The ruling Trinamool Congress (TMC) swept the civic polls held in Salt Lake, Asansol and Howrah with a vote share that soared far beyond the party’s vote in the landmark 2011 assembly elections.
The victory triggered allegations that the results were a foregone conclusion after the widespread violence on October 3, the day of polling.
Of the 41 wards in Salt Lake (formally Bidhannagar Municipal Corporation), Trinamool won 37, while Congress and CPI(M) bagged two each. The BJP could not open its account in Salt Lake.
In Asansol, the ruling party won 74 of the 106 wards while the Left won only 17. The BJP won eight while the Congress won three wards.
In Bally, the party made a clean sweep of all the 16 seats.
These were the last polls in the state before Bengal moves to the assembly polls in 2016.
According to the Opposition, the TMC victory was a result of rampant rigging and violence.
TMC leader and state education minister Partha Chatterjee said, “People voted for Mamata Banerjee after assessing her policies and roadmap for the development of West Bengal.”
However, Surya Kant Mishra, CPI(M) politburo member and leader of Opposition, said, “Trinamool Congress did not win by getting the votes of the people. They won the elections by getting the votes of ghost voters.”
A statement by the Left Front said, “The elections were a farce and the results don’t reflect the opinion of the people. The fate was clear from the violence on the day of the polls itself.”