West Bengal: Trinamool Congress bags 9270 seats in Gram Panchayats
18 May, 2018, 13:44 | Author: Sheila Harris
Hitting out at Prime Minister Modi for his remark, Banerjee said, "There has been a lot of slander and insult against us".
"The Ministry of Home Affairs has sought a detailed report from the West Bengal government in view of the violence during panchayat elections", a senior Home Ministry official said. "Why tribals are unhappy and why they want to fight without the political umbrella has to be understood", said poll analyst and professor of Rabindra Bharati University, Biswanath Chakrabarty. However, BJP, which has been registering electoral growth in the state over the past two years, emerged as the major opposition by coming runners up in the elections.
The state BJP on Thursday thanked the people for helping it in emerging the main Opposition in the panchayat poll despite unprecedented violence and repression unleashed on party supporters and activists by the ruling party.
As per latest reports, the Trinamool had won or was in the lead in over 80 per cent of the lowest tier Gram Panchayat seats, and over 90 per cent of the middle level Panchayat Samiti seats. They also won 57 per cent of Panchayat Samitis and 51 per cent of the Gram Panchayats.
Further, in Hasnabad seat of North 24 Parganas, the ruling party, TMC wins. Independents have won 31 seats and are leading in 4 seats. BJP fared well in Purulia, winning in 630 seats - Jhargram 329, West Midnapore 352 and Bankura 231. The CPI (M) trailed far behind with 13 seats and the Congress is yet to open its account. In nearly all districts, the BJP has emerged second after the Trinamool Congress.
In Murshidabad, the TMC has bagged 466 seats, followed by the Congress with 83 seats. CPI (M) is in the 2 place with 15 seats.
The Congress, Communist Party of India (Marxist), Revolutionary Socialist Party (RSP) and other parties of the Left Front also staged a protest outside State Election Commission in Kolkata against the incidents of violence. Former TMC MLA Arabul Islam, who was recently arrested in connection with the murder of a Bhangar land agitator, wins panchayat Samiti seat in South 24 Parganas.
The CPM slipped to the third position by winning 1,306 gram panchayats and leading in another 27, the sources said.
The panchayat elections were held for 621 zilla parishads, 6,123 panchayat samitis and 31,802 gram panchayats in West Bengal on May 14 amid widespread violence in which about 20 people were killed. A total of 622 zilla parishad seats were contested on May 14 across 17 districts of the state.
These include 16,814 of the total 48,650 Gram Panchayats seats, 3,059 of the 9,217 Panchayat Samiti seats and 203 of the 825 Zila Parishad seats.
In neighbouring Nadia, the TMC won 28 seats leaving 3 and one for the BJP and the Left.
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