TMC violently sweeps WB panchayat polls
MAMATA Banerjee’s Trinamool Congress has reinforced its position as the single dominant force in West Bengal after results of the three-tier panchayat election was announced on Thursday. As was expected, TMC swept most of the Gram Panchayat (GP), Pachayat Samiti (PS) and Zila Parishad (ZP) seats across 19 districts as counting of votes across 291 centres continued till late on Thursday evening.
Of the 31,826 gram panchayat seats on offer, TMC won 21,367 seats, while the BJP has come a distant second with 5,171 seats.
In panchayat samiti and zila parishad seats, the TMC’s strike rate is even higher, winning close to 90 pre cent of the seats. While the results may not come as a surprise for many, a crucial aspect of this result is the clear
In at least 15 districts BJP outperformed the Left
emergence of the BJP as the principal opposition force in the state. The party, which barely had a presence in the 2013 polls, has come out as the clear no.2 in the state, replacing the Left.
Most importantly, the saffron brigade has registered significant victories in zila parishad seats, crossing the double digit mark as per results released till late in the evening. In at least 15 districts, the BJP has scored more than the Left in panchayat samitis.
But the biggest gain for the saffron party has come from the the panchayat level. In districts like Jhargram, BJP has given a close fight to the TMC. Of the 780 gram panchayat seats in the district, BJP has won 329 as against TMC’s 375. In tribal dominated Purulia, out of 1,921 gram panchayat seats, TMC has won 754 while BJP has bagged 528. In South and North 24 Pargana, Bankura, West Midnapore, Nadia, Malda and Alipurduar, districts the party has done well.
“We may be in the second spot, but our fight is to be the number one party here. It is an impossible situation in which we fought against anti-socials. Now, BJP is everywhere on the field, our fight for parivartan has began,” state BJP president Dilip Ghosh told INDIA TODAY TV.
In most cases, the indepedent candidates were the former members of TMC who were denied tickets by the party.
CM Mamata Banerjee thanked the people for the victory. Hitting out at Modi Banerjee said, RESIDENTS of at least 10 villages in Sitapur, UP, are having sleepless nights as a ‘mysterious animal’ has been fatally attacking 13 children in the district over the last six months.
The killings started in November when a 10year-old was bitten on the neck at Sitapur’s Tekriya village. The child succumbed to the injuries. But no one saw the animal that attacked. It was assumed to be a dog. “There have been a lot of slander and insult against us. Even the way the PM spoke, we did not expect him to speak in such a manner. We expect a PM not to speak against a CM in a manner that tarnishes the constitution.
(Top) TMC members celebrate the victory. (Above-left) Supporters with a poster of TMC chief and CM Mamata Banerjee. (Above-right) Security personnel stop a clash between TMC & BJP.
Sitapur villagers killed a dog, suspected to be attacking local children.