Despite enormous attempts by other parties including BJP to gain larger representation in West Bengal, Mamata Banerjee’s Trinamool Congress (TMC) continues to hold sway in the state. And TMC has proved that once again today by sweeping the civic polls in West Bengal. TMC has won a landslide victory by claiming 140 of the 148 seats in the seven urban local bodies in the state. The seven urban local bodies are Durgapur, Dhupguri, Buniyadpur, Coopers’ Notified Area, Nalhati, Panshkura and Haldia. BJP managed to win only 6 seats in the civic polls. One seat was won by the Left Front partner Forward Bloc and one seat was won by an independent candidate. The CPM and Congress fared ever worse as they could not even open their account.
Speaking about the party’s resounding victory, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said that it was people’s victory. Mamata said that the opposition got less than 1 percent of the overall votes in the civic polls. She also thanked the people of West Bengal for their immense support to TMC.
However, BJP appears unfazed even when TMC has registered a landslide victory. BJP’s Bengal minder Kailash Vijayvargiya said that the party has doubled its count from 3 in 2012 to 6 in 2017. He said that this clearly shows people in West Bengal are beginning to understand the BJP’s message. He said that BJP is going to do better in 2019.