The Trinamool Congress (TMC), led by Mamata Banerjee, has further consolidated its dominant position in West Bengal with a resounding victory in the panchayat elections. The TMC triumphed by securing all 20 zilla parishads in the state.
In the remaining two tiers of the panchayat system, the ruling party continued its unbeatable streak, securing approximately 80% (2,641 out of 3,317) of the gram panchayats and 92% (313 out of 341) of the panchayat samitis, as announced by the State Election Commission on Wednesday night.
This landslide victory spanned across the entire state, from South 24 Parganas to Cooch Behar in the north. Although the TMC did not secure any seats in the two Hill districts of Kalimpong and Darjeeling, its ally BGPM (Bharatiya Gorkha Prajatantrik Morcha) emerged victorious, winning a majority of 30 out of 42 gram panchayats in Kalimpong and 38 out of 70 gram panchayats in Darjeeling.
The Trinamool Congress (TMC) achieved an overwhelming victory in the zilla parishads, securing 880 out of the total 928 seats. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) managed to win only 31 seats, while the Congress and Left Front secured 13 and two seats respectively.
Moving to the panchayat samitis, the TMC dominated once again by claiming a remarkable victory in 313 panchayat samitis. In contrast, the BJP could only secure seven seats. The Left Front managed to win two seats, while the Congress did not secure any. Additionally, nine panchayat samitis were won by other parties, including Independents, and there was a situation of undecided results in 11 panchayat samitis.