Now Mamata wins big in Bengal municipal polls

Written by Political Bureau | Kolkata | Updated: Jul 3 2009, 03:11am hrs
While the CPM is still engaged in soul searching for the Left debacle in the Lok Sabha polls, the Opposition administered West Bengals ruling combine yet another blow. The Congress-TMC combine routed the LF in the civic body elections held on June 28. Immediately after the announcement of the results, TMC chief Mamata Banerjee reiterated her demand for early Assembly polls in West Bengal.

Of the 16 municipalities in which election was held, the Opposition wrested seven from the Left Front, while the CPM won one civic body from the Congress. According to early estimates, the Left Front vote share in urban areas reduced by more than 8%. In Lok Sabha polls the Left parties vote share had reduced by around 7%.

In CPM circles, this defeat is being considered as more disastrous than the Lok Sabha polls because the Opposition has wrested two civic bodies from the CPM in Burdwan, where the Oppposition could not make a dent in the recent Lok Sabha polls. The party has lost to the TMC in areas like Dum Dum, where the CPM has never lost in the past three decades.

The signal is clear, the people have lost faith in the ruling Left Front, said Manas Bhuiya, leader of the Congress legislative party.

Partha Chatterjee, Leader of Opposition and TMC MLA, said the Left Front has no right to be in power. The civic body election results have once again proved the legitimacy of our demand for early polls, he said.