Mamata sweeps Bengal Panchayat polls

July 30, 2013 16:03
Mamata sweeps Bengal Panchayat polls

Trinamool Congress,West Bengal's ruling, experienced boisterous manner towards a massive victory in the rural polls, regarded as a curtain raiser to the next general elections as well as the biggest test of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee's popularity since she approached to power in 2011. The Trinamool has experienced victory otherwise is on the inclination of winning majority of the gram panchayats and the panchayat samilties the lowest and the middle levels, respectively, of the three-tier rural council system in 12 of the 17 districts of the state.

In the panchayat samities, the Trinamool's success story was more spectacular, as it was experiencing victory over 70 percent of the bodies overall, in contrast to about 60 percent in the gram panchayats. According to the present day results, the Trinamool had demanded by virtue of a right 163 of the 225 samities, accompanied by the opposition Left Front bagging 51. In fact, the Congress got only 19. Some of the samities returned hung judgements. Characterized by counting beyond in the gram panchayats and majority of panchayat samities, the Mamata magic seems to be unshakable in bulk of the districts, nevertheless the Sarada chit fund case, and other controversies which has resulted being stubbornly tenacious  to her government.

The Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M)-led Left Front, which had instituted its dominance in 13 districts in the preceding elections held in 2008, distressed immense losses, precisely in south Bengal. On the contrary, it managed undergoing betterment in some of the northern districts, mainly gaining an advantage from a triangular contest with the Trinamool cutting into the traditional bases of the Congress. The LF concluded as the single largest combination in the gram panchayats of Jalpaiguri district, and moved ahead in the samities. It also came up characterized by a good show in Murshidabad, Malda and North Dinajpur districts, for long strongholds of the Congress. Nadia district was experiencing a close fight between the Trinamool and the LF, with the former in the lead in the gram panchayats, and the latter moving ahead in the samities. The Congress, which developed third, seemed to have ruined the Trinamool's party in the district. The Congress bagged more than half of the gram panchayats in its stronghold Murshidabad, yet concluded second in the panchayat samities.

Nevertheless, in a tough three-way race with the Trinamool and the Left Front, the party slipped in its other strongholds Malda and North Dinajpur where it was running the zilla parishads for the previous five years. The Trinamool was far ahead of its rivals in its belt of south Bengal, where it was picking up an overwhelming number of gram panchyats in nine of the ten districts, except Nadia. The Trinamool also maintained its stranglehold over Singur of Hooghly district and East Midnapore's Nandigram, two rural areas where sustained and often violent farmers' protests led by the party against the then LF government's bid to obtain agricultural land for industries had scripted its reviving in the state highest development in the assembly polls victory in 2011. The LF, which was anticipating for revival of its fortunes in some of the districts, distressed rude shake up roughly in the former red forts of Burdwan, Bankura, Birbhum, North 24 Parganas, West Midnapore, Cooch Behar and Hooghly. The massive democratic exercise characterized by 1.69 lakh candidates in the battle  near about 90,000 of them women, has 58,865 seats up for snatch. The counting has just commenced for the zilla parishad seats. In 2008, the LF overcome by force 13 zilla parishads, followed by Congress and the Trinamool with two each. Happy over the outcome, Banerjee dedicated the victory to the people. Didi expresses that the people in the state have got back democracy through the panchayat polls. She dedicate this victory to the rural population of the state. It is the victory of Maa Maati Manush (Mother, Land and People).

On the other hand, LF chairman Biman Bose charged with a crime the Trinamool of wrongdoing illegally with the police and some State Election Commission officials in carrying out furious morality in the vote count. Parenthetically, the Trinamool experienced victory over 6,000 seats struggle for victory. Near about 24 people were forced to death during the five phased polls which commenced on July 11, yet Police informed that there was no unfavorable incident has taken place yet during counting.

Now, after all these drama Trinamool's success story gives us a prominent picture as to how much dirty politics can be in exploiting a nation's prosperity and ultimately ruin it's heritage value and development forever. Nothing much to say due to the fact that the more we say the more reality get's exposed and encourages frustration leading to genuine downgrading in every aspect of success. Good politics has become a thing of the past, as good leaders are scarce.

That's disgraceful!

(AW:Samrat Biswas)

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