West Bengal Panchayat Election Result: TMC set for a clean sweep, BJP at second spot

Kolkata, May 17: The ruling Trinamool Congress is all set for a clean sweep in the three-tier West Bengal panchayat polls with the party leading in most of the Gram Panchayat and Panchayat Samiti seats.
Out of 31,802 Gram Panchayat seats where polls were held, TMC has won 4,713 seats and leading in 2,762 seats till 1 pm. The BJP has emerged second after it won 898 GP seats and leading in 242 seats. Surprisingly independent candidates won 317 GP seats and leading in 136 seats. The CPM won 226 seats and leading in 161 seats. The Congress won 33 GP seats and leading in 60 seats.
Out of 6,123 Panchayat Samiti seats, TMC was leading in most of the seats. The counting of total 621 Zilla Parishad seats will begin shortly. State panchayat polls held on Monday were marred by widespread violence resulting in the death of 14 people. The polls were held in 66 per cent of the total seats as the TMC won 34 per cent seats uncontested. Yesterday, repoll was held in 572 seats across 19 districts. The counting of votes began today at 8 am across 291 counting centres.