TMC leading in WB Panchayat polls

Emboldened by her party's victory, chief minister Mamata Banerjee targetted prime minister Modi, who recently expressed anguish over the violence during the polls and uncontested win by TMC.

The Bharatiya Janata Party has emerged a distant second in nearly all districts.

"While one group beat me up, the other group of TMC supporters entered the counting centre and started stamping the ballot papers that were already counted", he alleged.

The state ruling party also came out victorious in at least 160 out of 6,125 Panchayat Samiti seats and were leading in another 173 constituencies, the latest poll result data released by the State Election Commission said.

Mamata Banerjee's Trinamool Congress has reinforced its position as the single dominant political force in West Bengal after results of the three tier panchayat election were announced on Thursday.

The ruling Trinamool Congress in West Bengal won 2,467 Gram Panchayat seats till 12 noon while BJP and CPI (M) won 386 and 94 seats respectively, as per state Election Commission information. "Had the elections been fair, we would have performed better", he said.

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which has emerged as the main opposition party in the state over the past few years, has pulled off a coup of sorts in Purulia by winning 633 gram panchayat seats compared with 780 by the Trinamool Congress.

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According to political analysts, the electoral success of the independent candidates point at the growing factional clashes within the ruling party, an issue that has to be tackled by TMC in the wake of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections and the 2021 Assembly elections in which further growth of BJP and decimation of Left and Congress is expected.

The situation remains tense in most of the areas where repolling took place, as the SEC received complaints of violence during the panchayat poll on Monday. "The BJP is a distant second, but clearly a very distinct one", said Prasenjit Bose, an economist and a social activist.

The Congress won 315 seats and is leading in 61 seats, they said.

The CPM slipped to the third position by winning 1,306 gram panchayats and leading in another 27, the sources said. A total of 622 zilla parishad seats were contested on May 14 across 17 districts of the state.

In zilla parishads, the TMC won 159 seats, with a complete sweep in Burdwan West district, and was leading in 168 seats across the state.

Nadia gram panchayat: Total seat 3209. "This shows how strong we are at the grassroot level".

The West Bengal Panchayat polls witnessed massive violence, blood fights among the parties, with the opposition accusing the TMC of deploying dirty tactics, and the counting days were also the same.

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