West Bengal Panchayat election results 2018: Polling for West Bengal Panchayat election 2018 has been culminated and election result is being announced today by State Election Commission (SEC). With just one year left for the crucial 2019 Lok Sabha polls, Mamata Banerjee-led Trinamool Congress (TMC), BJP, CPI(M) and Congress are seeking a popular mandate in the rural areas of the West Bengal. Recent polls results have shown BJP is steadily growing in West Bengal and the saffron party is on its way to replace the CPI(M)-led Left in the state. The rural bodies polls is crucial for CM Banerjee and her party to maintain strong mandate it got in 2016 Assembly polls. Left and Congress will fight to remain relevant in West Bengal politics.
Latest analysis on West Bengal Panchayat election results 2018
While the ruling Trinamool Congress is leading in majority of the Zilla Parishad seats in 19 districts. BJP has gained a lead in one seat in Malda district. In Gram Panchayat TMC is leading in 18,652 seats, BJP ahead in 515 seats, CPI(M) is leading in 166 seats, Congress is ahead in 105 seats and others are ahead in 129 seats. In Panchayat Samities, TMC is ahead in 1570 seats, BJP is ahead in 128, CPIM is leading in 79 seats, Congress is ahead in 67 seats and others are leading in 1 seat.
2013 Panchayat results
The 2013 Panchayat in West Bengal was held in five phases on July 11, 15, 19, 22 and 25 after Supreme Court intervention. TMC had virtually swept the polls with a nearly two-thirds majority. Left and Congress were the distant second and third respectively
Mamata Banerjee government has implemented a few welfare schemes, which it said would benefit the people residing in rural areas. In the 2016 assembly polls, rural voters strongly backed TMC and the party is hoping it will maintain the momentum. However, BJP’s surge will be a key factor in rural areas. While TMC leaders have exuded confidence that they have the strategy to withstand the BJP’s exponential growth
Party chief Amit Shah has set a target of winning 22 Lok Sabha seats of out of 42 in the 2019 general elections. These Panchayat polls will be a test for BJP’s grassroots level strength in the state. It has been learnt that state BJP leaders have sent a proposal for Shah’s visit to Bengal ahead of Panchayat polls. According to local reports, Shah may visit the state in April but will not campaign in public. After garnering historic mandate in Tripura, BJP is eager to make a mark in ballots in Bengal.
Congress and CPIM
Once powerhouses and ruling parties of the state, both Congress and Left will be fighting for survival literally. CPI-M would dearly want to prove that it is still a force to reckon with whereas Congress will look to make dent in other parties’ vote bank as much as possible.