NEW DELHI: The Trinamool Congress looks set to sweep the violence-scarred three-tier panchayat elections.
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As per data released by the State Election Commission (SEC) at 7.30pm, the ruling TMC has won in 18,606 gram panchayat seats out of the 27,985 seats declared, besides leading in 8,180 seats. Its nearest rival BJP has won 4,482 seats and is leading in 2,419 seats.In all, elections are being held for 63,229 gram panchayat seats, 9,728 Panchayat Samiti seats and 928 Zila Parishad seats.

Trinamool leader Abhishek Banerjee on Tuesday thanked rural Bengal for voting in favour of the party and said the opposition’s campaign of “no vote to Mamata” has turned into “Now vote for Mamata” and has paved the way for the “party’s unwavering success in next year’s Lok Sabha polls”.
The counting is likely to go on for the next two days, officials said.
Here are the developments through the day:
‘Counting to continue for next two days’
Counting of votes for the three-tier panchayat polls to 73,887 seats which besides the gram panchayat seats, also includes 9,730 panchayat samiti seats and 928 zilla parishad seats, began at 8 am on Tuesday peacefully amid tight security.
Vote counting is on at 339 venues spread across 22 districts and is likely to carry over to Wednesday. The maximum number of counting centres is in South 24 Parganas at 28, while the minimum is in Kalimpong at four. Some northern districts are also facing inclement weather.
“Counting began at 8 am and is likely to continue for the next two days. It will take time for the ballots to be counted and the results to be compiled,” an SEC official said.
All the counting venues are manned by armed state police personnel and central forces, with prohibitory orders under Section 144 of CrPC being imposed outside the venue to avoid any untoward incidents. There are a total of 767 strong rooms across 22 districts.
Large crowds of supporters of various candidates gathered at various centres to ensure that counting was conducted correctly.
Gram panchayat seats
As per data released by the State Election Commission (SEC) at 7.30pm, the ruling TMC has won in 18,606 gram panchayat seats out of the 27,985 seats declared, besides leading in 8,180 seats.
Its nearest rival BJP has won 4,482 seats and is leading in 2,419 seats.
The Left Front has won 1,502 seats, of which the CPI(M) alone has won 1,424. The Left is currently leading in 969 seats.
The Congress won 1,073 seats and is leading in 693.
Other parties won 476 seats and led in 208 seats, while independents which included TMC rebels won 1,060 seats and led in 466 seats.
Panchayat Samiti seats
The ruling TMC has won 118 Panchayat samiti seats and is leading in 782 seats.

The BJP has drawn a blank till now though it is leading in 79 seats, while the CPI(M) has won one seat and is leading in 27 others and Congress is leading in 8 seats.
Elections were held for 9,728 Panchayat Samiti seats.
Zila Parishad seats
The TMC has also won all 18 Zila Parishad results declared so far and is leading in 64 others while CPI(M) has won two seats.
In all, there are 928 Zila Parishad seats.
Violence-scarred elections, repolling in 696 seats
The violence which rocked the panchayat polls held on Saturday has claimed at least 15 lives with 11 of them from the ruling TMC.
Since elections were announced last month, the number of people who died in poll-related incidents is now 33, with the ruling party suffering 60% of the deaths.

Allegations of vote tampering and violence by various parties forced the SEC to order re-polling in 696 seats on Monday, which passed more or less peacefully.
Intervention by the Calcutta High Court had seen the deployment of central police forces on both election and counting days.
A voter turnout of 80.71% was recorded on Saturday, whereas a vote percentage of 69.85% was recorded till 5 pm in 696 booths across West Bengal, where repolling was held on Monday.
TMC celebrates, war of words breaks out
In various districts, TMC supporters celebrated their victory by dancing and smearing each other with green colour, the party’s chosen colour.
As initial trends started pouring in, a war of words broke out between the TMC and the BJP, with the latter accusing the ruling party of “making last desperate attempts to loot votes by blocking opposition agents from entering counting centres.”
“TMC goons are making desperate attempts to steal the elections by obstructing the counting agents and candidates of the BJP and other opposition political parties from entering counting centres. They are being restricted from going towards the venue, and bombs are being hurled to intimidate counting agents,” leader of the Opposition, Suvendu Adhikari, said.
Refuting the allegations, TMC spokesperson Kunal Ghosh said, “Sensing defeat, they are making baseless allegations.”
“Rejected by people and sensing humiliating defeat, this is BJP’s last attempt to come up with lame excuses to make up for its own organisational failures,” he said.
“We salute the people that despite all these (hurdles), they have supported the Left Front candidates,” CPI(M) state secretary Mohd Salim said. The CPI(M) leader alleged that the ruling party was misusing the police and administration to get back to power in the panchayats.
(With inputs from agencies)


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