Increasing its tally, the Trinamool Congress, which bagged 70 of the total 92 civic bodies in the results declared Tuesday, will form board in another seven of the 11 municipalities that had thrown a fractured mandate and were declared as “hung”. The Congress, which had won five civic bodies, will add three more to its kitty while the Left Front is likely to get control of one more municipality taking its tally to seven.
TMC is set form board in Ramjibanpur municipality in West Midnapore, Bankura, Coochbehar, Taki in North-24 Parganas, Bhadreswar in Hooghly, Katwa in Burdwan and Old Malda.
Jyotipriya Mallick, cabinet minister in-charge of North-24 Parganas confirmed as much. In Taki, the TMC had won eight of the total 16 wards while CPM and BJP had won five and BJP and three seats, respectively. Mallick hinted that one seat required to form the board is likely to come from BJP. In Bankura, TMC won 12 of the 24 seats while CPM won five and BJP got two seats. Congress and an independent candidate won one each seat.
Similarly, in Coochbehar and Bhadreswar (Hooghly), the party got 10 of 20, and 11 of 22 seats, respectively. In a couple of seats each in both the civic bodies have been won by independent candidates, who are likely to support the ruling party. TMC supremo and Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had Tuesday made it clear that her party has already spoken to the independent candidates in most of the hung municipalities and they have agreed to extend support. She had added that her party leaders have already confirmed that they will form board in Katwa. TMC has got 10 of 20 seats in Old Malda and is et to form board there, too.
Significantly, Congress that has won five municipalities, is likely to form board in three to four municipalities, including Dhulian and Beldanga in Murshidabad, Kharagpur in West Midnapore and Joynagar in South-24 Parganas.
Significantly, three of the hung municipalities are in Murshidabad where Congress has performed well. They include Dhuliyan, Beldanga and Jiaganj-Ajimganj. While Congress has won seven of 14 seats in Beldanga, it secured eight of 21 seats in Dhuliyan. The party needs one seat in Beldanga and three in Dhulian to form the board. State Congress chief Adhir Choudhury confirmed that his party will form board in these two municipalities even as TMC leader Indranil Sen, in charge of Murshidabad, said that the ruling party is likely to get control over Dhuliyan municipality.
The Congress may also form board in Kharagpur municipality in West Midnapore and in Joynagar municpalility in South-24 Paraganas. In Kharagpur, the party won 11 of 35 seats —- same as TMC. Left Front got six seats while BJP bagged four. Both Left and BJP are likely to provide support to Congress to form board. In Joynagar, Congress has won in six of the 14 seats while SUCI has got two seats and CPM one. TMC has won four seats. With SUCI opting out, Congress is likely to form board with support of CPM in the civic body. Meanwhile, Left is likely to capture Jiaganj-Ajimganj municipality in which it won seven of 17 seats. Independents won six seats here while Congress bagged four.