Politics & Governance

Kolkata Municipal Corporation Election Results: TMC leads in 100+ wards

Kolkata Municipal Corporation

The counting of votes for the Kolkata Municipal Corporation is underway amid tight security. The Trinamool Congress (TMC) is leading in over 133 wards out of 144 wards that fall under KMC. 

It looks like the All India Trinamool Congress (AITC) is all set to make a clean sweep in the recently concluded Kolkata Municipal Corporation Election. The counting of the votes is underway and as of now, TMC is leading in over 133 wards out of 144 wards. The Left Front is leading in four wards ( Ward No- 98,103, 21, 92) while the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is leading in three wards (Ward No- 50,22,23). The grand old Congress party is leading in only two wards (Ward No- 131,45).

The result for a few wards has been declared and TMC candidates, as of now, are winning the race by bagging 17 seats out of a total of 144 wards.  TMC heavyweight candidates Debasish Kumar (ward 85), Tarak Singh (ward 118), Mala Roy (ward 88), and others have already been declared as winners. Kajari Banerjee, the sister-in-law of the Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is also marching towards victory as she is leading by more than 3,728 votes from ward number 73. Former Mayor of the Kolkata Municipal Corporation and senior TMC leader Firhad Hakim has also been declared the winner from Ward No 82, making this his fifth victory as a TMC councilor. 

TMC cadres have already begun the celebrations outside the house of West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. There have also been reported incidents of clashes between the supporters of Congress-winning candidate Santosh Pathak and TMC workers outside Netaji Indoor Stadium where counting of votes is being held. However, the Kolkata Police have successfully dispersed the crowd and the situation has been brought under the control. Addressing the people and the press on the occasion, Mamata Banerjee said “TMC has secured a landslide victory as they work at the grassroots. Kolkata is now the safest city (in the country). We have already beautified the city. My intention now is to see that urban area, semi-urban area, and village area are developed.”

The elections to elect the Councillors and Mayor of the Kolkata Municipal Corporation were held on December 19. KMC has currently 144 wards under it and 40,48,357 people were eligible to vote in the recently concluded elections. 950 candidates were in the fray and 4,959 polling booths were set up to seal the fate of these candidates. There were also alleged reports of huge violence during the polling day. Bombs were also hurled and as of now, the cops have arrested around 72 people for creating disruption during the polling day. 

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