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.
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