Kolkata: Trinamool Congress (TMC) secretary general Partha Chatterjee thanked the people of the state for supporting Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.
Chatterjee said that the panchayat election results showed that people voted for development.Addressing mediapersons on Friday, Chatterjee said: “Despite indulging in malicious campaigning against us and spreading canards, BJP, Congress and CPM could not stop the TMC from winning the polls. On one hand they moved the court saying ruling party workers were preventing their candidates from filing nominations and on the other Opposition leaders threatened to kill our workers while campaigning for the polls.”
“It is clear from the results that CPM and Congress are giving oxygen to the BJP. The Congress is almost irrelevant in Bengal now and the CPM will soon find its place in a museum. The supporters of these two parties have found refuge in the BJP and that is the reason why it has performed better in some pockets of the state,” he said.
State Election Commission (SEC) sources said of the 622 zilla parishad seats in which elections were held, the TMC won 522 seats and is leading in 50 seats.
The BJP won 20 zilla parishad seats and is leading in three others, they said. The saffron party bagged zilla parishad seats in Purulia (eight), Malda (six), Jhargram (three), Nadia (two) and North Dinajpur (one) districts.