TMC vi­o­lently sweeps WB pan­chayat polls

Mail Today - - NEWS - By Indrajit Kundu in Kolkata By Shams Khan, Lo­k­endra Singh and Mu­n­ish Pandey in Si­ta­pur

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.

PHO­TOS: PTI

(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.

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