Wednesday, May 17, 2017

West Bengal municipal/civic polls: TMC going strong, setback for BJP. ‘The hills are smiling,’ says Mamata after TMC wrests Mirik from GJM


The victories in the civic bodies come nearly a year after the Trinamool Congress returned to power in the state winning 211 out of 294 seats.

As the Trinamool Congress won four of the seven municipalities in the civic polls in West Bengal, party chief Mamata Banerjee said the hills are smiling.

The Trinamool Congress created history by winning Mirik municipality in Darjeeling district. The TMC won six of the nine wards in Mirik, which has been a Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) stronghold.

With this win, the Trinamool Congress has become the first mainstream political party to win an election in the hills in the last three decades--regional parties have held sway in the hills for decades.

Even though the Congress and the CPM had struck up a seat-sharing arrangement for the civic polls, both parties have not been able to make a dent. In Domkal in Murshidabad district, the stronghold of state Congress chief Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, the Congress-Left Front combine could win just 1 ward against Trinamool that swept the municipality. The elected member quickly switched to the ruling party after his win was confirmed.

The BJP, which has been trying to position itself as the main opposition to Trinamool, won 3 wards – 2 in Pujali and 1 in Raiganj.

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which had
expected to give a stiff challenge to Mamata
Banerjee, failed to put a brake on the Trinamool
Congress's surge in West Bengal.

In West Bengal, the presence of BJP is mostly in Social Media and in TV. But in civic body election’17 result they won just 3 out of 148 wards.

The convincing victories in Pujali, Raiganj and Domkol, besides the win in Mirik, will give a major boost to Mamata Banerjee ahead of the General Elections in 2019.

The Trinamool Congress snatched Raiganj from the Congress by winning 24 of the 27 wards. The Congress managed to win just one ward, while the BJP got two.

As the Trinamool Congress took to Twitter to
 declare its "Trinamool all the way", party
 chief Mamata Banerjee tweeted,
 "Congratulations to Ma Mati Manush for
again and again putting their trust in us. We
 are honoured, privileged and humbled”

"Special thanks to Mirik for reposing faith in us. We will work sincerely for you. After so many decades, we begin a new era in the hills," said Mamata Banerjee.

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which had expected to give a stiff challenge to Mamata Banerjee, failed to put a brake on the Trinamool Congress's surge in West Bengal.

The convincing victories in Pujali, Raiganj and Domkol, besides the win in Mirik, will give a major boost to Mamata Banerjee ahead of the General Elections in 2019.

The Trinamool Congress snatched Raiganj from the Congress by winning 24 of the 27 wards. The Congress managed to win just one ward, while the BJP got two.

The results of the municipal elections also point towards BJP's failure to establish themselves as an alternative to the ruling TMC. BJP has received a setback as it has managed to win just three seats - two of the total 16 in Pujali and one out of 27 in Raiganj.

BJP had campaigned aggressively for the
municipal elections which were held on May 14.
The party ruling at the Centre has launched a multi-pronged strategy to register an impressive performance in the 2019 lok Sabha elections. In a bid to strengthen the organization, BJP president Amit Shah had toured West Bengal to launch 'Vistar Yatra' in Naxalbari on April 25.

He visited a tribal's house and knocked door-to-door as part of an intensive booth-level mass contact program in the cradle of the 50-year-old Maoist movement. He also held a meeting of party workers in booth number 93 of the Naxalbari Assembly constituency.

Amit Shah also went to Mamata Banerjee's Bhawanipur constituency in Kolkata the next day and launched mission "Ebaar Bangla" (West Bengal this time).

BJP has been attacking Mamata Banerjee and
 TMC over the corruption cases and law and
order issues. It harped on scams like Narada,
 Sarada and Rose Valley. With senior TMC
leaders such as Sudip Banerjee and Tapas Pal
 behind the bars, BJP highlighted the corruption
 by the ruling party during Mamata Banerjee's
regime.

The party also strived hard to publicize the
developmental programs of the Modi
government.

However, these efforts of BJP seem to have made no mark in the municipal elections.

In reality the communal campaign made by BJP
 and the vindictive attitude they are showing by
 using central agencies plus the way their Bhakts
 (BJP-IT cell) trolling abusively and aggressively
 resulting a negative wave against them.

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