Kolkata: As on expected lines, the Trinamool Congress has secured a majority in 75 of the 91 municipalities and municipal corporations that went to polls. In the all-important Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC), TMC has an unassailable lead in 115 wards, with the CPI (M)-led Left Front leading in 15 seats. BJP and Congress are leading in 7 and 5 wards, respectively.
Left Front was leading in 13 seats and the Congress and the BJP were leading in 7 seats each of the KMC, according to trends available so far. Kolkata’s Mayor and TMC candidate from ward from 131 Shovan Chattopadhyay, is leading over his nearest CPI(M) rival by a massive lead.
Election to the KMC and the Municipal polls in 91 municipalities in West Bengal, is being billed as the “semifinal” before the Assembly poll scheduled for next year. Contrary to KMC, trends available for Siliguri Municipal Corporation showed the CPI(M)-led Left Front marching ahead by taking a lead in maximum number of seats.
The counting of votes for the KMC elections held on April 18 and the municipal polls held in 91 municipalities began at 8 AM on Tuesday. Of the 91 municipal bodies, the TMC was leading in 67 municipalities, with some of them heading towards an absolute majority.
For the BJP aspiring to become a major force in the state after the Lok Sabha election, the civic poll would be a test of its popularity graph while the Congress, which has witnessed desertion in its rank, is trying hard to retain some pockets.