Prime Minister Narendra Modi had attacked the Mamata Banerjee government over the violence in the panchayat polls and called it "murder of democracy". Veering towards middle-level panchayat samiti seats, ruling TMC has so far won 95 panchayat samiti seats and is leading in another 65, while the other parties haven't performed on par with the TMC.
According to reports, activists of TMC have allegedly indulged in stamping ballot papers even on results day.
According to the latest trend, Trinamool went ahead in nearly all the Zilla Parishad and Panchayat Samiti seats across 20 districts where rural election were held on May 14.
Kolkata: 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. However, in a surprise of sorts, the BJP emerged as the main Opposition, although it has been a distant number two. "Tribal people of the state have voted against the atrocities of the Trinamool Congress", said Basu. Congress has won 918 (29), followed by the Left Front, which won 1480 (and leading in 30) and 1614 seats have been won by independent candidates (who are leading in 33 seats). This is the first time in many years that the BJP has been elected to the GP level in every district of the state. It isn't the state election commission but the voters who have decided the fate of this election.
The BJP and the left managed to bag one Panchayat Samiti seats each. The CPI (M) and the BJP bagged 111 and 54 seats, respectively in the district, the SEC said.
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The CPM slipped to the third position by winning 1,306 gram panchayats and leading in another 27, the sources said.
Of the total 48,650 seats in gram panchayats, 16,814 went uncontested. As many as 26 independent candidates won in Singur, where the aborted small vehicle factory is still a simmering issue, many of them dissidents who distanced themselves from the Trinamool Congress and took on their former political bosses.
Out of the total 31,814 that were contested for, TMC has won 110 and is leading on 1,208, BJP has won 4 and is leading on 81, while CPI (M) has won 3 seats and has a lead on 58.
According to the latest figures, Trinamool has won in 20 out of 825 Zilla Parishad seats and is comfortably leading in another 22, while the opposition parties drew a blank.
Counting of votes in the zila parishads is continuing as of Thursday evening and early trends show the TMC ahead in all 20 zila parishads.
The panchayat polls have been marred by violence since the nomination phase with several people being killed on May 14 election day.