TMC retains KMC

MAMATA Banerjee-led TMC has swept the Kolkata Municipal Corporation elections to governor the iconic civic body for the third consecutive term. The polling for the 144-Member KMC  grouped in sixteen Boroughs was held on December 19 amid several poll-related violent incidents and allegations by the opposition parties of riggings by the ruling party. TMC  wins 134 seats while Congress and BJP have failed to cross double digits in the polls conducted by the West Bengal  Election Commission amid heightened security and following Covid-19 protocols across 4,959 polling booths. The opposition parties have approached Calcutta High Court praying for the cancellation of the polling and demanding fresh polls. HC has agreed to hear their petitions. TMC and BJP, the state’s main opposition, had put up 144 and 142 candidates respectively. Among other parties in the fray were  Congress and the CPI-M. Incidentally, TMC won all the 16 assembly segments in the metropolis in this year’s assembly elections. TMC supremo and State CM Mamata Banerjee has conveyed the heartiest congratulations to all candidates for winning in the KMC elections and the residents for supporting the party. Among the prominent candidates who have declared elected is Meena Devi Purohit of BJP for the sixth time from Ward Number 22, Urban Development Minister and ex-Mayor Firad Hakim and Mala Roy. After winning the elections, BJP leader Vijay Ojha said the party would have won many more seats if there was free and fair polling. Edited by PK Chakravarty

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