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West Bengal Panchayat Election Result 2018 Highlights: TMC has won in 90 per cent of the seats, says Mamata Banerjee

West Bengal Panchayat Election Result 2018 Live Updates: The Trinamool Congress is leading in most of the Gram Panchayat and Panchayat Samiti seats. Out of 31,802 GP seats, the party has won 4,713 seats and is leading in 2,762 seats till 1 pm.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: May 18, 2018 12:45:34 pm
West Bengal Panchayat Election Results 2018 LIVE UPDATES: TMC women workers celebrate in Howrah's Uluberia on Thursday. (IE Bangla photo) West Bengal Panchayat Election Results 2018 LIVE UPDATES: TMC women workers celebrate in Howrah’s Uluberia on Thursday. (IE Bangla photo)

The ruling Trinamool Congress is all set for a clean sweep in the three-tier West Bengal panchayat polls, the counting for which began on Thursday morning amid tight security. The party is leading in most of the Gram Panchayat (GP) and Panchayat Samiti (PS) seats.

Out of 31,802 GP seats, TMC has won 4,713 seats and is leading in 2,762 seats till 1 pm. The BJP has emerged second after it won 898 GP seats and leading in 242 seats. Surprisingly, independent candidates won 317 GP seats and leading in 136 seats. The TMC is also at the forefront in most of the PS seats. The counting of total 621 Zilla Parishad seats is expected to begin shortly.

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Meanwhile, re-polling at 572 booths across 19 districts in the state took place on Wednesday after opposition parties approached the State Election Commission citing the violence and booth rigging that marred the gram panchayat elections on Monday, which saw a voter turnout of 73 per cent and 14 people being killed across several districts. The re-polling on Wednesday saw a 68 per cent turnout. Read in Bangla

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20:52 (IST) 17 May 2018
Green storm in Bengal panchayat elections

As per latest reports, the Trinamool had won or was in the lead in over 80 per cent of the lowest tier Gram Panchayat seats, and over 90 per cent of the middle level Panchayat Samiti seats. In the top tier, Zilla Parishad, the Trinamool almost wiped out the opposition.

20:49 (IST) 17 May 2018
TMC emerged victorious in 90 per cent of the seats, says Mamata

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee says TMC has emerged victorious in 90 per cent of the seats. "TMC has emerged victorious in 90% seats despite the opposition parties coming together. This shows how strong we are at the grassroot level," ANI quoted Banerjee as saying. In the 2013 panchayat elections too, TMC had won 90 per cent of the seats, besides all the zilla parishad seats.

18:57 (IST) 17 May 2018
State election commission orders re-polling at Jalpaiguri booth

The West Bengal Election Commission has ordered re-polling at part no 79/80 of Fulbari-1 in Jalpaiguri District. Counting agent of BJP candidate Doli Sutradhar had alleged that he was attacked by TMC supporters who also looted ballot papers at the counting room.

18:37 (IST) 17 May 2018
Of 621 Zilla Parishad seats, TMC has won 351

Here are the latest updates, according to a news channel. Of 621 Zilla Parishad seats, TMC has won 351, while BJP is leading in 9. The Left and Congress are leading in 2 and 4 seats respectively. Meanwhile, out of the 6,123 panchayat samiti seats that went to polls, TMC has won 2,543 seats and BJP just 162. The Left and Congress have bagged 79 and 67 seats respectively. Coming to gram panchayats, out of 31,802 seats, TMC has won a whopping 21,148 seats and BJP 1,393 seats. The tally for Left and Congress stands at 314 and 219 respectively.

18:13 (IST) 17 May 2018
BJP main challenger to TMC in almost all districts except Murshidabad, Malda

Overall, BJP emerged as the main challenger to TMC in gram panchayat in almost every districts except Murshidabad and Malda, the two Congress strongholds. In Murshidabad, TMC has bagged 466 seats, followed by the Congress with 83 seats. The CPI(M) and the BJP have bagged 48 and 24 seats respectively in the district, SEC said.

17:40 (IST) 17 May 2018
TMC has won/leading in 89 per cent of gram sabha seats

Out of the 31,836 gram sabha seat that went to polls, here are the results for 29,634 seats till 4 pm. As expected, TMC has won/leading in 26,601 seats, which forms about 89 per cent of the total seats. BJP has won 6.85 per cent of the seats, while Left and Congress have just 1.38 per cent and 1.06 per cent of the seats in their kitty.

16:52 (IST) 17 May 2018
TMC has won 20 zilla parishad seats

TMC has so far won 20 zilla parishad seats and is leading in 239 seats. No opposition party has so far won a single zilla parishad seat. Elections were held in 621 Zilla Parishad seats. In pictures | TMC supporters celebrate sweeping victory

16:25 (IST) 17 May 2018
SEC has turned deaf ear to reports of violence, says BJP leader Samik Bhattacharya

Addressing a press conference, BJP leader Samik Bhattacharya said SEC had been informed about the repeated incidents of violence but it fell in deaf ears. Bhattacharya further said that in these circumstances, where alleged TMC workers are disrupting counting of votes in several districts, it was difficult to hold free and fair elections. 'People are ready to vote against TMC if get a chance to vote in a smooth, peaceful election,' the BJP leader said. He also alleged that BJP winning candidates were being threatened and women workers were being locked up in offices.

TMC workers rejoice in Kolkata. (Express photo by Partha Pal)

15:43 (IST) 17 May 2018
It is a good trend, people are with us, says Partha Chatterjee

Even though TMC took early leads in the West Bengal panchayat elections, party's Secretary General Partha Chatterjee expressed caution. 'It is a good trend for us. We have said before that the people are with us. But I think it too early to comment as the counting for Panchayat Samiti seats are yet to be done,' Chatterjee told IANS. In West Bengal's Bhangar, that has been on the boil over the construction of a power grid sub-station by the state government over the last one year, the Independent candidates backed by Jomi-Jibika-Bastutantra O Poribesh Rokkha Committee (Committee for protecting life, livelihood, ecology and environment) won gram panchayat seats, wherever voting took place. The Panchayat Samiti was, however, won by the ruling party.

West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee outside her house in Kolkata on Thursday. (Express photo by Sashi Ghosh) 

15:38 (IST) 17 May 2018
TMC wins panchayat samiti seat in Babul Supriyo's Lok Sabha constituency

TMC wins Ranigunj Panchayat Samiti seat in Paschim Burdwan district. Interestingly, Ranigunj falls under BJP minister Babul Supriyo's Lok Sabha constituency. TMC is leading in 32 seats in Hooghly district and has won the seat of Raghunathpur. 

15:23 (IST) 17 May 2018
Alleged TMC miscreants storm counting centre in Nadia, put proxy votes

Meanwhile, in an unprecedented incident, miscreants allegedly backed by Trinamool Congress were seen putting proxy votes inside a counting centre in full view of polling officials and police. The incident took place in Nadia District. Sudhir Chandra Lal Memorial College in Majhdia town was the venue of a counting centre of Krishnagunj block in Nadia. As counting progressed, it was seen that independent candidates backed by opposition parties was leading in several places, including in 102 booth of Shibnivas Gram Panchayat seat. Around noon, a group of miscreants, allegedly TMC workers, barged in the counting centre. They first drove out the election agents of opposition parties. Then they along with counting agents allegedly of the ruling party started giving proxy votes, by stamping the ballot papers.

15:19 (IST) 17 May 2018
Hakimul, son of TMC leader Arabul Islam, wins from Bhangar

In South 24 Parganas, Hakimul, son of TMC leader Arabul Islam, who was recently arrested in connection with the murder of Independent candidate Hafizul Mollah, has won in Bhangar. Earlier in the day, Arabul was declared winner in South 24 Parganas district.

14:58 (IST) 17 May 2018
Independent candidate Niladri Sukul accuses TMC of violence

Independent candidate Niladri Sukul said, "I was ahead of the TMC candidate by 220 votes. A group of TMC miscreants started thrashing me and drove me out of the counting centre. While I was pushed out, I saw them casting false votes. All this happened in booth number 101 in Nadia."

14:51 (IST) 17 May 2018
CPM protests continue in Kolkata
14:34 (IST) 17 May 2018
TMC celebrations continue

TMC workers celebrate with green colour on Thursday. (IE Photo)

14:26 (IST) 17 May 2018
Watch: Police lathi-charge TMC, BJP workers in Birbhum
14:25 (IST) 17 May 2018
CPM protest in Kolkata

In Kakdwip (South 24 Parganas), protests erupted in Kolkata after police refused to hand over the bodies of two CPM activists to their families. CPI(M) leader Sujan Chakraborty was also attacked, sources said.

14:09 (IST) 17 May 2018
BJP shares video of 'TMC' workers disrupting counting of votes

State BJP took to Twitter to share a video of a group of alleged TMC workers capturing a counting centre in Nadia.

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14:01 (IST) 17 May 2018
TMC killing democracy like BJP: Yechury

CPI(M) General Secretary Sitaram Yechury also slammed the Bengal government for interrupting re-polling on Wednesday. "The true face of TMC. This is how brazen they are even during a repoll. BJP is killing democracy, and so is the TMC," he tweeted.

13:43 (IST) 17 May 2018
BJP's Sambit Patra hits out at CM Mamata Banerjee over poll violence

On Wednesday, BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra hit out at Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee over the incidents of violence that took place on polling day. While referring to an instance where the presiding officer of Raiganj was reportedly abducted and murdered, he said, "And the saviour of Democracy in Bengal,Mamata Banerjee, was crying foul of Democracy being murdered in Karnataka! What’s happening in Bengal is unbelievable I pray for the deceased in the tweet..extremely sad indeed!"

13:40 (IST) 17 May 2018
TMC workers celebrate in Uluberia

TMC women workers celebrate with colours in Howrah's Uluberia on Thursday. (Photo: IE Bangla)

13:07 (IST) 17 May 2018
TMC workers celebrate in North 24 Parganas, counting underway
12:53 (IST) 17 May 2018
TMC leader Arabul Islam wins in Bhangar, Dudhkumar Mandal in Birbhum

TMC leader Arabul Islam, who was recently arrested in connection with the murder of Independent candidate Hafizul Mollah, has won from Bhangar in South 24 Parganas district. Mollah was shot in his face during a rally in Bhangar on May 11. In Birbhum, TMC's Dudhkumar Mandal.

12:45 (IST) 17 May 2018
Five land agitators, who filed nomination via WhatsApp, win in South 23 Parganas

Five of the eight land agitators, who had filed their nomination via WhatsApp, have won the Polerhat II gram panchayat seats in South 24 Parganas. The agitators had claimed that they were being prevented from reaching the office designated for the purpose by armed hooligans. The candidates had sent photos of their filled up nomination papers to the authorities concerned through WhatsApp, claiming that they were manhandled and that their papers were snatched at the Alipore Survey Building, petitioner Sharmistha Chowdhury had said.

12:33 (IST) 17 May 2018
Visuals from East Bardhaman

Counting of votes underway in East Bardhaman's Galsi Mahavidyalaya. (Photo: IE Bangla)

12:24 (IST) 17 May 2018
Chaos continues in Dhaneswarpur

According to sources, TMC workers continue to disrupt the polling process in West Midnapore's Dhaneswarpur area.

12:15 (IST) 17 May 2018
TMC celebrations in Barrackpore

TMC workers celebrate the party's results in Barrackpore's Panpur area on Thursday. (Photo: IE Bangla)

11:18 (IST) 17 May 2018
Counting interrupted in West Midnapore's Dhaneswarpur

According to sources, TMC workers have reportedly interrupted the polling process in West Midnapore's Dhaneswarpur area.

11:06 (IST) 17 May 2018
Gram panchayat poll results at 11 am

The following are the results at 11.00 am: TMC - 4,509, Left - 281, Congress 137, BJP - 361, Others - 51.

10:33 (IST) 17 May 2018
Gram panchayat results at 10.30 am

At 10.30 am, gram panchayat election results show that TMC is leading in 1,613 seats, followed by BJP who is leading in 179 seats. The Congress is leading in 43 seats while the Left is leading in 12 seats.

10:23 (IST) 17 May 2018
40 mobile phones found in Jalpaiguri counting centre

Forty mobiles phones were seized from a counting centre at Jalpaiguri's Polytechnic Institute, ANI reported.

10:21 (IST) 17 May 2018
TMC leading in Purulia

According to sources, TMC is currently leading in Purulia district. Here, exit polls have predicted that out of 20 panchayat samiti seats, TMC will win 13 seats, BJP will bag two seats and Congress three seats. In Zilla Parishad, TMC is set to win 28 out of 38 seats.

10:07 (IST) 17 May 2018
What happened in the 2013 panchayat elections?

Currently, the TMC controls 90 per cent of the Panchayat seats, apart from all the Zilla Parishads of the state. In the 2013 panchayat elections, BJP received a meagre three per cent vote after fielding only 9,000 candidates.

09:45 (IST) 17 May 2018
Visuals from inside a counting centre in North 24 Parganas
09:44 (IST) 17 May 2018
Counting of votes underway in North Bengal
09:09 (IST) 17 May 2018
What have the exit polls predicted?

According to exit poll by News18, there will be a “Green storm” in Bengal. It predicted that TMC will win all 26 panchayat samiti seats in Murshidabad. In Birbhum too, exit polls have predicted a clean sweep for TMC in 19 panchayat samiti seats. It has already won all the 42 zilla parishad seats uncontested.In Nadia, BJP is predicted to win three panchayat samiti seats, while the rest 15 may go to TMC. Among the 47 zilla parishad seats in Nadia, TMC is set to bag 40 seats, the exit polls predicted. In Purulia, exit polls have predicted that out of 20 panchayat samiti seats, TMC will win 13 seats, BJP will bag two seats and Congress three seats. In Zilla Parishad, TMC is set to win 28 out of 38 seats in Purulia.

08:42 (IST) 17 May 2018
MHA seeks second report from state government on poll violence

On Wednesday, the Union home ministry asked the West Bengal government to provide a second detailed report on the violence during the polls after it found the initial report sent by the Mamata Banerjee-led government “sketchy”. The state government was directed to provide details on the circumstances leading to the violence and the steps taken to restore peace and punish those involved.

08:37 (IST) 17 May 2018
Re-polling in 568 panchayat booths

Re-polling was held at 568 panchayat booths across 19 districts on Wednesday after opposition parties approached the State Election Commission citing the violence and booth rigging that marred the polling process on Monday. The re-polling on Wednesday saw a 68 per cent turnout.

08:34 (IST) 17 May 2018
Counting of votes begin in most districts

The counting of votes has begun in most districts. However, the process has been delayed at a centre in North 24 Parganas. 

08:27 (IST) 17 May 2018
When will the counting of votes start?

The counting of votes for gram panchayat elections is expected to begin at 8 am. Since the elections took place through ballot papers and not EVMs, the counting of votes will be a tardy process and the final result can be expected only by late evening.

Elections were held in 622 zila parishads and 6,158 panchayat samitis, besides 31,836 gram panchayats of the state. This is because 16,814 gram panchayat seats, 3,059 panchayat samiti seats and 203 zila parishad were uncontested. Trinamool candidates were elected unopposed in 34 per cent of seats. In the 2013 Assembly elections, TMC won 90 per cent of the Panchayat seats, apart from all the Zilla Parishads of the state.