West Bengal Zilla Parishad election 2018 results LIVE: The West Bengal Panchayat election 2018 results will come out today. Counting has begun. While Mamata Banerjee is eyeing to strengthen Trinamool Congress’ supremacy in rural areas of West Bengal, BJP wants to make an impact in state politics. CPIM and Congress are looking to maintain their tag as prime opposition parties. While the outcome of the three-tier panchayat polls is crucial, results of 825 zilla parishad seats will bear bigger significance. These seats are spanned across 20 districts in the state. Incident of violence on the polling day has hit the headlines. Yesterday, repolls were held in 572 booths amid tight security arrangements, according to State Election Commission report.
Track LIVE West Bengal Zilla Parishad election 2018 results
05:35 pm: As per ABP Ananda, ruling Trinamool Congress is about to register victory in over 90 percent seats of Zilla Parishad.
5.31 pm: Opposition BJP is leading in 2 seats of Malda Panchayat Samiti, 1 each seat in North Dinajpur, South Dinajpur and Alipurtduar. While, Congress is leading in one seat each in North Dinajpur and Malda, reports ABP Ananda.
5.25 pm: As per reports of ABP Ananda, ruling Trinamool Congress is leading in 28 seats out of 41 in East Burdwan Zilla Parishad, 16 out of 16 seats in West Burdwan, 21 out of 37 seats in Hooghly, 12 out of 23 seats in North Dinajpur, 13 out of 18 seats in South Dinajpur, 18 out of 38 seats in Malda, 22 out of 22 seats in Murshidabad, 12 out of 18 seats in Alipurduar, 21 out of 32 seats in Coochbehar, 13 out of 19 seats in Jalpaiguri, 32 out of 48 seats in North 24 Parganas, 14 out of 53 seats in South 24 Parganas, 28 out of 44 seats in Nadia, 16 out of 40 seats in Howrah, 30 out of 51 seats in West Medinipur, 18 out of 38 seats in Purulia, 27 out of 53 seats in East Medinipur, 10 out of 15 seats in Bankura and 10 out of 16 seats in Jhargram.
4.35 pm: Security Personnel lathi charge TMC and BJP workers who clashed outside a counting centre in Birbhum
3.43 pm: Mamata Banerjee’s TMC has swept key West and East Bardhaman Zilla Parishads
Watch: TMC, BJP workers get thrashed by security personnel
— ANI (@ANI) May 17, 2018
3.34 pm: This is the ninth West Bengal Panchayat polls. This is first time when the Opposition will not rule a single Zilla Parishad. Last time, the opposition had won three parishads.
3:15 PM: As per the latest trends, TMC is leading in 360 seats, Left Front is ahead in 2 Zilla Parishad seats, BJP is ahead in 9 and Congress is leading in 2.
2:45 PM: Controversial TMC leader Anubrata Mandal from Birbhum has said results of three-tier West Bengal Panchayat elections will be repeated in the 2019 Lok Sabha Elections also. “We will show that development is standing on the road”.
2:35 PM: TMC and BJP supporters clashed in Birbhum
— ANI (@ANI) May 17, 2018
2:30 PM:West Bengal Minister Jyotipriyo Mullick, who had accused BJP and CPIM of bring people from Bangladesh during polling, has said that people have voted in favour of Development.
1:40 PM: Out of the 825 Zilla Parishad seats, polling took place in 621. TMC is leading in 142, BJP and Congress were ahead in 1 seats each. BJP is leading in a zilla parishad seat in Malda.
1:05 PM: Trinamool Congress supporters have already started celebrating. However, State Election Commission has directed political parties not to hold any celebratory procession before the final results.
1:00 PM: Zilla Parishad seats, which are spanned across 20 seats, have by and large been dominated by Trinamool Congress. According to early trends reported by Ananadabazar, TMC is ahead in 19 districts.
12:45 PM: Mamata Banerjee-led Trinamool Congress is heading for an absolute supremacy in rural areas of the state. As of now the party has managed to keep BJP at bay in Gram Panchayats and Panchayat Samities.
9:55 AM: BJP candidate has lodged a complaint with District Magistrate claiming that he and his polling agent were not allowed to enter the counting centre.
9:35 AM: As per the latest news, counting of votes has begun in Alipurduar, Cooch Behar, North Dinajpur, South Dinajpur, Jalpaiguri and Malda districts of West Bengal.
9:30 AM: According to latest reports, Trinamool Congress has taken lead in 203 seats. Reports are saying that counting at a few centres is yet to be started.
9:16 am: Reports are coming from West Bengal that counting is yet to begin in several centres.
8:57 AM: However, Ghosh and BJP national general secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya have asserted the party has been fighting for all the three tiers. But Ghosh also acknowledged that the party high-command will be looking at results at the district level and that’s why Zilla Parishad has a different significance, according to the report.
8:52 AM: Last year, Ghosh had said “Next year’s panchayat polls will be the quarter-final for us, and 2019 Lok Sabha election will be a semi-final. The Assembly election in 2021 will be the final.
8:48 AM: During the campaign, TMC turncoat Mukul Roy had said in a rally that youths over 18-years-old will be given smartphones if they elect BJP nominees in the Zilla Parishad.
8:45 AM: Tension prevailed in North Dinajpur district, according to Bengali daily Ei Samai. Bombs have been hurled and bullets fired. It has been learnt that around 2,30,000 state government employees are being deployed for the counting.
8:42 AM: The State Election Commission has directed that section 144 will remain enforced within 200 metre. In case of gram panchayat candidate or polling agent of that candidate will be allowed. In case of gram panchayat samiti and zilla parishad, both candidates and polling agents of candidates will be allowed to remain inside the counting centre.
8:37 AM: Ahead of the counting, State Election Commission has issued an advisory. It had asked poiltical parties not to take out celebratory rally before the end of the counting. Officials can not use mobile phone at the counting centre. Whole process of counting will be videographed.
8:32 am: According to BJP state president Dilip Ghosh, the party has candidates in over 81 per cent in Zilla Parishad, 75 per cent in Panchayat samiti and 51 per cent in gram panchayat.
8:27 AM: According to a report by Bengali daily Anandabazar Patrika, polling took place in 621 Zilla Parishad seats out of 825.
8:25 AM: Prior to the polls, Mamata Banerjee’s TMC had managed to win 34 per cent of seats without any contest. However, the Supreme Court has directed the state poll body not declare results of those seats now.
8:20 AM: In Zilla Parishad, BJP is contesting in 629 out of 825. BJP has fielded the most number of candidates in Zilla Parishad seats. In terms of percentage, BJP’s number of candidates in gram panchayat stands at 48.19%, in panchayat samiti at 56.61 per cent. However, in case of zilla parishad, the figure shoots up to over 76 per cent.
8:15 AM: In 2013, TMC had swept zilla parishads of 11 of the then 17 districts. This year pre-poll survey predicted that BJP may do well in districts like North 24 Parganas, Nadia, Cooch Behar.
8:10 am: Counting has begun for Zilla parishad seats.