Counting for Panchayat poll begins this morning; TMC takes initial lead

Mamata Sweeps in WB Panchayat Polls

Counting for Panchayat poll begins this morning; TMC takes initial lead

In this article, we'll follow the live updates of West Bengal Panchayat Samitis and winning candidates.

Surajit Kar Purkayastha, director general of police in West Bengal, said the administration had made adequate arrangements to pre-empt violence during polling, adding that the scale of violence witnessed on Monday was much smaller than in previous panchayat elections.

The booths, where re-polling took place, include 63 in Murshidabad, 52 in Coochbehar, 28 in West Midnapore and 10 in Hooghly among others.

The BJP has won 386 seats and is leading in 231 seats while the CPI (M) won 94 seats and is leading in 163 seats, the officials said.

According to the SEC, the TMC has won 2,467 gram panchayat seats and is leading in 2,683 seats. The post-poll violence was reported on Tuesday from Howrah district, South 24 Parganas district and North 24 Parganas.

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The Panchayat Samiti was, however, won by the ruling party.

Sources are saying that the Trinamool Congress has already won 20,163 of the total 58,692 seats unopposed. On Wednesday, repolling in 568 booths (will take place).

The ruling Trinamool Congress in West Bengal took an early lead in all three tiers of the panchayat polls after almost five hours of counting on Thursday. A quick glance at the results declared so far confirms the pattern of panchayat polls in West Bengal, where the ruling Trinamool Congress is head and shoulders ahead of its rivals; only the most powerful pair of binoculars may be able to trace the Opposition's presence.

"Where is the spirit of democracy?" "People were bullied", Modi said.

The process began at 8 AM amidst tight security.

"The TMC along with SEC (West Bengal State Election Commission) has murdered the democracy in the state". The Union home ministry has asked the West Bengal government to provide a detailed report on the violence during the polls.

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