Trinamool's all-conquering run in Bengal Panchayat polls, BJP second

The poll panel has asked the state government and the police to make elaborate security arrangements so that polling can be held in a free and fair manner

TMC has won several seats in the gram panchayat polls.

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has emerged a distant second in nearly all the districts. Interestingly, independents have won more seats that the Left this time, winning 1,465 gram panachayat seats, a tally which is higher than that of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) which bagged 1,186 seats till late in the evening.

According to reports, activists of TMC have allegedly indulged in stamping ballot papers even on results day.

Kolkata: Continuing its victory-run, the Trinamul Congress on Thursday swept the panchayat elections by winning 19 out of 20 zilla parishads (ZP) and emerging victorious in majority of the seats at the panchayat samiti (PS) and gram panchayat (GP) levels in the state.

The counting of votes began at 8am on Thursday amid tight security.

In the traditional Congress stronghold of Malda, the TMC won 973 gram panchayat seats, the BJP 502, the Congress 359 and CPI (M) 101 seats. "People voted us for the development work carried out across the state".

In West Bengal's Bhangar, which has been on the boil over the construction of a power grid sub-station by the state government over the last one year, the Independent candidates backed by Jomi-Jibika-Bastutantra O Poribesh Rokkha Committee (committee for protecting life, livelihood, ecology and environment) won five out of eight Gram Panchayat seats, wherever voting took place.

Training guns at the ruling party, BJP leader Shameek Bhattacharya alleged, "The TMC, which unleashed terror for the past one month, carried on its atrocities during the counting of votes". It isn't the state election commission but the voters who have decided the fate of this election.

Apart from Trinamool's wonderful victories that surpassed by several notches the exploits of the Left Front during its heydays of 1980s and '90s, the BJP put up a good show pushing the Marxists to the third spot. "Despite oppositions like BJP, CPI (M) and others contesting the polls".

The state's ruling party also has won or was ahead of its rivals in 570 Panchayat Samiti seats. "Those seats which witnessed uncontested win were not contested by the Opposition parties because they failed to field candidates there", she said.

Of the total 48,650 seats in gram panchayats, 16,814 went uncontested. Chief minister Mamata Banerjee, however, has branded them "Maoists".

Of the 622 Zila Parishad seats that were contested, the ruling party has won 351 Zila Parishad seats whereas the BJP, Left and Congress are leading in 9, 2 and 4 seats respectively.

The Central government on Wednesday again sought a report from the West Bengal government over the violence during panchayat elections in the state earlier this week that left at least 10 dead.