Mamata Banerjee-led Trinamool Congress is all set for a clean sweep in all three tiers of West Bengal local body elections. The panchayat elections were held for 621 zilla parishad, 6,123 panchayat samiti and 31,802 gram panchayat seats in 20 districts of West Bengal on May 14. The counting of votes began at 8 am today amid tight security.
While the TMC wiped out the opposition in top-tier Zilla Parishad election, it has got over 90 percent of the middle-level Panchayat Samiti seats and secured over 80 percent of the lowest-tier Gram Panchayat seats. In zilla parishads, the TMC has won 10 seats and is leading in 25 seats. The counting is underway. Veering towards middle-level panchayat samiti seats, ruling TMC has so far won 95 panchayat samiti seats and is leading in another 65, while the other parties haven't performed on par with the TMC.
Whereas in Gram Panchayats (GPs), TMC got good competition from the BJP. In GPs, TMC bagged 9270 seats and is leading in 2317 Gram Panchayats whose counting is going on. BJP emerged as the main challenger to the ruling party in most districts. The BJP has won 2,079 seats and is leading in 200 seats, while the CPI(M) captured 562 gram panchayat seats and is ahead in another 113. The Congress won 315 gram panchayat seats and is leading in 61 seats. Surprisingly, Independent candidates have won 707 gram panchayat seats and are leading in 120 seats.
With this, the TMC reinforced its dominant position in rural West Bengal's local bodies. Responding on the results, Mamata Banerjee said, "TMC has emerged victorious in 90% seats despite the opposition parties coming together. This shows how strong we are at the grassroot level."
Of the 48,650 seats in gram panchayats, 16,814 went uncontested. There was no contest for 3,059 of the 9,217 panchayat samiti seats. In all, 203 of the 825 zilla parishad seats were uncontested. Overall, it's the show of Mamata's TMC.