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Trinamool looks to sweep Bengal Panchayat polls, BJP in second spot

Trinamool looks to sweep Bengal Panchayat polls, BJP in second spot

State BJP general secretary Sayantan Basu in a statement said, "Despite so much of violence we have won more than 5,000 seats in GP (gram panchayat)".

While on the other hand, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has won four seats and is leading on 81, followed by Communist Party of India (Marxist) (CPI-M) which has won three seats and is ahead on 58 seats.

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.

According to reports, activists of TMC have allegedly indulged in stamping ballot papers even on results day. The panchayat elections were held for 621zilla parishads, 6,123 panchayat samitis and 31,802 gram panchayats in West Bengal on May 14.

Counting of votes for Panchayat Election in West Bengal has started on Thursday moning.

Kolkata: Kolkata: Trinamool Congress took a major lead in West Bengal's Panchayat poll results, set to sweep in the three-tier West Bengal Panchayat polling system, the counting for which is underway since Thursday morning.

BJP emerged as the main challenger to the TMC in gram panchayat in nearly every districts except Murshidabad and Malda, the two Congress strongholds.

At Gram Panchayat level, the TMC had won 19059 seats while the BJP and Left bagged 4,976 and 1,287 respectively while the Congress bagged 892.




However, the ruling TMC continues to be the dominant force in most districts.

Banerjee announced that the state will provide monetary compensation to the families of those killed in clashes over the panchayat election, including polling official Rajkumar Ray, who went missing from a polling booth in Raigunj and was later found killed near train tracks. The Left and Congress together have won around 900 seats.

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, he said, had also done well in West Midnapore, Jalpaiguri and Maldah districts.

In neighbouring Nadia, the TMC won 28 seats leaving 3 and one for the BJP and the Left. "Those seats which witnessed uncontested win were not contested by the Opposition parties because they failed to field candidates there", she said.

Of the 48,650 seats in 3,358 gram panchayats, 16,814 were uncontested and of the 9,217 seats in 341 panchayat samitis, 3,059 were uncontested.

According to the state administration, 12 people were killed on polling day, and six of the deaths were confirmed to be due to poll violence. The ruling TMC is definitely on course of winning with a big margin and Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has ample reasons to be proud of.

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