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PoliticsTMC's wins massively, BGPM rises as dominant political force in Darjeeling hills

The ruling Trinamool Congress (TMC) won 42,097 gram panchayat seats out of the total 63,229 across West Bengal.

This was revealed on the State Election Commission (SEC) website till 6 am Wednesday. The BJP, with 9,223 seats, was a distant second. Among others, the Left Front clinched 3,021 seats, the Congress secured 2,430 while the rest, including the independent candidates, won 2,866 seats, according to the SEC.

In terms of the number of gram panchayats, the TMC won 2,562 out of the total 3,317. While the BJP emerged winner in 212 gram panchayats, the Left Front secured victory 42, the Congress in 17 and the ISF in 8.

Other parties, including, independent candidates, are leading in 83 gram panchayats. Interestingly, there was hung condition in 263-gram panchayats. The counting in the rest of the seats is still on. The party’s second-in-command Abhishek Banerjee said that the “roaring mandate” would pave the way for the party’s performance in the next year’s Lok Sabha elections.

Thanking the people of West Bengal for voting for his party in the three-tier panchayat elections, he in a dig at the main Opposition party, the BJP, said the campaign of “No Vote to Mamata” has turned into “Now Vote for Mamata”.

A Twitterati supporter of TMC shared that Bengal has chosen progress over recess, love over hate.

Bharatiya Gorkha Prajatantrik Morcha Rises in Darjeeling Hills

According to the latest results issued by the district administration, the Bharatiya Gorkha Prajatantrik Morcha (BGPM) has emerged as the dominant political force in the Darjeeling hills of West Bengal. The BGPM, led by Anit Thapa, the chief executive of the Gorkhaland Territorial Administration (GTA), secured a significant number of panchayat seats in the recent rural polls held in Darjeeling and Kalimpong districts.

The two-tier panchayat elections were conducted in the area under the GTA, which is a semi-autonomous council already controlled by the BGPM. These elections took place after a gap of 23 years on July 8. In the Darjeeling district alone, the BGPM won 349 out of 598 seats across 70 gram panchayats, solidifying its position as the most influential political party in the region.

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