Mamata Banerjee’s Trinamool Congress has unprecedentedly won more than one-third i.e. 34% seats in West Bengal’s Panchayat Polls without any contest before the elections held on May 14 – setting an all-time record beating the Left Front which won 11% of the total seats uncontested in 2003.
Even before the elections which will be held on May 14 in West Bengal for 58,692 Panchayat seats, CM Mamata Banerjee’s party, the Trinamool Congress has already won a stunning 34 per cent seats unopposed. From over 58,692 seats, over 20,000 seats were won by the TMC without contest – marking the highest number to go uncontested in Bengal’s history. Hence there will be no polling on exactly 20,076 seats of the total number of seats in West Bengal. The unprecedented moment is also a historic record-breaking feat which has broken the previous record of having the most percentage of 11% of uncontested seat wins back in 2003.
The last date for submission of nominations for the Panchayat Polls were closed on April 28 and after having no contenders, TMC candidates were declared as winners and party supporters have begun celebrations. Most of the uncontested victories for TMC came from districts of Birbhum, Bankura, Murshidabad and South 24 Parganas. The Trinamool Congress also set another record of uncontested victories in Zilla Parishads, the highest body in the three-tier panchayat system. Never before was a single ZP in Bengal was won uncontested, according to the State Election Commission (SEC) records.
For the remaining panchayat seats, the West Bengal Panchayat Polling will be held on May 14th and the ruling party’s formidable record even before polling has drawn flak from the opposition. Withdrawals in case of Gram Panchayat seats figured at 7033 for TMC, 4490 for BJP, 2490 for CPI(M) and 1383 for Congress. Others and independent have withdrawn 18,449 nominations. In case of Panchayat Samity, TMC has withdrawan 2407, BJP 931, CPI(M) 558 and Congress 301. Others and independent amounted to 4679.