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TMC’s Supremacy Continues: West Bengal Panchayat Elections Result in Decisive Victory

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TMC Emerges Victorious in West Bengal Panchayat Elections, BJP Secures Second Place

In a highly anticipated West Bengal panchayat elections, the ruling Trinamool Congress (TMC) has maintained its stronghold despite facing violence and allegations of electoral irregularities. The TMC has triumphed in over 28,000 seats out of a total of 63,229 gram panchayats, leaving its closest contender, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), trailing with around 7,500 seats. The Left Front and the Congress have secured the third and fourth positions, respectively, with less than 3,000 seats each.

Notably, the TMC has also secured sweeping victories in the panchayat samiti and zila parishad polls, securing 118 and 48 seats, respectively, out of a total of 825 and 928 seats. In contrast, the BJP has managed to win only two seats in each of these tiers, while the Left Front and the Congress have failed to secure any seats. Furthermore, the newly formed Indian Secular Front (ISF) and other parties have secured over 700 seats in the gram panchayats and over 1,600 seats in the panchayat samitis.

TMC's Supremacy Continues: West Bengal Panchayat Elections Result in Decisive Victory

The panchayat elections hold great significance as they serve as a crucial indicator of the political landscape leading up to the 2024 Lok Sabha elections. The TMC’s resounding victory in the 2023 assembly elections, where it defeated the BJP-led alliance by a significant margin, further solidifies its position. Additionally, the party’s strong performance in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, winning 22 out of the 42 seats in the state, has bolstered its standing.

TMC's Supremacy Continues: West Bengal Panchayat Elections Result in Decisive Victory

However, the panchayat polls were marred by widespread violence and clashes between rival political parties, resulting in the unfortunate loss of at least 15 lives on the day of polling and over 30 lives since the announcement of the election schedule. The BJP and other opposition parties have accused the TMC of instigating violence and rigging the polls, while the TMC, in turn, has blamed the BJP for inciting communal polarization and engaging in unlawful activities. In response to complaints of irregularities, the state election commission has ordered repolling in 696 booths across 19 districts on July 10. As of now, the counting of votes, which began on July 12, is still underway.

The outcome of the West Bengal panchayat elections has major implications for the state’s political landscape and sets the tone for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections. The TMC’s dominance, despite the challenges faced during the polls, further cements its position as a formidable political force in West Bengal.

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