Source: News Bharati English18 May 2017 11:25:13

Kolkata, May 18: The result of 7 municipal elections in North Bengal has been declared yesterday. The ruling party All India Trinamool Congress (AITMC) has retained their dominance in the latest election.  AITMC has won 4 Municipalities out of 7. Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) has won the remaining three municipalities. The GJM has a powerful role in Hill area of North Bengal. The party has acquired a majority in hill area whereas AITMC has dominance in plains. Significantly, The Bharatiya Janata party could manage to win 3 wards for the first time in the hill area.

In Mirik Municipality, the Morcha had dominance for four decades. But this election result shows the status quo of Mirik is broken as the voters from hill area are gradually losing hope in Morcha. TMC has gained a majority in 6 wards out of 9 wards of Mirik Municipality. West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has thanked Mirik for reposing faith in TMC.

The oppositions have alleged TMC for booth rigging. Congress leader Adhir Chodhury has told that TMC has acquired the power forcefully by using their money and goons. Raiganj municipality, the core area of Congress could not manage to give hope to Congress. They have won only 2 wards in Raiganj Municipality.

The previous ruling party of west Bengal, CPM is also going through a rough phase. They have been able to win only 2 wards in 7 municipalities. This is a bad setback for them.  They have a majority in Domkal Bidhansava Kendra, still, they have lost in the wards of Domkal Municipality.

Compared to Congress and CPM, BJP has achieved success to some extent. This is the first election, where BJP has won 3 seats in this area. Even in some wards, they have obtained the second place from left.  This has raised concern for TMC. BJP state secretary Dilip Ghosh said,  “ Instead of TMC terror, BJP vote has increased in all the areas.  In Pujali, our vote has increased by 10% and in Raiganj by 16%. This shows voters from West Bengal want to see BJP in power. “