September 25, 2013 1:48:50 am
In a reinforcement of its hold over the political arena in West Bengal,the ruling Trinamool Congress registered a victory in the civic polls,winning eight of the 12 municipal bodies,just two months after sweeping the panchayat polls.
The victory increases TMC tally by six from just two in 2008 elections. The biggest loser in the elections,held on September 21,is the Left Front,which could win just one civic body. Two municipalities were bagged by the Congress while Alipurduar in Jalpaiguri district was locked in a tangle.
In two municipalities of Burdwan and Chakdah,the TMC swept all the 35 and 21 wards respectively. Both Burdwan and Chakdah were Left bastions. In both these municipalities,the CPM had withdrawn from the contest on the day of polling alleging large scale rigging and violence. However,the state election commission did not take cognizance of the complaints.
The TMC supremacy is overwhelming with the party having 64.75 per cent or the 158 wards out of the total 244 that had gone to the polls. The CPM could win only 46 wards of 244 (19 per cent).
TMC general secretary Mukul Roy said the people have supported CM Mamata Banerjees development agenda. If the panchayat polls showed how the rural masses had supported the Trinamool,the municipal poll results are a reiteration of the urban support for Mamata Banerjees aggressive development initiatives, said Roy.
However,Biman Bose,the CPM politburo member and the partys West Bengal state secretary,said that the municipal poll results were not a true reflection of the peoples choice. The polls have been marked by rigging,violence and terror forcing the CPM to withdraw in several places. Still,the party managed to win some seats, he said.
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