Trinamool wins 4 out of 6 seats in municipal by-elections

Kolkata: Trinamool Congress (TMC) won 4 of the 6 seats in the municipal by-elections, the results of which were announced on Wednesday.

Saluting the voters, TMC Supremo Mamata Banerjee tweeted, “Voters of Bengal from North to South are once again showing their overwhelming preference for our Ma-Mati-Manush candidates, while Democracy smiles in the hills too thanks to our determination. Hello everyone!”

Congress and CPI(M) won one seat each. By-elections were held on Sunday in Ward 4 of Dum Dum Municipality, Ward 29 of South Dum Dum Municipality, Ward 3 of Bhatpara Municipality and Ward 17 of Chandannagore Municipality and in the Municipality from Panihati.

Bypoll took place in Ward 2 of Jhalda Municipality as Congress Councilor Tapan Kandu, who defeated the Trinamool candidate by 127 votes in the municipal ballot held a few months ago, was assassinated . In the by-election, Congress candidate Mithun Kandu, nephew of Tapan was elected by 778 votes from Ward 2.

In the municipality of Dum Dum, Dipen Majumdar of the CPI(M) died before the municipal elections and therefore the poll could not take place.

In Ward 29 of the Municipality of South Dum Dum, elections could not be held following a trial.

In Panihati Municipality, Minakshi Dutta of Trinamool Congress was elected. The seat became vacant after the assassination of her husband, Trinamool Congressman Anupam Dutta. In Bhatpara Municipality, Kanaklata Das was elected in Ward 3. Banashree Chatterjee of Trinamool Congress was elected in Ward 29 of Dum Dum South Municipality. Trinamool Congressman Tapas Ray was elected in Ward 4 of the Municipality of Dum Dum.

Ashok Ganguly of CPI(M) was elected from Ward 17 of the Chandannagore Municipal Corporation by 130 votes. Ram Chakraborty, Mayor of Chandannagore Municipal Corporation, said the BJP and CPI(M) had joined forces to defeat the Trinamool Congress.

Shantanu Sen, Congressman for Trinamool, said the results of the municipal poll showed that the people of Bengal were with Trinamool and supported the development work undertaken by Mamata Banerjee. “People have rejected the BJP and the party has no future in Bengal,” he said.

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