The counting of Panchayat Elections in West Bengal is on and the results look to be as expected. The repolling was more or less peaceful and was held amidst tight security. Counting in progress, reported ANI.
- 11: 27 am: Trinamool Congress is leading in 39 blocks of Nadia's Hanskhali. The BJP stood in distant second after it won 5,050 seats and are leading in 55 GP seats. BJP is in the 3 position with 38 blocks. His son Hakimul Islam, who is wanted by the police in the same case, wins from a gram panchayat seat in Polerhat II.
Mamata Banerjee-led Trinamool Congress is all set for a clean sweep in all three tiers of West Bengal local body elections.
The BJP and the CPI (M) were leading in one seat each.
The BJP managed to move ahead or win a section of Panchayat seats, especially in Murshidabad and Jhargram districts, while the Left and Congress were pushed to margins.
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Out of total 31,802 Gram Panchayat seats Trinamool Congress won 20,103 seats, BJP won 5291 CPI (M) won 1522, Congress won 969 seats and Independent candidates won 1708. As per reports of the leading media portal, ABP Ananda, the duo was wounded post the ruling TMC supporters have fired on them. They reportedly first drove out the election agents of opposition parties. The votes were counted on Thursday and full results across three tiers would emerge well past press time.
- 8: 48 am: The fighting has also been happened in the Rajarhat's Chandpur block. The opposition thought giving outside support to the Independent candidates would reap them benefits. A vehicle of a local Congress leader has also been vandalised, as per media reports.
In Birbhum, BJP and Trinamool Congress activists clashed with each other outside a counting station. This is West Bengal panchayat polls, where unprecedented things have happened over the last one month. Counting is taking place in 291 centres in 20 districts in which elections took place.
The panchayat elections saw 29 electoral violence-related deaths on the polling day and afterwards. The Union home ministry has asked the West Bengal government to provide a detailed report on the violence during the polls.
Almost 71,000 security personnel from West Bengal and neighbouring states were deployed for the panchayat polls, News 18 reported.
According to the latest figures, Trinamool has won in 20 out of 825 Zilla Parishad seats and is comfortably leading in another 22, while the opposition parties drew a blank. EC on Thursday ordered re-polling at 79/80 of Fulbari-1 in West Bengal's Jalpaiguri.