West Bengal civic poll results: ‘The hills are smiling,’ says Mamata after TMC wrests Mirik from GJM

West Bengal civic poll results: The victories in the civic bodies come nearly a year after the Trinamool Congress returned to power in the state winning 211 out of 294 seats.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: May 17, 2017 7:05 pm
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Mamata Banerjee-led Trinamool Congress is set to take control of four out of the seven civic bodies that went to polls on May 14 in West Bengal. The Trinamool won a majority of wards in the Domkal, Mirik, Pujali and Raiganj civic bodies while BJP ally Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) will retain control of the Darjeeling, Kurseong and Kalimpong municipalities.

The Trinamool Congress victory in Mirik, located in the hills, is significant as the party has never won there. While the Domkal, Pujali and Raiganj bodies are located in the plains, the rest are in the hills.

“Special thanks to Mirik for reposing faith in us. We will work sincerely for you. After so many decades we begin a new era in the hills. The hills are smiling,” said Banerjee in multiple tweets.

In Pujali, Trinamool has won 12 wards, followed by BJP in 2 wards and Congress in 1 ward. Bengal’s ruling party also got a majority in Raiganj winning 24 out of 27 wards, in Domkal winning 20 out of 21 wards and in Mirik getting 6 out of 9 wards.

The GJM registered comprehensive victories in Darjeeling winning 31 out of 32 wards, 18 out of 22 wards in Kalimpong and 17 out of 20 wards in Kurseong. The GJM, that holds sway in Darjeeling and neighbouring districts, has been demanding a separate Gorkhaland state for several years. Darjeeling is represented by BJP leader SS Ahluwalia in Lok Sabha, one of the party’s two MPs in the state.

The victories in the civic bodies come nearly a year after the Trinamool Congress returned to power in the state winning 211 out of 294 seats. Even though the Congress and the CPM had struck up a seat-sharing arrangement for the civic polls, both parties have not been able to make a dent. In Domkal in Murshidabad district, the stronghold of state Congress chief Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, the Congress-Left Front combine could win just 1 ward against Trinamool that swept the municipality. The elected member quickly switched to the ruling party after his win was confirmed. The BJP, which has been trying to position itself as the main opposition to Trinamool, won 3 wards – 2 in Pujali and 1 in Raiganj.

The polls were marred by unprecedented violence in which many political workers, across parties, were injured.

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    Rakesh Pandit
    May 17, 2017 at 11:41 pm
    Hills are smel , not smi mamtha banerji. Smel of your muslim bias and anti indu discrimination.
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      Deshu
      May 17, 2017 at 8:36 pm
      The hills are NOT smi , But Didi is smi . She knows how to how to come to power by keeping state backward and voters to be more illiterate and poverty ridden all times so that with her slogans and corrupt practices, as seen during recent years TMC comes to power.She knows educated Bengalis leave WB and settle in other states.
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        arc
        May 17, 2017 at 7:31 pm
        Go to Calcutta for the best cut of gaumata meat. Bengal knows how to make mincemeat out of gaumata and their gadha sons who don't know which bull on the street is their father.
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          indian man
          May 17, 2017 at 8:32 pm
          I think you a Muslim. If you from Pakstan then ok. But if you from India, then you should be ashamed of yourself. Living in India, eating in India and abusing India. Why not go to Pakstan, terro rist..
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            arc
            May 17, 2017 at 9:43 pm
            I am Indian, an enlightened educated Indian, unlike the gadhas of BJP. And where did I abuse India? I just said gaumata meat is good to eat. I am sure you think paneer is the ultimate in great food. Don't equate gaumata meat with India. Only gadhas do it. BTW, I eat pig chicken fish and gaumata meat. What can you do about it? And I think R-ASSES half pant guys should also eat both pig and gaumata. That will make them stronger and courageous to go to Kashmir and fight and prove their true indianness.
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            Rakesh Pandit
            May 17, 2017 at 11:39 pm
            Looks like some "gadha son" has sodomised this chap badly....He is whimpering even now ...:))
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              George Cruz
              May 18, 2017 at 6:29 am
              Tes, Arc is a Muslim from Kerala, hate Hindus, and an anti-national.
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              Raman Ravi
              May 17, 2017 at 7:18 pm
              Mamata won due to gorkhas are disenchanted with chor Bimal Gurung n voted for TMC, specially in Mirik which is mainly in the plains. Rest areas like Darjee , Kalimpong n Kur ng are comprised of typical khao, piyo mouz karo type gorkhas who has voted for Gurung. You mark my word mamata will lose 2019 election to BJP due to her bias towards muslims n antipathy towards hindus who are treated as second cl citizens in Bengal. Only thing BJP needs a Bengali speaking leader of m repute to win the same. Amit Shah is a misfit in Bengal due to language problems.
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                arc
                May 17, 2017 at 7:17 pm
                Kerala should be able to take ca re of the R-ASSES chaddis -- one at a time . that's the day to finish them using their own medicine used in gujarat.
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                  Truth
                  May 17, 2017 at 7:01 pm
                  Punjab, followed by Bengal and the Southern States should show that they are not dumb Bhakts
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                    Rakesh Katyal
                    May 17, 2017 at 6:54 pm
                    EVM tampering ??
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                      arc
                      May 17, 2017 at 6:44 pm
                      Bengal does not care for the cow lo.v.I.ng party of gadhas. Bengal does not care for Lulla Ram of Ayodhya. Bengal doesn't want to be told they have to learn Hindi compulsorily. Bengal eats goat chicken cow pig fish. They don't like to be told what to eat. Bengal does not care for parties run by uneducated people. Bengal does not care for Narad Day. I can't imagine these R-ASSES types are so naive that they wanted to hold a Narad Day in Calcutta to honour chaddi journalists and got a slap on their face instead. Narad Day? Seriously? Bengal does not care for gaurakshaks. Bengal agrees Krishna was a serial molester and makes fun of him while worshipping him too. Bengal culture does not exclude non- Hindus. Bengal doesn't care for chaddis who claim to be patriots but are murderers. Remember the resistance to British raj started in Bengal. Bengal does not like lardtub Amit Shah. Bengal does not like guys with fake degrees.
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                        manu
                        May 17, 2017 at 8:08 pm
                        i really dnt know what pervert entertainmetn you are getting by insulting hindu gods krishna etc...so your problem is not bjp or modi..its against hindus... one can imagien what you will do if get majorty population in nida..i bet it will same as mughal and tippu did to your ancestors ..
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                          indian man
                          May 17, 2017 at 8:35 pm
                          Your kind of terro rist is more dangerous than any bomb
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                            arc
                            May 17, 2017 at 10:51 pm
                            @both Manu and Indian Man. Neither of you actually had anything to say to counter any of the points I made. Typical chaddis with no power of argument except abuse. As for making fun of gods and goddess, they are characters to be made fun of. I mean look at joker Ram who killed his wife, look at Mohammed with his many wives and children without count, look at Jesus, born of an a ual union, something like our R-ASSES gadhas think they can use to create perfect Indians -- tall fair and handsome. And we call others racists. What jokers these frustrated old men of R-ASSES are. Their supporters too.
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