West Bengal civic polls: Mamata marches ahead, BJP limps

Last Updated: Wed, May 17, 2017 15:50 hrs
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Kolkata: The Trinamool Congress on Wednesday won four municipalities in West Bengal -- one in Darjeeling hills and three in the plains -- while Gorkha Janmukti Morcha captured three civic bodies in the hills, including Darjeeling.

Official sources said the TMC won Domkal municipality in Murshidabad district capturing 18 of the 21 wards. Congress emerged victorious in the rest two seats while the Communist Party of Indian-Marxist bagged one.

In Raigunj municipality of North Dinajpur district, the TMC captured 24 of the 27 wards while Congress won in two wards and the Bharatiya Janata Party in one.

The TMC bagged Pujali municipality in South 24 Paraganas district winning 12 of the 16 wards. The BJP bagged two seats while Congress and Independent won one seat each.

Although GJM managed to retain three civic bodies in the hills, the TMC put up a creditable performance winning in Mirik. Of the nine seats in Mirik, the TMC won six and the GJM three.

The GJM, however, maintained its supremacy in other civic bodies in the hills.

The Morcha won 31 of the 32 seats in Darjeeling municipality where TMC has been able to emerge victorious in one seat.

In Kurseong, the GJM won 17 wards while TMC bagged the remaining three.

The GJM also won the civic body in Kalimpong capturing 19 of the 23 seats while the TMC bagged two.

Jan Andolan Party of Harka Bahadur Chetri, a former GJM leader who tried to outsmart the Morcha, failed to make a major gain in Kalimpong and managed to win only two seats.

Elections to the seven municipalities were held on May 14.

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