TMC leads in WB panchayat polls

Over 11 pc voters cast ballot in first 2 hrs in re-polling to 573 booths in Bengal's panchayat elections

TMC leads in WB panchayat polls

The candidate Niladri Sukul, who had contested the rural poll from Shibnibas gram panchayat under Krishnaganj block in the district, alleged that Trinamool Congress supporters had also attacked him since he was leading by 220 votes.

The BJP bagged the second position winning 4,020 seats, while the Left secured 1,042 seats and the Congress got 10 seats.

Miscreants, allegedly backed by the ruling Trinamool Congress party, were seen stamping ballot papers and casting proxy votes at a counting centre in Nadia district in the presence of polling officials and police on Thursday. The rural elections were held in 621 zilla parishads and 6,157 panchayat samitis, besides in 31,827 gram panchayats.

The counting of ballots is continuing in more than 300 counting centres of 20 districts of West Bengal since Thursday morning.

Kolkata:The Trinamool Congress swept the panchayat election in West Bengal, but independent and opposition candidates held out in isolated pockets such as Purulia and Jhargram districts-an indication that the ruling party is faced with anti-incumbency in certain corners of the state. However, in a surprise of sorts, the BJP emerged as the main Opposition, although it has been a distant number two. We have said before that the people are with us. The independents have won 1,614 Global Positioning System and are leading in another 39 seats.

BJP state president in Bengal, Dilip Ghosh described both the incidents "as an indication of the desperation when the ruling party understands that the people are not with them". There were protests outside the office of State Election Commission by Committee for Protection of Land, Livelihood, Ecology and Environment who have fielded candidates at Bhangar against the TMC.

The West Bengal Panchayat system is three-tiered, with 20 Zila Parishad, under it comes 9240 Panchayat Samiti and the 48650 Gram Panchayat are at the lowest level of the tier. "Despite oppositions like BJP, CPI (M) and others contesting the polls".

The CPM slipped to the third position by winning 1,306 gram panchayats and leading in another 27, the sources said. BJP has managed to win 26 and CPI (M) clinched 9 seats in the dictrict.

Of the total 48,650 seats in gram panchayats, 16,814 went uncontested.

Nadia gram panchayat: Total seat 3209.

The West Bengal Panchayat polls witnessed massive violence, blood fights among the parties, with the opposition accusing the TMC of deploying dirty tactics, and the counting days were also the same.

The TMC, on the other hand, said the people of Bengal had voted in favour of development ushered in by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. After the last date of filing of nominations, the Election Commission had said that the TMC won 34 percent seats uncontested.

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