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. BJP, which wants to make inroads in the state, has continued its surge and will secure the second spot. While, the erstwhile ruling party CPIM has been decimated, its ally in the 2016 Assembly elections Congress has fared poorly in these elections.
Polling for the seven urban local bodies comprise the five municipalities of Panskura and Haldia in East Midnapore district, Nalhati in Birbhum, Buniadpur in South Dinajpur and Dhupguri in Jalpaiguri districts respectively, was held on August 13. Polling was also held for one municipal corporation, the Durgapur Municipal Corporation (DMC) in Burdwan West district and one notified authority, the Cooper’s Camp Notified Authority in Nadia district.
The major opposition parties in West Bengal had demanded cancellation of elections to seven municipal bodies, alleging widespread violence and booth-capturing by Trinamool Congress workers. The ruling TMC, however, had rejected the allegations of poll violence and accused the BJP and CPI(M) for it. The State Election Commission also declined to comment on the issue, PTI reported on August 13.