Kolkatta: In an unprecedented development, Mamata Banerjee’s Trinamool Congress has bagged 34% seats in yet-to-be conducted Panchayat Polls.
There will be no polling in 20,076 seats of the total 58,692 seats in the forthcoming three-tier Panchayat polls in West Bengal because the ruling Trinamool Congress has won at about one-third seats uncontested.
It was found out that in terms of percentage TMC has won uncontested in 34 which is a record in the history of Panchayat elections in West Bengal, beating the figure of 2003 when the ruling CPI(M) had won in 11 per cent seats across the state.
According to the information from the State Election Commission (SEC), of the 48,650 Gram Panchayat seats TMC has won in 16,814. Total number of Panchayat Samity seats is 9,217 of which 3,059 have been taken over by the TMC uncontested and of the 825 Zilla Parishad seats TMC has, so far, already won in 203 seats.
Most of the seats where the TMC has won uncontested are in districts of Birbhum, Bankura, Murshidabad and South 24 Parganas. After April 28 which was the last date for withdrawal of nominations, at places which are not going to polls, returning officers have already declared TMC candidates as winners and party supporters have begun celebrations.After the last date of withdrawal, SEC statistics show that of the total 825 Zilla Parishad seats, TMC has withdrawn 134, BJP 153, CPI(M) 79 and Congress 54. Others and independents have withdrawan 491 nominations.
In case of Panchayat Samity, TMC has withdrawan 2407, BJP 931, CPI(M) 558 and Congress 301. Others and independent amounted to 4679.
Withdrawals in case of Gram Panchayat seats figured at 7033 for TMC, 4490 for BJP, 2490 for CPI(M) and 1383 for Congress. Others and independent have withdrawn 18,449 nominations.