go ahead or win a section of panchayat seats in a few places, while the Left and Congress heavily struggled to put up a fight.

In North 24 Parganas, the ruling party won 32 seats leaving one for the Left and in Hooghly district it won 21 out of 27 seats. BJP has shared a video on Twitter of allegedly a TMC worker stamping ballot papers in Nadia district's Majdia constituency.

The voting took place for 621 zilla parishads, over six thousand panchayat samitis, and almost 31 thousand gram panchayats.

Counting for West Bengal Panchayat elections started from 8 am on Thursday.

Ruling Trinamool Congress swept the West Bengal panchayat election on Wednesday winning the three-tier rural governance system by a huge margin. In nearly all districts, the BJP has emerged second after the Trinamool Congress. "Tribal people of the state have voted against the atrocities of the Trinamool Congress", said Basu.

In West Bengal's Bhangar, which has been on the boil for the previous year over the state government's construction of a power grid sub-station, Independent candidates backed by Jomi-Jibika-Bastutantra O Poribesh Rokkha Committee (committee for protecting life, livelihood, ecology and environment) won five out of the eight Gram Panchayat seats wherever voting took place.

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Partha Chatterjee state parliamentary affairs minister said "The election results clearly indicated that the Opposition parties failed to perform on the ground".

Apart from Trinamool's awesome victories that surpassed by several notches the exploits of the Left Front during its heydays of 1980s and '90s, the BJP put up a good show pushing the Marxists to the third spot.

The BJP has got support from unexpected quarters, with senior CPI (M) leader Gautam Deb coming out in favour of president's rule in the state. A total of 622 zilla parishad seats were contested on May 14 across 17 districts of the state.

In neighbouring Nadia, the TMC won 28 seats leaving 3 and one for the BJP and the Left. "This shows how strong we are at the grassroot level".

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee congratulated the party workers for the massive win and dedicated the victory to the people. His son Hakimul Islam, who is wanted by the police in the same case, won from a Gram Panchayat seat in Polerhat II. There was also no contest for 3,059 of the 9,217 panchayat samiti seats and in 203 of the 825 zilla parishad seats.

Aggrieved by the violence during the election that claimed at least 12 lives and left 43 injured, several candidates in the fray met the State Election Commission (SEC) officials and demanded repolling.

Other reports by MaliBehiribAe

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