WB panchayat polls: Results to be announced today

18 May, 2018, 13:44 | Author: Dustin Murphy
  • TMC supporters celebrate the party's lead outside a counting station in South 24 Parganas

The saffron party did exceptionally well in Purulia bordering Jharkhand where the party won 34 gram panchayats, two less than the TMC, which bagged 36.

The Left has come third with just 1,042 seats while the Congress party managed only 10.

Sporadic incidents of unrest over the election results were reported from districts like Nadia where a group of miscreants allegedly ran away with ballot boxes.

Kolkata: Continuing its victory-run, the Trinamul Congress on Thursday swept the panchayat elections by winning 19 out of 20 zilla parishads (ZP) and emerging victorious in majority of the seats at the panchayat samiti (PS) and gram panchayat (GP) levels in the state.

Ruling Trinamool Congress has so far won 133 seats out of 912 gram panchayat seats where polling was held in Bankura district whereas BJP has claimed 80 seats and CPI (M) 15. However, in a surprise of sorts, the BJP emerged as the main Opposition, although it has been a distant number two. "This is the type of results we are creating and expecting in future", he said.

Dilip Ghosh, state BJP president, said " It is not a one-sided win for the ruling party, BJP is still a part of the race, and they have grabbed the second position despite large-scale booth capturing and other tactics to intimidate voters.

Initially, voting for the rural bodies was to be held on May 1, 3 and 5 but as the nomination process started in April, it was rescheduled to May 14 by the State Election Commission (SEC) following a Calcutta High Court order to extend the nomination deadline and announce a fresh polling date.

Partha Chatterjee state parliamentary affairs minister said "The election results clearly indicated that the Opposition parties failed to perform on the ground". The Congress won 918 seats and was leading in 29.

Apart from Trinamool's unbelievable 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 won 2,079 seats and is leading in 200 seats, while the CPI (M) captured 562 gram panchayat seats and is ahead in another 113, the SEC sources said. According to State Election Commisison till 7.30 pm, out of total 48,660 seat, 31,802 gram anchayat seats were contested.

Nadia gram panchayat: Total seat 3209.

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.

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee congratulated the party workers for the massive win and dedicated the victory to the people. There was also no contest for 3,059 of the 9,217 panchayat samiti seats and in 203 of the 825 zilla parishad seats.



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