The South Asian Times

21 September 2017 15:27 PM

Trinamool wins four, GJM three civic bodies in Bengal

By IANS

Kolkata, May 17: West Bengal's ruling Trinamool Congress has won in four municipalities, while the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha has managed to retain control in three in the northern hills, according to the civic polls results announced on Wednesday.

The Trinamool virtually wiped out all opposition in the plains where it won Raiganj, Domkal and Pujali municipalities. The Congress-Left Front alliance and the Bharatiya Janata Party came a cropper.

The Congress was decimated in its strongholds Raiganj and Domkal.

In North Dinajpur's Raiganj, the Trinamool bagged 24 of the 27 wards. The Left-Congress got two, and the BJP one.

In South 24-Parganas' Pujali, the Trinamool won a dozen of the 16 wards, while the BJP managed two. The Congress-Left Front alliance and others got one each.

Domkal in Murshidabad district saw the Trinamool capture 18 wards, and the Congress-Left three.

However, two of the victorious opposition councilors switched over to the Trinamool soon after, raising the ruling party's strength to 20.

In the hills, however, the GJM managed to retain its top spot, but the Trinamool also made substantial gains by winning the Mirik Notified area, and picking up seats in Darjeeling, Kalimpong and Kurseong.

In Mirik, the Trinamool broke the GJM stranglehold by gaining a two-thirds majority. The Trinamool captured six wards, and the GJM the remaining three.

In Darjeeling, the GJM captured all but one of the 32 wards. A Trinamool candidate won that seat.

In the 23-ward Kalimpong Municipality, the GJM was triumphant in 18, the Trinamool in two, while the remaining three went to others.

The GJM also retained its domination in Kurseong, emerging winner in 17 wards, with the remaining three pocketed by Trinamool.

Update: 17 May, 2017

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