Calcutta, Aug. 17 (PTI): The Trinamool Congress made a clean sweep of the seven civic bodies in which elections where held on August 13, while the Bharatiya Janata Party finished second in most places and pushed the Left Front down.
The BJP won six seats in three municipalities — four in Dhupguri and one each in Buniyadpur and Panskura.
The TMC bagged most of the seats in Panskura and Haldia in East Midnapore district, Nalhati in Birbhum, Buniyadpur in South Dinajpur and Dhupguri in Jalpaiguri districts.
The party captured all 43 wards in the Durgapur Municipal Corporation in Burdwan West district, all the 12 wards in Cooper's Camp, and all 29 seats in Haldia municipality.
The Left put up a poor show, with front partner Forward Bloc winning a seat in Nalhati municipality. The Congress failed to win a single seat.
“The results are a reflection of people's faith in the TMC government and a befitting reply to the canards spread against us,” TMC’s Partha Chatterjee said.
Senior TMC leader Gautam Deb said the Left had a tacit understanding with the BJP.
“The Left Front has shifted its vote to the BJP. The vote share of the TMC is intact; rather we have increased our vote share,” he said. I
State BJP president Dilip Ghosh said the TMC had won with money and muscle power.
“We all know that the TMC used money and muscle power to win the elections. We have seen how democracy was subverted by the TMC,” he said. “In spite of a reign of terror, we have managed to win seats and come up to the second position,” he said.
The Congress and the Left said the elections had been a ”farce”, and ”not a real reflection” of the people's mandate.
Adhir Chowdhury, president of the state unit of the Congress, said the TMC was ruling “autocratically” and poaching opposition candidates who manage to win.
”What is the use of conducting elections in Bengal? The TMC doesn't allow free and fair elections. If an opposition candidate manages to win, they poach on him,” he said.