West Bengal panchayat election: Trinamool in face-off with main rival BJP

West Bengal panchayat election: Trinamool in face-off with main rival BJP

The party has already bagged 29,585 seats in the Gram Panchayat elections and 3315 seats in Panchayat samiti.

The independents have won 77 panchayat samiti seats, they said.

The Congress has won two Zilla Parishad seats in Malda district and is leading in two other seats.

The BJP and the CPI (M) were leading in one seat each.

Till late in the evening, independents had won 1,465 gram panchayat seats, which is higher than the 1,186 seats won by the Communist Party of India (Marxist).

The CPI-M put up a dismal performance as it managed to bag only one seat in the four Global Positioning System.

In Jhargram too, the TMC and the BJP were engaged in a close battle for the gram panchayat seats, winning 372 and 329 seats respectively. The BJP managed to get seats in all those Global Positioning System, while one needs to use a microscope to find the CPI-M there.

In the traditional Congress stronghold of Malda, the TMC won 973 gram panchayat seats, the BJP 502, the Congress 359 and CPI (M) 101 seats.

The BJP has won 5,737 seats and is leading in 15 seats, SEC sources said.

As per latest reports, the state's ruling party has won 20,277 Gram panchayat (lowest tier) seats of 31,814 that were contested, while it was leading in 382 seats.

In Jalpaiguri, the TMC won 806 gram panchayat seats, the BJP 308, the CPI (M) 51 and the Congress 20 seats.

In South 24 Parganas, the TMC bagged 1,916 gram panchayat seats, followed by BJP with 351, CPI (M) with 144 and the Congress with 33.

Sporadic incidents of violence over the election results were reported from certain districts like Nadia where a group of miscreants allegedly ran away with ballot boxes. While counting for the Panchayat Samiti vote was going on till late in the evening, officials said counting for the Zilla Parishad seats had not started yet.

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

The BJP has made significant inroads into the assembly constituency of state tourism minister and Trinamul Congress strongman Gautam Deb at Dabgram-Fulbari, the results of the gram panchayat (GP) elections declared in the area on Thursday have suggested.

"We had not expected such an overwhelming result in the western districts of Purulia and Jhargram", said Sayantan Basu, state general secretary of the BJP.

The Congress and CPM have demanded the imposition of President's Rule in the state in view of the widespread violence during the state panchayat polls.

Kolkata, May 17 West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today came out in support of BSP supremo Mayawati who hit out at the BJP after the saffron party formed the government in Karnataka and termed the entire episode as a conspiracy to destroy the Constitution. The resistance group, which came together to oppose a power substation, fought the election for the first time, and successfully backed a Congress candidate, too, in the area. In another incident, the counting of votes was halted for nearly three hours in Majhdia region of the district after a video of alleged TMC goons barging into a booth and stamping ballot papers surfaced.

"People have voted in favour of development and have defeated the forces who were spreading canards against our state", TMC secretary-general Partha Chatterjee said.

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