Siliguri dampener in Trinamul’s civic polls sweep

OF 92 CIVIC BODIES, TRINAMUL WINS 70, LEFT 4, CONG 5, 13 HUNG

File photo
File photo

By bappaditya paul

THE OUTCOME OF Siliguri Municipal Corporation polls today came as a huge dampener for Mamata Banerjee-led Trinamul Congress on a day the party, as expected, swept the civic elections in Bengal winning 70 of the 92 civic bodies that had gone to ballots.

The elections for Kolkata Municipal Corporation were held on 18 April and in another 91 civic bodies the polls took place on 25 April. The results were declared today.

In Kolkata, Trinamul has won 114 of the 144 seats as compared to the 95 wards it had won in 2010. Left Front’s tally has come down to 15 from previous 33, Congress is down to 5 from previous 10; while the BJP has risen to 7 from the 3 wards it had earlier. Three Independent candidates have also registered victory this time.

But Trinamul’s victory march has come to a grinding halt in Siliguri in northern Bengal, where the Left Front has wrested 23 of the 47 seats; Trinamul has come second with 17 seats, followed by Congress 4, BJP 2 and 1 Independent (rebel Trinamul). Left is likely to form the civic board in Siliguri with the backing of the Independent.

This apart, Trinamul has suffered a setback in Mamata Banerjee’s Assembly constituency Bhowanipore in Kolkata, where the Trinamul ruled KMC’s outgoing chairman Sachidananda Banerjee has lost to BJP candidate in ward 70.

Again, the outgoing Trinamul deputy Mayor of KMC, Farzana Alam, has lost to the CPI-M in ward 65, and Trinamul strongman and MLA Paresh Pal has suffered a defeat at the hands of the Congress in ward 29.

Rupa Gagchi, CPM. Photo courtesy ~ ABP Ananda
Rupa Bagchi, CPM. Photo courtesy ~ ABP Ananda

The major upsets in the Opposition camp include, the Left’s Leader of Opposition in outgoing KMC board, Rupa Bagchi, getting defeated by Trinamul in ward 32 and veteran CPI-M leader former MP, Sudhangshu Sil, losing to Congress candidate in ward 20.

Going by the overall results, out of the total 92 civic bodies, Trinamul has won 70, Left 4, Congress 5 and 13 civic bodies have got a fractured mandate (List below). Notwithstanding the pre-election buzz, BJP has not been able to win majority in even a single civic body although the party has increased the number municipal seats in its kitty.

EVM glitch has held up the counting for two wards in Murshidabad and one ward each in Raghunathpur and Madhyamgram but the state election commissioner Sushanta Ranjan Upadhaya said that their outcome would not alter the status of the majority party in these municipalities.

During the elections on 18 and 25 April, there were allegations of violence and massive electoral malpractices by the ruling Trinamul Congress. Local television channels had in fact telecast multiple footage of gun-wielding miscreants targeting Opposition political workers, voters and media persons on the poll days.

PARTY / ALLIANCE WISE WINNING BREAK-UP

  • TRINAMUL: Kolkata Municipal Corporation, Tufanganj, Mathabhanga, Jalpaiguri, Mal, Gangarampur, English Bazar, Nabadwip, Santipur, Ranaghat, Birnagar, Kalyani, Gayeshpur, Haringhata, Kanchrapara, Halisahar, Naihati, Bhatpara, Garulia, North Barrackpore, Barrackpore, New Barrackpore, Titagarh, Khardah, Kamarhati, Barahnagar, Dum Dum, North Dum Dum, South Dum Dum, Bongaon. Gobardanga, Barasat, Baduria, Basirhat, Ashokenagar-Kalyangarh, Madhyamgram, Budge Budge, Baruipur, Maheshtala, Rajpur-Sonarpur, Uluberia. Hooghly-Chinsurah, Bansberia, Seerampore, Baidyabati, Champdani, Rishra, Konnagar, Arambagh, Uttarpara-Kotrung, Tarakeswar, Dankuni, Chandernagore Municipal Corporation, Tamralipta, Egra, Contai, Chandrakona, Khirpai, Kharar, Ghatal, Purulia, Raghunathpur, Bishnupur, Sonamukhi, Kalna, Memari. Suri, Rampurhat, Sainthia and Bolpur.
  • LEFT: Dinhata, Jangipur, Taherpur Notified Area and Dainhat.
  • CONGRESS: Kaliaganj, Islampur, Murshidabad, Kandi and Jhalda.
  •  HUNG: Siliguri, Cooch Behar, Old Malda, Jiaganj-Azimganj, Dhulian, Beldanga, Taki, Joynagar-Mozilpur, Bhadreswar, Ramjibanpur, Kharagpur, Bankura and Katwa.
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