Bengal civic polls: TMC to wipe the slate clean, Mamata Banerjee congratulates people on tenure
On Monday, the Trinamool Congress (TMC) is poised to wipe the slate clean in West Bengal’s civic polls with its candidates leading in all four municipalities.
In Asansol, the TMC leads in 54 districts out of a total of 106, while the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leads in 4 districts. In Biddhannagar, the ruling party leads in 39 out of 41 wards, while Congress leads in one ward. In Chandannagar, the TMC leads in 19 out of 32 wards while the Left Front leads in one. In Siliguri, the ruling party leads in 38 districts out of a total of 47 while the BJP and the Left Front lead in 4 districts each.
Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee congratulated the members of these four civic bodies for voting for her party. “I would like to congratulate the people for entrusting us with this mandate. The election took place peacefully. The State Election Commission and administration played an important role in making sure people voted. There were no problems during the voting. This verdict will allow us to work for the people with more determination. I urge our workers and leaders not to respond to any provocation,” Banerjee said while speaking to a Bengali news channel.
The TMC leader also announced that Minister of State and party leader Gautam Deb would become the mayor of Siliguri. “In other civic councils, a discussion will take place about who will become the mayor. But for Siliguri, Gautam Deb will become the mayor as he is the highest leader there,” Banerjee said.
She also criticized the BJP for pursuing a negative policy and not working for the people of North Bengal.
In 2015, when the last elections for these four civic councils were held, the TMC had won the civic bodies of Asansol, Biddhannagar and Chandannagar while the Left-Congress alliance the civic body of Siliguri.
Amid sporadic incidents of violence, more than 71 percent of votes were cast in elections for four municipalities in West Bengal on Saturday.