WB Panchayat Polls: BJP Marking ‘Second’ Position

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Kolkata: The Trinamool Congress party has till now won 110 seats and is leading on 1,208 seats in the West Bengal Panchayat election.While on the other hand, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has won four seats and is leading on 81, followed by Communist Party of India (Marxist) (CPI-M) which has won three seats and is ahead on 58 seats.

This panchayat poll is the last major poll in Bengal before 2019 and results will show which way the wind may blow. The Trinamool is the superpower in the state but the BJP’s poll percentage has been steadily rising – from about 3 per cent in the 2013 rural polls to above 20 per cent in recent bypolls.

Around five crore people cast their vote to choose from over 1.15 lakh candidates for representatives to 38,529 seats. The actual number of panchayat seats is 58,692. But a record 34 per cent seats were won unopposed by the ruling Trinamool Congress.Trinamool fielded 38,443 and the opposition the rest.

There are a large number of independents as well, many of them rebel Trinamool candidates.The state witnessed violence in a number of places during the panchayat polls, which was held on May 14, due to which re-polling was held on Wednesday in 568 panchayat election booths spread across 19 districts of the state.

The Congress, Communist Party of India (Marxist), Revolutionary Socialist Party (RSP) and other parties of the Left Front also staged a protest outside State Election Commission in Kolkata against the incidents of violence.

The Ministry of Home Affairs also sought a report from the state government regarding incidents of violence during Panchayat Election in the state.The State Election Commission has ordered that no victory rallies will be allowed by political parties till all results are announced. Counting will be held across the state at multiple centres.

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