Published: Thu, August 17, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

BJP gains, but TMC sweeps civic election

BJP gains, but TMC sweeps civic election

The Trinamool Congress (TMC) won all the seven civic bodies in West Bengal that had gone to polls on August 13. "They have foiled BJP's attempts to disrupt the election in Durgapur by bringing outsiders from Bihar and Jharkhand", state Sports and Youth Affairs Minister Aroop Biswas told The Indian Express. Though the Congress and Left withdrew their candidates in some boards alleging large-scale violence and booth-capturing the BJP stayed put and was rewarded with six seats in seven boards.

West Bengal civic body elections: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee's Trinamool Congress is all set to make a clean sweep in the municipal elections in the state.

Keeping in line with its performance so far, the ruling TMC stormed to power in all the places.

A by-election was also held in Jhargram municipality.

In Nalhati in Birbhum district the Trinamool won 14 out of 12 seats with the Left and Independent winning one each. It was the same story at the Cooper's Camp municipality at Nadia, where the TMC won all the 12 seats. Elections to two municipalities in East Midnapore - one each in Birbhum, South Dinajpur and Jalpaiguri district as well as in the Durgapur Municipal Corporation (DMC) in Burdwan district and Cooper's Camp Notified Authority in Nadia were held on August 13.

Of a total 148 wards, the Trinamool has won a massive 140 and the BJP six.

CPI (M) leader Sujan Chakraborty said "We do not consider it to be an election as TMC indulged in large scale rigging".

"In spite of a reign of terror, we have managed to win seats and come up to the second position", he said.

"The results are a reflection of people's faith in the TMC government".

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