West Bengal Civic Polls: While TMC Wins Big, BJP Emerges Second; Congress Fails to Win a Single Ward
Kolkata, August 18: The Trinamool Congress on Thursday swept the West Bengal civic polls, winning on all seven corporations. The TMC won Panskura and Haldia Municipalities in East Midnapore district, Nalhati Municipality in Birbhum, Buniadpur Municipality in South Dinajpur, Dhupguri Municipality in Jalpaiguri, Durgapur Municipal Corporation in Burdwan West and Cooper’s Camp Notified Authority in Nadia districts. While the TMC emerged as the winning party, it was the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), and not the Left, that came out as an Opposition and main challenger.
The BJP emerged second at most corporations while the Left was third. The BJP won four wards in Dhupguri and one each in Buniyadpur and Panskura. The vote share of the party also increased considerably. In Haldia, which was Left stronghold, the TMC registered a clean sweep while the BJP got approximately 10 per cent vote share. The Left was reduced to a 5 per cent vote share in its bastion.
In Durgapur too, while it was a clean sweep for the TMC, the BJP emerged as the second party in terms of vote share. The party got 15 per cent votes approximately.
While it was a dismal performance by the Left, the Congress failed to win even a single ward in any of the seven corporations.
The TMC also won the by-elections for two wards – Champdani Municipality (ward 12) and Jhargram Municipality (ward 7). The voting for the civic polls and bypolls was held on Sunday. The voting was largely peaceful even as a couple of incidents of violence were reported.