Having won 13 zilla parishads out of 17 in the panchayat polls,the Trinamool Congress consolidated its position before the Lok Sabha elections and went a step closer to emerging as one of the single largest regional blocks in 2014.
Both the Congress and CPM were down to just one zilla parishad in Murshidabad and Jalpaiguri,respectively,while Malda and North Dinajpur were locked in a tie with the Trinamool Congress as the deciding factor.
In the final tally,the Trinamool Congress bagged 215 panchayat samitis out of the 329 contested.
The Trinamool Congress also won 530 zilla parishad seats out of 825 contested. In both the segments,the total number of seats won constituted about 65 per cent of the total seats.
In the lowest tier of gram panchayats too,it was close to the same percentage of seats with about 400 gram panchayats held in a tie where the ruling party always have the advantage.
Mamata convened a Trinamool Congress Parliamentary Party meet at Writers Buildings on Tuesday afternoon where,apart form other critical issues like the Gorkhaland agitation,the panchayat results were also discussed.
A senior Trinamool Congress MP said: Didi was really happy with the results in South Bengal districts. The three LWE-affected districts of West Midnapore,Bankura and Purulia gave Trinamool Congress an overwhelming mandate with over 75 per cent seats won. But she cautioned against post-poll violence.
In West Bengals coalition politics,triangular contests had always given the Left an edge over the Congress and the Trinamool Congress by splitting the anti-Left votes.
But this poll makes a break,and with very little of the Congress following remaining,the Trinamool Congress emerges as the commanding political voice.
Murshidabad,the district with maximum Muslim population and Congress leader Adhir Chowdhury at its helm, remained the only one with a clear Congress supremacy.
But here too,theTrinamool Congress fared better than earlier polls winning nine GPs and two zilla parishad seats.
In both Malda and North Dinajpur,the Trinamool Congress made deep inroads. In Malda,it captured 6 zilla parishad seats,10 gram panchayats,and became the deciding factor in five hung panchayat samitis.
Deepa Das Munshi and Abhu Hasem Khan Chowdhury,both central ministers,alleged that the Trinamool Congress has served CPM interests,having sabotaged their chances.
The CPM latched onto its hold in Jalpaiguri district where it won 27 of the 37 zilla parishad seats and would form the board. Its prospect in North Dinajpur is looking up with the results tied up at 13-13.