Published: Thu, May 17, 2018
People | By Neil Grant

Bengal panchayat results: Trinamool takes lead, BJP emerges second

Bengal panchayat results: Trinamool takes lead, BJP emerges second

Kolkata: Amid fear of violence, counting for the West Bengal panchayat election 2018 began at 8 am today. The results will decide the future of prominent parties in West Bengal like Trinamool Congress, which is led by Mamata Banerjee, the Bhartiya Janata Party and the Communist Party of India. The panchayat elections saw high political drama-from repolling in 19 districts to Prime Minister wading in, calling the elections a murder of democracy.

Sources are saying that the Trinamool Congress has already won 20,163 of the total 58,692 seats unopposed.

There is fear of violence during the counting process because of which heavy security has been deployed.

The West Bengal unit of the BJP today slammed the TMC for "murdering democracy" in the state during yesterday's Panchayat polls that left at least 12 people dead and several injured. The rural polls are expected to reflect trends with regard to the position of various opposition parties ahead of the parliamentary elections. Elections were held in 622 Zilla Parishads, 6,158 Panchayat Samitis and 31,836 Gram Panchayats across West Bengal.

Ruling Trinamool Congress has so far won 133 seats out of 912 gram panchayat seats where polling was held in Bankura district whereas BJP has claimed 80 seats and CPI (M) 15. An approximate voting percentage of 82.13 percent had been recorded on Monday, an increase from the 73 percent voter turnout in the previous state Panchayat polls. This is because 16,814 gram panchayat seats, 3,059 panchayat samiti seats and 203 zila parishad were uncontested.

Anuj Sharma, additional director general of police (law and order) admitted to six deaths in poll-related violence since Sunday night.

Taking note of the incident, the Ministry of Home Affairs also sought a report from the state government regarding incidents of violence during Panchayat Election in the state.

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