Kolkata: Trinamool Congress candidates were declared “elected unopposed” from 41 of 42 seats in the Birbhum zilla parishad. The ruling party also won “unopposed” 14 of 19 panchayat samitis in Birbhum — panchayat elections are to be held in the state on May 1, 3 and 5.
In Kandi in Murshidabad, the TMC won 29 of 30 panchayat samiti seats, again uncontested. In Bharatpur II, it won all 21 panchayat samit seats. It was the same story in Barwan where it won all 37 panchayat samiti seats.
“whereas information has been received through complaints, deputation etc. that intending candidates and proposers are being obstructed or prevented from making nomination… and whereas… Hon’ble Supreme Court of India has directed the Commission… to consider the grievance once made by any party or/and candidate as the case may be and pass appropriate order/s so that the intending candidates may not be deprived of their chance to contest the panchayat elections… therefore, the Commission… hereby extends the last date for making nomination for one day i.e. on 10.04.2018 from 11 am up to 3 pm”, State Election Commissioner A K Singh noted On Monday evening.
BJP national secretary Rahul Sinha said, “This victory signifies the culture of bombs and guns, and not of the people. They have terrorised people before the election and now they will claim that development has won.”