West Bengal civic body elections results 2017: Mamata Banerjee’s Trinamool Congress (TMC) today continued its all-conquering run in the state after bagging all seven seats in urban local bodies polls. The elections were held on August 13. Meanwhile, BJP has emerged as the main challenger to the ruling dispensation by bagging six seats in three municipalities. The former ruling bloc the Left led by CPIM and Congress have faced an absolute drubbing in these elections. With Panchayat polls scheduled to take place in 2018, these results assume significance.
Here is all you need to know about West Bengal civic body elections results 2017
Landslide victory for TMC
The TMC bagged all seats in Panskura and Haldia in East Midnapore district, Nalhati in Birbhum, Buniyadpur in South Dinajpur and Dhupguri in Jalpaiguri districts. The party also registered a massive victory in Durgapur Municipal Corporation in Burdwan West district capturing all the 43 wards, besides Cooper’s Camp where it won all the 12 seats.
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In Haldia municipality, once considered as a Left bastion, the TMC won all the 29 wards securing more than 50 per cent of the total votes polled.
Of the 16 seats in Dhupguri municipality in north Bengal, the TMC won 12 seats while the BJP captured four.
Out of the 14 wards in Buniyadpur, also in north Bengal, the TMC won 13 wards and the BJP bagged one seat. In Nalhati municipality, the TMC won 14 of the 16 wards, while the Left Front and an independent candidate won one ward each.
In 18-member Panskura municipality, the TMC won 17 wards and the BJP managed to secure one ward.
The TMC also won the by-election in a ward in Jhargram municipality.
BJP’s rise as the main challenger
The BJP won six seats in three municipalities which included four in Dhupguri in north Bengal and one each in Buniyadpur (north Bengal) and Panskura in south Bengal, according to the results of the August 13 civic elections.
The election results were indicative of a paradigm shift in the state politics with the BJP emerging as the main challenger to the TMC, according to poll watchers.
CPM, Congress fared poorly
The Left put up a poor show with the Forward Bloc, a front partner, winning a seat in Nalhati municipality.
The Congress failed to win even a single seat in the polls.