TMC sweeps Bengal civic polls; BJP finishes second

SansadTV Bureau
Siliguri : West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee at Bagdogra airport in Siliguri on Monday.  PTI Photo

File photo of West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. PTI

Trinamool Congress has swept the municipal polls in West Bengal capturing all the seven civic bodies. BJP finished second in most places relegating the Left to the third position.

The BJP won six wards in three municipalities which included four in Dhupguri in north Bengal and one each in Buniyadpur (north Bengal) and Panskura in south Bengal.

The TMC bagged wards in Panskura and Haldia in East Midnapore district, Nalhati in Birbhum, Buniyadpur in South Dinajpur and Dhupguri in Jalpaiguri districts. The party also registered a massive victory in Durgapur Municipal Corporation in Burdwan West district capturing all the 43 wards, besides Cooper’s Camp where it won all the 12 wards.

In the Haldia, which was once considered a Left bastion,  the TMC won all the 29 wards.

The Left put up a poor show with the Forward Bloc, a front partner, winning a ward in Nalhati municipality. The Congress failed to win even a single ward in the polls.

Of the 16 wards in Dhupguri municipality in north Bengal, the TMC won 12 wards while the BJP captured four.

Out of the 14 wards in Buniyadpur, also in north Bengal, the TMC won 13 wards and the BJP bagged one. In Naihati municipality, the TMC won 14 of the 16 wards, while the Left Front and an independent candidate won one ward each.

In 18-member Panskura municipality, the TMC won 17 wards and the BJP managed to secure one ward.

The TMC also won the by-election in a ward in Jhargram municipality.

“The results are a reflection of people’s faith in the TMC government and a befitting reply to the canards spread against us,” TMC secretary general Partha Chatterjee said.

On BJP’s performance, senior TMC leader Gautam Deb said, “The Left Front has shifted its vote to the BJP. The vote share of the TMC is intact, rather we have increased our vote share. It is the Left which is having a tacit understanding with the BJP.”

State BJP president Dilip Ghosh, however, said, “We all know that the TMC used money and muscle power to win the elections. We have seen how democracy was subverted by the TMC.

The opposition called the civic election results a “farce”, with the Congress and the Left stressing that it was “not a real reflection” of the people’s mandate.

“What is the use of conducting elections in Bengal? The TMC doesn’t allow free and fair elections. If an opposition candidate manages to win, they poach on him,” State Congress president Adhir Chowdhury said.

(With inputs from PTI)