Kolkata: Trinamool Congress Party (TMC) led by Mamata Banerjee Wednesday won local elections in 04 of the 07 West Bengal towns, including Mirik Municipality in Darjeeling hills results of which were announced today afternoon.
The TMC victory is billed as the increasing clout of West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee at a time when she is facing attacks from aggressive Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP).
Mamata Banerjee while reacting to the victory of her party in the hills said on her Twitter account, "The hills are smiling."
Mamata Banerjee also said her party would work sincerely for the people in the hill areas.
The TMC victory in the Mirik Notified Area of the Darjeeling hills is the first in last three decades by a mainstream party. Mirki has been a strong hold of Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) for the last ten years.
The three other civic bodies where TMC registered victory are Domkal, Raigunj and Pujali in the plains.
In Murshidabad’s Domkal, the TMC won 18 of the 21 wards. The Congress won two and the CPI (M) one, and only 06 seats in total.
The TMC captured 24 of the 27 wards in Raigunj, while the Congress bagged two. In the Pujali municipality, the party won 12 of the 16, while the Congress and an Independent won one seat each.
In Mirik, the TMC won six of the nine seats while remaining 3 seats were captured by the GJM. In Darjeeling, the GJM won 31 of 32 seats, while the TMC managed to win one.
In Kurseong municipality, the GJM won 17 wards and the TMC won three. In Kalimpong, the GJM won 19 of the 23 seats, while the TMC bagged two.
The Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) tried hard to make its presence felt in the state eyeing the next assembly polls, but it could win just 03 seats - one seat in the Raigunj municipality of North Dinajpur district and two seats in Pujali in South 24 Paraganas.
Though the TMC won the Mirik civic body, the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) maintained its control in the hills winning three municipalities i.e. Darjeeling, Kurseong and Kalimpong.
The GJM chief Bimal Gurung hailed the victory of his party in the hill areas and accused the party of Mamata Banerjee of misusing administrative and money power in Mirik.
However, the TMC rejected the allegations as a "reflection of the political frustrations of the opposition".