Counting has began in seven municipal bodies in West Bengal on Wednesday with the Mamata Banerjee-led Trinamool Congress hoping to trounce the Bimal Gurung-led Gorkha Janmukti Morcha in the hills.Seven civic bodies - four in the hills and three in the plains -- voted on Sunday but the election was marred by unprecedented violence that left several people injured.
According to the latest reports, TMC wins Mirik municipal election by winning 6 out of 9 wards. The win for the TMC in Mirik is significant. This is the first time that the TMC has won his seat located in the hills. Special thanks to Mirik. The hills are smiling Mamata Banerjee, West Bengal Chief Minister said in a series of tweets.
So far, the ruling Trinamool Congress has won four of seven municipalities and 60 wards out of 73 (or 82%) in Mirik, Domkal, Pujali and Raiganj. The four victories will bolster chief minister Mamata Banerjee, who is fighting a series of corruption allegations and asked people to vote based on her record of development.
The election results in seven municipalities is expected to set the ground for the 2018 panchayat and Lok Sabha elections.
Meanwhile, the Calcutta high court throws out petition by Congress to cancel civic poll results.