The Trinamool Congress reinforced its dominant position in rural West Bengal’s local bodies, bagging 9,270 seats in gram panchayats, while the BJP emerged as the main challenger to the ruling party in most districts, according to results available till 2 pm on Thursday.
State Election Commission (SEC) sources said the TMC was also ahead in 2,317 gram panchayat seats for which counting is in progress. The BJP has won 2,079 seats and is leading in 200 seats, while the CPI(M) captured 562 gram panchayat seats and is ahead in another 113, the SEC sources said.
The Congress won 315 seats and is leading in 61 seats, they said. Independent candidates have won 707 gram panchayat seats and are leading in 120 seats.