West Bengal panchayat election results LIVE UPDATES: BJP worker alleges attack by TMC workers in Jalpaiguri

The BJP emerged second, winning 5,465 seats (17.1 per cent) and leading in 28 seats. While independent candidates won 1,741 seats, the CPI(M) won 1,415 seats and was leading in 13 seats, and the Congress got 993 seats.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: May 18, 2018 10:28:08 pm
West Bengal panchayat election results LIVE UPDATES: Stage set for massive TMC victory Of the 31,812 gram panchayat seats where polls were held, TMC had won 20,441 seats (64.2 per cent) and was leading in 315 seats till 9.30 pm on Thursday. (Express photo by Partha Paul)

The ruling Trinamool Congress (TMC) looks all set for a massive victory in West Bengal’s panchayat elections, for which polling was held on May 14. The BJP emerged a distant second in most districts of the state, leaving the CPI(M) and Congress behind as the results poured in last evening.

Of the 31,812 gram panchayat seats where polls were held, TMC had won 20,441 seats (64.2 per cent) and was leading in 315 seats till 9.30 pm on Thursday. The BJP emerged second, winning 5,465 seats (17.1 per cent) and leading in 28 seats. While independent candidates won 1,741 seats, the CPI(M) won 1,415 seats and was leading in 13 seats, and the Congress got 993 seats.

Of the 6,125 panchayat samiti seats which went to polls, TMC won 3,598 seats (58.7 per cent) and was leading in 299 seats. The BJP was second, winning 460 seats (7.5 per cent) and leading in 28, followed by the CPI(M) with 63 seats and leading in 7 seats. Independent candidates won 77 seats and were leading in two seats.

Of the 621 zilla parishad seats, TMC won 159 seats (25.6 per cent) and was leading in 168 seats. While the BJP was leading in five seats, the CPI(M) was leading in only one seat and independent candidates were leading in two seats. However, the final results would be declared by today evening.

Widespread violence during the polls claimed at least 14 lives and left over 40 injured.

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19:19 (IST) 18 May 2018
West Bengal govt to offer job, compensation to wife of deceased panchayat poll official

A senior official in Kolkata on Friday said that the West Bengal government would offer a job and Rs 5 lakh compensation to the wife of a deceased panchayat poll official. Besides, the government would also give Rs 2 lakh each to the families of 14 other people who lost their lives during the panchayat elections, the official was quoted by PTI as saying.

14:23 (IST) 18 May 2018

For those who don't know, the BJP had got 17.2 per cent vote share in West Bengal in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls. It was a major jump from 6.4 per cent votes it had managed in 2009. In 2016 assembly polls, the BJP got 10.16 per cent vote share in the state.

13:41 (IST) 18 May 2018
All political parties, despite differences should work for the nation: Mamata

“There may be differences between political parties. But we must all work for the nation. If regional parties can come together, I will be the happiest,” said Mamata Banerjee on Thursday.

13:28 (IST) 18 May 2018
Monetary help will be provided to kin of those deceased in violence: Mamata

Mamata Banerjee also said yesterday that monetary help will be provided “in whatever way we can” to the families of those who have lost their lives. 

13:26 (IST) 18 May 2018
Mamata questions BSF's interference in Bengal panchayat polls

“Why did the BSF interfere in the border districts of Bankura, Purulia and Jhargram, bordering the BJP-ruled Jharkhand, and Murshidabad and Malda, bordering Bangladesh? Voting had to be stopped. A lot of money has come in from Assam and Jharkhand. All these will end democracy in the country. The Tripura elections have opened our eyes," said Mamata.

13:24 (IST) 18 May 2018
Panchayat polls results show how strong TMC is at grassroot level: Mamata

Reacting to the Panchayat election results on Thursday evening,  Mamata Banerjee had said: "Despite the tie-up between the Opposition parties in some places, including with the Maoists, “The Trinamool has won 90% of the seats where elections were held. This shows how strong we are at the grassroot level.”

“We had candidates in many seats that were uncontested. But the Supreme Court will decide on that. In today’s results, that include the re-polling in about 600 booths which, keep in mind, has not happened before, show that this has been a contest where the CPI(M), Congress, BJP and Maoists have fought together. Even then, Trinamool has won in 90% seats," she added.

13:19 (IST) 18 May 2018
BJP worker alleges attack by TMC workers in Jalpaiguri
12:49 (IST) 18 May 2018
'Bengal violence fallout of economic clashes and ruling party aggression'

Dearth of effective employment, aggressive political campaigns and a common tendency of the ruling parties to throttle the voice of the opposition are the major factors in the culture of political violence in West Bengal, say experts and politicians.

Despite being largely free from caste conflicts and sectarian strife, the state has for decades topped the chart in political clashes which have left hundreds dead and maimed and caused loss of property worth crores of rupees.

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12:46 (IST) 18 May 2018

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. The re-polling on Wednesday saw a 68 per cent turnout.

12:38 (IST) 18 May 2018
Congress, CPM demand President’s Rule in Bengal, BJP says too early

The Congress and CPM have demanded the imposition of President’s Rule in the state in view of the widespread violence during the state panchayat polls. A Congress delegation led by state party president Adhir Chowdhury met Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi at the Raj Bhawan with their demand on Thursday. READ MORE

12:35 (IST) 18 May 2018

Mamata Banerjee said that statements have been given based on the information from their (BJP) party. "They should have cross-checked that 10 of my party workers died. We have filed an FIR in every case. The truth will prevail," she said.

PM Modi on May 15 denounced the poll violence and killings as a "murder of democracy" and said all parties, except the state's ruling TMC, were heavily affected by the violence.

12:33 (IST) 18 May 2018
PM Modi's remarks on Bengal poll violence unexpected: Mamata Banerjee

Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had termed Prime Minister Narendra Modi's remarks on the violence in the West Bengal panchayat polls as 'unexpected' and claimed the statements were made without proper checking of facts. At least 12 people had lost their lives while more than 40 other injured during the polls held on May 14. 

'There has been a lot of slanderous propaganda against us. We have been disrespected. Even the Prime Minister has talked on this. We did not expect this from him. A Chief Minister can never say something about the Prime Minister that is unconstitutional. We have a limit. The Prime Minister has criticised us, but I kept mum out of courtesy,' Banerjee said on Thursday in Kolkata.

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BJP state president Dilip Ghosh expressed satisfaction over the results, saying they were not bad despite facing “terror” from the nomination phase. “We would have done much better if our candidates had been allowed to submit their nominations and if the ruling party had not killed democracy by using its goons,’’ he said. “The real game will be played in the Lok Sabha elections and we will show that people of Bengal are with us.”

Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee hinted at attempts to influence the elections. “Bengal shares its border with Jharkhand, Bihar and Bangladesh. Why people from Bangladesh were brought to the state on the poll day?’’ she asked. “What was BSF doing? Law and order is a state subject. Why were we not informed about it?”

Mamata said large amounts of cash was seized. “Cash was brought from various places.. from Assam, Jharkhand and other places. Who bought this and why was it done during West Bengal panchayat polls?”