Thursday, 20 January 2022

TMC Dominates Kolkata Civic Polls With Big Win

TMC Dominates Kolkata Civic Polls With Big Win

Today, Mamata Banerjee's Trinamool Congress galloped to a landslide victory in the Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) election, continuing its winning streak after the Bengal assembly polls in April-May the recent by-polls. The party is set for a third straight term in the Civic body.

TMC has won 17 of the 144 wards of the Kolkata Municipal Corporation, which took place on Sunday. In the last count, the state's ruling party led in 116 seats, keeping a vast lead over its nearest rivals, the BJP (five) and the Left (two). The Congress-led in just two wards.

As her rivals stayed in single digits, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee called the civic poll a victory for national politics.

She said.

"Other national parties also contested but they are all defeated. This is a mandate of the people, for the people, by the people,"

Ms. Banerjee said 

"We won a landslide victory because I am a daughter of the soil. We work on the ground, not in the skies. We do what we say," 

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Their recent political moves, including meetings with opposition players, have fuelled speculation that she will helm the 2024 offensive against the BJP.

TMC, which returned to power earlier this year with a big victory over its primary challenger BJP, had made significant gains in the civic body since 2015 when it won 114 seats. The Left is heading towards a substantial drop from its 15-seat tally in the previous polls. The Congress remains at number 4 and is expected to finish with fewer seats than before.

After fighting the assembly election in an alliance, the Left and the Congress decided to contest the Kolkata civic polls separately.

One of Trinamool's prominent candidates is Kajari Banerjee, the sister-in-law of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. She is leading by over 3,000 votes at ward number 73, Bhowanipore.

The Kolkata Municipal Corporation is divided into 144 administrative wards grouped into 16 boroughs.

The Bengal BJP has alleged violence and poll violations in the civic election. In a letter to the state EC on Sunday, the party described the Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) polls as a farce. It alleged that the police failed to check violence.

Earlier, the Trinamool Congress had accused the BJP of drawing voters with Biryani in one of the wards.

During the vote on Sunday, there were sporadic incidents of violence. Bombs were allegedly thrown at two polling booths.

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