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Trinamool Congress wins all 19 zilla parishads, clean sweep in 10

Though the elections took place in 20 districts, the results of Birbhum zilla parishad cannot be declared without the Supreme Court’s consent as no opposition candidate could file their nomination amidst violence.

india Updated: May 18, 2018 20:35 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Kolkata
Trinamool,Congress,CPI(M)
North 24 Parganas: All India Trinamool Congress supporters celebrate with a poster of TMC Chief and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee to celebrate their win in Panchayat elections, in North 24 Parganas, on Thursday. (PTI Photo) (PTI5_17_2018_000132b)(PTI)

Mamata Banerjee-led Trinamool Congress won all the 19 zilla parishads in the recently concluded panchayat polls, scripting a clean sweep in 10 of them.

Though the elections took place in 20 districts, the results of Birbhum zilla parishad cannot be declared without the Supreme Court’s consent as no opposition candidate could file their nomination amidst violence.

The state election commission has ordered repoll in two booths in Phulbari gram panchayat in north Bengal on Sunday as the ballot papers were snatched on Thursday during counting.

Counting in the three-tier polls, where each voter chose three candidates — one in each tier — started on Thursday and continued on Friday.

According to the results that came in till 5 pm, TMC won 21,110 (66.88%) of the 31,560 gram panchayat seats, BJP bagged 5,747 (18.20%), the Left 1,708 (5.41), Congress 1,062 (3.36%) and others and independents 1,933 (6.12%). Results of 254 seats were yet to be declared.

At the panchayat samiti level, TMC secured 4,888 (81.10%) of the 6,027 seats, BJP got 756 (12.54%), the Left 129 (2.14%), Congress 131 and others and independents 123 (2.04%). Results of 98 seats were yet to be declared.

At the zilla parishad tier, TMC secured 544 (95.2%) of the 571 seats, BJP got 22 (3.85%) the Left 1 (0.17%), Congress 2 (0.35%) and others and independents 2 (0.35%). Results of 51 seats were yet to be announced.

TMC secretary general Partha Chatterjee congratulated the people for supporting them overwhelmingly.

Violence Continues

There seems to be no end to the violence that began on April 2, the first day of nomination, in the state. A day after counting began, BJP leaders claimed Pradip Das (63) a supporter of the party in Alipurduar was killed allegedly by supporters of the ruling party.

On the other hand, Biplab Sarkar, (35), a Trinamool leader who won the panchayat samiti in Habra I of North 24 Parganas district, died in a hospital on Friday. On the polling day, Sarkar was injured when a clash broke out in the area.

Before Sarkar’s death, Mamata Banerjee had said on Thursday that 13 lives were lost, of which 10 were Trinamool supporters. Opposition leaders, however, alleged that the total number of those killed in poll-related violence was more than 40.

Trinamool leaders alleged that in Gopiballavpur area of Jhargarm district, BJP men ransacked their party office. “After BJP won Gopiballavpur I panchayat samiti, they ransacked our party office,” alleged Churamani Mahato, a state minister.

Sukhmay Satpathi, BJP district president of Jhargram, said a section of Trinamool Congress had done the act and were blaming them for it.

Samit Dash, BJP district president in West Midnapore, alleged that they had won the zilla parishad seats but “the administration with Trinamool Congress men illegally declared Trinamool Congress the winner”.

Trinamool claimed four of their supporters were injured on Thursday when CPI(M) workers allegedly attacked a victory celebration in Kulpi in South 24 Parganas district.

Clashes were reported between Trinamool Congress and BJP supporters in Basanti of South 24 Parganas district area and in Salboni of West Midnapore.

First Published: May 18, 2018 20:35 IST